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.
Articles from New Jersey Law Journal
- 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 & 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
Sep 13, 2007
Sanctions against Lawyers and Clients
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….
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 Deposition… Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Law Journal. August 19, 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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”
Health, Science, Technology, and Environmental Reporting
2nd Place Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Lawyer, "Postpartum depression: Making of a new defense"
First Place, Health, Science, Technology and Environmental Reporting 1. Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Lawyer, "The AG's computer porn cops"
First Place, Column Writing: Maria Vogel-Short, New Jersey Lawyer, “Joseph Hayden, Criminal Lawyer”
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
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