Saturday, August 29, 2015

Some pending (and one recently resolved) lawsuits against the City of Long Branch

As a public service, I obtained records from three pending and one recently resolved New Jersey Superior Court lawsuits against the City of Long Branch (Monmouth County):

Akintoye Laoye v. Long Branch Police Department, et al., Docket No. MON-L-274-12.

Mr. Laoye said that he was at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune on January 31, 2011 when Long Branch Police Officer Patrick Joyce, after "showing a badge," struck him with "hands, fists, bottles and other objects."  Trial scheduled for October 26, 2015 before Judge Katie A. Gummer.

Partner Engineering & Science v. City of Long Branch, Docket No. MON­-L-­633­-15.

Partner Engineering & Science, which acquired the assets of Birdsall Engineering Services in bankruptcy court, sued the City of Long Branch for $58,182.56 that the City allegedly owed Birdsall.

Alfred Cistaro v. City, Docket No. MON­-L­-4964­-13

Cistaro, a Long Branch police officer, brought suit against Public Safety Director Alfonse Muolo, Captain Peter Antonucci and Lieutenant John Shea.  Cistaro claims that Shea assaulted him while the pair was at the Cabana Club on Ocean Avenue responding to a report of a riot.  Shea allegedly told Cistaro "I am writing you up and I will make it stick" and "I don't care if you are the P.B.A. president."  After he reported the alleged assault
to several officials, Cistaro claimed that the City "took [him] off duty on an unpaid basis."

Brian Asarnow v. City, Docket MON­-L­-4039­-11.

Litigant's 212-paragraph complaint against the Mayor, Council and several City officials and private businesses, filed in 2011, was tried to a jury on May 19, 2015.  The verdict dismissed the complaint against the defendants who remained and taxed the court costs against Asarow.