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5 posts from April 2011

April 27, 2011

Township Settles with Soussa

MES A decade-old matter has finally been resolved with the out-of-court settlement of the civil case of Salem Street Associates and Ronald Soussa V. The Planning Board of the Township of Montville, the Township of Montville, and John Rosellini.

Soussa, a Montville Township businessman, has been awarded $700,000 for civil rights violations and breach of contract, $100,000 of which will be paid directly by the township, The rest is covered by an insurance carrier.   Continue reading NorthJersey.com.

April 12, 2011

Casha & Casha - A Montville Story

Casha and casha Casha & Casha LLC has been a Montville Township-based law firm since 1980, but the partnership of Casha and Casha goes back even longer.

Larry and Debra Casha began dating as students at Montville High School and continued their relationship at Montclair State University. While clearly they knew from a young age that they were meant for each other, neither of them initially sought law as a profession. 

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April 11, 2011

Montville and Insurer to pay $700,000 legal settlement

Lawsuit settlement A seven-year legal battle drew to a close yesterday when the insurer for Montville Township agreed to terms of a settlement with a local developer who filed a lawsuit charging civil rights violations and breach of contract.

Ronald Soussa will receive a total of $700,000, with $600,000 coming from the insurer and $100,000 directly from the township. A tentative settlement, which awaited the insurer’s acceptance, was announced in Superior Court in Morristown two weeks ago.  See Star Ledger and Judge Davenport Charged With Ethics Violations.

April 06, 2011

Judge Davenport Charged With Ethics Violations

Seth  The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct has filed a formal complaint entitled In the Matter of Seth I. Davenport, Former Judge of the Municipal Court. 

A former municipal judge accused of doing legal work for his town's mayor while serving on the bench has been charged with judicial ethics violations. Seth Davenport, who was Montville's judge for seven years until resigning last April, also submitted a false certification denying that he represented the mayor after becoming a judge, the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct alleges in a complaint made public on Monday.

During an interview with ACJC staff on Oct. 5, 2010, Davenport admitted it was "improper" for him to represent then-mayor John Rossellini Jr. while a judge and that the certification, filed in a Superior Court case, was "incorrect." Davenport, who became Montville judge in January 2003, allegedly kept handling personal legal matters for Rosellini until at least December 2004.  See Neighbor News, Daily Record, and Star Ledger.

See previously Judge Davenport Under Investigation.

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April 05, 2011

A warm and worldly welcome

It was an exciting evening as dozens of proud spectators gathered at Montville Township HighMontville high school   School’s auditorium to attend the World Language National Honor Societies Induction Ceremony. Each society welcomed its new 2011-2012 members. Ninety-one juniors and seniors who met the requirements were inducted on Tuesday, March 22.

Preparations for the event began several months ago. This year’s ceremony incorporated traditional and new touches.  Continue reading Neighbor News