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Maria Short
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Biography

Education:

B.S. Journalism University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Masters in Environmental Law and Policy, Vermont Law

Juris Doctor Quinnipiac School of Law, Health Law Concentration

 

 

This award-winning journalist specialized in research, writing and social justice. 

Curriculum Vitae
Articles from New Jersey Law Journal
 

Mass Tort:

 

  1. Mass-Tort Designation Sought for Diagnostic Dye Linked to Disease, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, February 8, 2008


A Princeton-based diagnostic dye manufacturer, facing mounting lawsuits alleging its product has adverse health effects, is seeking to have the litigation centralized as a mass tort in New Jersey. 

 

  • Merck Plans Defense of Each Vioxx Suit Not Within Settlement, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, November 20, 2007.
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    Merck & Co. Inc. may have settled the bulk of its Vioxx cases, but it plans to try each of the 2,950 New Jersey suits that fall outside the agreement.

     

     

    3.     Mass tort status sought for suits over toxins at former Ford site, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, September 21, 2007,
     
    Ford Motor and two co-defendants are seeking mass tort designation for multiple suits involving 656 plaintiffs who are seeking damages for health hazards from a New Jersey toxic landfill near a former Ford plant.
     
    First Impression: 

     

  • Over Defense Objection, Plaintiff Can Compel Videotaping of Her Deposition,
  • Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, August 19, 2008

     

    In a case of first impression, a Bergen County judge has ruled that a plaintiff can compel the videotaping of her own deposition, even if the deposing party opposes it.

     

     

     

     

    Workers Compensation/Disability:

     

  • Tinnitus Without Hearing Loss Qualifies for Workers' Comp Benefits
  • Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, August 1, 2007

     

    Tinnitus -- a persistent ringing in the ears -- is a compensable disability under New Jersey's workers' compensation laws, even without a loss of hearing, a state appeals court has ruled in a

     

     

    case of first impression. The court held that the condition can meet the definition of a permanent partial disability under the state workers' compensation law, even though tinnitus doesn't qualify as hearing loss under the state's Occupational Hearing Loss Act.

     

    Lawyer/Judicial Ethics:

    1. Reprimand Urged for Lawyer Who Overcharged on Contingent Fees

    Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, March 13, 2008. http://www.njlawjournal.com/id=900005505838/Reprimand-Urged-for-Lawyer-W...

     

    2,   Reprimand Sought For Judge Caught On Candid Camera, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, May 23, 2008. http://www.njlawjournal.com/id -Sought-For-Judge-Caught-On-Candid-Camera

  • Admonition Likely for Judge Who Signed Order for Court Employee ...
  • www.njlawjournal.com/.../Admonition-Likely-for-Judge-Who-Signed-Order-fo......

    Apr 17, 2008  

     

    An ethics prosecutor is asking for a reprimand for a municipal court judge who signed a temporary restraining order in the domestic-violence case of his court administrator, but the gentler discipline of admonition is more likely. 

     

    4.     Foul-Mouthed Tirades Put N.J. Judge in Hot Seat, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, June 25, 2008

     

    An Essex County, N.J., judge's use of obscenities on the bench to get his point across is certain to get him disciplined. The only question is whether his conduct was bad enough to warrant a time-out.

    5.     Lawyer Sanctioned for Suing Over Adversary's Deposition Questions

    Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, April 10, 2008

    A plaintiffs lawyer who alleged in court that his adversary's questions at a deposition caused his client emotional distress has been sanctioned for filing a frivolous suit. 

    Lawyer Conflicts:

  • Ex-Prosecutor Can Appear in Trooper Case, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, February 8, 2008
  • A New Jersey appeals court on Friday reversed a judge's order that had disqualified a former assistant attorney general from defending a state trooper implicated in a rape investigation.

     

    Lawyer Issues:

  • Part-time lawyering makes inroads at large NJ firms - New Jersey Law ...
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    Sep 13, 2007

     

    Sanctions against Lawyers and Clients

     

    8.     Judge Imposes $165,000 Sanction on Lawyer, Client for Frivolous ...

    www.njlawjournal.com/.../Judge-Imposes-165000-Sanction-on-Lawyer-Client-for-Frivo...Aug 8, 2008 - A Camden County judge orders a Cherry Hill attorney and his employment-law client….

  • Lawyer Sanctioned for Suing Over Adversary's Deposition Questions ...
  • www.thelegalintelligencer.com/.../Lawyer-Sanctioned-for-Suing-Over-Adver......

    Apr 10, 2008 - A plaintiffs lawyer who alleged in court that his adversary's questions at a deposition caused his …..

     

  • Over Defense Objection, Plaintiff Can Compel Videotaping of Her ...
  • www.njlawjournal.com/.../Over-Defense-Objection-Plaintiff-Can-Compel-Vid......

     

    Over Defense Objection, Plaintiff Can Compel Videotaping of Her Deposition… Maria Vogel-ShortNew Jersey Law Journal. August 19, 2008.

     

  • Judge Judicial Discipline Weighed for 'Penny Popping' N.J. Judge ...
  • www.thelegalintelligencer.com/.../Judge-Judicial-Discipline-Weighed-for-......

     

    Dec 15, 2008 -  Peter Tourison isn't the first judge to come up for discipline as the result of a drunken driving conviction, but he may be the first to have tried to beat the DWI rap by exploiting the foibles of New Jersey's new breath-testing device

     

    New Law Firm Development

     

    Lawyers Strike Out on Their Own, Conflict-Free, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal

    November 3, 2008.

     

    Afflicted with conflicts of interest, Budd Larner's 10-lawyer property insurance practice group has left the Short Hills, N.J., firm to open a specialized practice in Morristown.

     

     

    Novel Law Suits

    Millionaire Pursues New Marital Tort: Alienation of Children's Affection, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, November 6, 2007,

    In a suit that could create a new marital tort in New Jersey, a noncustodial millionaire-developer father is suing his children's mother for alienation of their affection for him and seeking recovery for psychological damages. New Jersey has no legal precedent for an alienation-of-affection suit by one parent against the other, but the state has allowed other interspousal tort actions. The plaintiff accuses his former common-law wife of moving and cutting off all of his contact with their two children.

     

    Judge Tosses Father's Suit Alleging Alienation of Children's Affection, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, September 12, 2008

    A Morris County judge, finding no reason to disturb a 73-year-old statute, dismisses a father's marital tort lawsuit against his children's mother for alienation of their affection.

     

    Trends

  • Law Firms Are Warming Up to Wellness Programs
  • Firms focus on employee health to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity

    Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, June 22, 2007

    More law firms are offering health education, medical monitoring and diet/exercise programs to improve employee vitality and, hopefully, reduce health insurance costs.

    Technology

    12.  Federal E-Filing Becomes Routine With Training, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, June 28, 2007

     

    Two-and-a-half years after electronic filing became mandatory in New Jersey's federal courts, court officials say lawyers are sending in paper documents each week that should have been filed online. But that number is diminishing, thanks in part to training offered by the district court.

  • State Bar to Navigate With Technology, Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal
  • May 21, 2008

    It's no secret bar association membership is sagging, but information technology can help that, says Peggy Sheahan Knee, incoming president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She's pushing for improvements in the Bar's Web site and for more use of remote communications for State Bar business.

     

    Health Law

    14.  Suits Over Antiobiotic Ketek Bolstered by House Inquiry Into Faulty Testing

    Posted February 18, 2009, By Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal, February 13, 2008,

    Plaintiffs in New Jersey and six other states who claim the antibiotic Ketek caused liver disease are getting a booster shot from a congressional inquiry into the clinical trials that led to FDA approval.

     

    Awards:

    1. Society for Professional Journalists – New Jersey Chapter Journalism Awards for 1999,

     

    3rd Place Maria Vogel-Short, Column Writing, New Jersey Herald,  “Sad Day for Mothers of Slain Pizza Deliverymen”

     

  • Society for Professional Journalists — New Jersey Chapter Journalism Awards for 2001
  • Health, Science, Technology, and Environmental Reporting

    2nd Place Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Lawyer, "Postpartum depression: Making of a new defense"

     

  • Society for Professional Journalists — New Jersey Chapter Journalism Awards for 2002
  • First Place, Health, Science, Technology and Environmental Reporting 1. Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Lawyer, "The AG's computer porn cops"

  • Society for Professional Journalists — New Jersey Chapter Journalism Awards for 2003
  • First Place, Column Writing: Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Lawyer, “Joseph Hayden, Criminal Lawyer”

  • 2004 NJPA Editorial Contest
  • W-05, Reporting, Writing and Illustration, Coverage of Government-Art Weissman Memorial Award

    Third Place "Officials Considering Splitting from West Morris" Maria Vogel-Short, Observer Tribune, Chester, Recorder Community Newspaper

     

  • 2005 NJPA Editorial Contest
  • Category: Reporting, Writing and Illustration, News Writing

    3rd Place: “ ‘Gem’ Of A Daughter is Laid to Rest” Maria Vogel-Short, Observer Tribune, Chester Recorder Community Newspapers

     

    Publications

    N.J. Law Journal

    New Jersey Lawyer

    N.J. Herald

    The Daily Record

    Pocono Record

    N.H. Monitor

    Gloucester County Times