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Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

On June 9, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division reinstated a June 2012 Morris County jury verdict in favor of former Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education Transportation Coordinator, Kathleen Warrick, on her tortious interference claim against Michael Strumolo. Mr. Strumolo was the school bus maintenance contractor for the Parsippany Board of Ed for almost 30 years.  A Morris County jury found in favor of Ms. Warrick’s claim that Mr. Strumolo’s conduct led to her being fired by the Board of Ed.  Ms. Warrick, as Transportation Coordinator, had repeatedly raised concerns about Mr. Strumolo’s maintenance of the Parsippany Board’s school buses in light of multiple buses on numerous occasions failing New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission inspections and that Mr. Strumolo retaliated by using his political connections to get Ms. Warrick fired.  The Appellate Division ruled that the trial judge erroneously threw out the jury verdict against Mr. Strumolo and concluded there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find that Mr. Stumolo had unlawfully interfered with Ms. Warrick’s Board of Ed position and ordered that a trial setting damages should take place. The same jury had ruled against her whistleblower claim against the Board of Education and the Appellate Division rejected her claims of trial errors on that claim.  It is anticipated that aspect of the Appellate Division’s decision will be appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.  Jon Green  represented Ms. Warrick both at trial and on appeal. The Appellate Division decision and Star Ledger article reporting the opinion can be accessed by clicking on the links.