Patterson joins HV-CAI Executive Board

Posted on April 13th, 2017

Stacey R. Patterson, Esq. has been appointed to the Executive Board of Community Association Institute’s Hudson Valley Chapter. The CAI Hudson Valley Chapter serves the educational, business, and networking needs of community associations in the Hudson Valley New York area. Members include condominium, cooperative, and homeowner associations as well as those who provide services and products to associations.

Class Action Suit filed against Welch Foods, Inc. & The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc.

Posted on April 11th, 2017

ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC recently commenced a class action against Welch Foods, Inc. and The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc. seeking redress for Defendants’ unconscionable and deceptive consumer practices in misrepresenting the fruit content and the nutritional and health qualities of Welch’s fruit snacks (the “Fruit Snacks” or “Products”), in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, Monmouth County.

The Complaint alleges that Defendants engaged in a deceptive marketing campaign to convince consumers that the Fruit Snacks contain significant amounts of the actual fruits shown in the marketing and on the labeling of the Products, are nutritious and healthful to consume, and are more healthful than similar products. In fact, these representations are not accurate.

For example, in a May 19, 2009 press release announcing the launch of the Island Fruits variety of the Fruit Snacks, Michael Rosenberg, President and CEO of Promotion in Motion, claimed, “Like all Welch’s® Fruit Snacks, new Island Fruits is made with Real Fruit and Fruit Juices . . . It’s a better alternative to lots of other snacks as it also contains 100% of the daily value of Vitamin C, 25% of the daily value of Vitamins A and E and is fat free. We find that Mom is putting one pack of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Island Fruits in her kid’s lunchbox—and keeping one pack for herself.” Indeed, Defendants label and market the Fruit Snacks as “Made With REAL Fruit,” prominently depict a cornucopia of characterizing fruits on the front of each package, and prominently claim that “Fruit is our 1st Ingredient!”

However, Defendants’ Fruit Snacks contain only minimal amounts of the vibrantly depicted fruits, and are no more healthful than candy. In fact, two of the first three ingredients in the Fruits Snacks are added sweeteners. On average, sugar makes up 40% of each serving of the regular Fruit Snacks, 60% of each serving of the Fruit ’n Yogurt Snacks, more than half of each serving of the PB & J Snacks, and about 40% of the Fruit Rolls Snacks. The Products are mostly a combination of corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, juice from concentrate, and artificial flavors and dyes. The fruits that Defendants depict in the marketing and labeling of the Fruit Snacks are not the most predominant fruit in the Product and Defendants are only able to claim that “Fruit is our 1st Ingredient!” by violating federal labeling law.

Thus, although Defendants market their Fruit Snacks as healthful and nutritious, these Products are devoid of the health benefits Plaintiff and other reasonable consumers associate with consuming real fruit.

The Complaint alleges that Defendants’ deceptions played a substantial part in influencing Plaintiff’s, and other consumers’, decisions to purchase the Fruit Snacks. Plaintiff relied on Defendants’ “Made With REAL Fruit” claims prominently displayed on the front of the Products’ packages. If Plaintiff had known the true fruit content, as well as the true nutritional and health qualities of the Fruit Snacks she purchased, she would not have purchased the Fruit Snacks.

As a result, the Complaint alleges that Defendants’ deceptive statements regarding the Fruit Snacks violate state and federal law. Plaintiff asserts claims on behalf of herself and on behalf of all purchasers of the Fruit Snacks for Defendants’ violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 et seq. (“CFA”), the New Jersey Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. 56:12-14 through 18 (“TCCWNA”), and for fraud, breach of express and implied warranties, and unjust enrichment.

Plaintiff is jointly represented by ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC and the RICHMAN LAW GROUP.

ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC regularly pursues claims on behalf of consumers deceived by marketing, labeling, or other misinformation concerning food and other products in the marketplace. If you, or someone you know, has purchased a product relying on deceptive information please contact Joshua S. Bauchner ( or Michael H. Ansell ( to discuss your case.



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Wiechnik wins $2M verdict for Falcon Ridge

Posted on March 31st, 2017

The Superior Court of New Jersey recently entered a $2M, verdict against Silver Fox, LLC, and in favor of Falcon Ridge Condominium Association, Inc. Falcon Ridge is a 27 building condominium situated in Hamburg New Jersey. Silver Fox, LLC, is the successor sponsor and developer of Falcon Ridge.

Falcon Ridge originally filed suit in December 2011, asserting a variety of claims, including negligence, breach of warranty and breach of implied warranty. Falcon Ridge’s expert, Mitchell Frumkin of KIPCON, Inc., estimated that Silver Fox’s negligence and breach of warranty caused $1,782,000.00, worth of damage to Falcon Ridge’s owners and residents. The parties attempted mediation, but the matter was not able to be settled amicably.

After a two-week, non-jury, trial, the Honorable Frank J. Deangelis ruled that Silver Fox had negligently constructed common elements. He ruled further that Silver Fox breached both implied and express warranties, in regards to Falcon Ridge’s buildings.

Mark Wiechnik, Chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Community Association Law Group’s Construction Defect Practice, oversaw the litigation since its onset, and personally represented Falcon Ridge at trial.

For questions concerning construction defects or any other litigation matters, please contact Mark Wiechnik, Esq. by email at

Patterson on panel for CAI roundtable

Posted on March 2nd, 2017

Stacey Patterson, Esq. will serve as a panel member in a roundtable luncheon discussion with property managers and homeowners, answering legal questions affecting New York community associations, as presented by the attendees. This event is hosted by the Community Associations Institute Hudson Valley. The luncheon will talk place at the Hyatt House in White Plains, New York on March 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Attendance is free for property managers and homeowners. Please visit the CAI website for more details and to find out how you can register.

AGA offering new service for companies seeking government contracts

Posted on February 28th, 2017

ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, P.C. is excited to announce a professional alliance with REMTC, Inc. to provide a new service in the field of security compliance for government contracting work.

REMTC, Inc. has over 20 years of experience and a tremendous success rate in providing consulting services to government contractors large and small to ensure compliance with all applicable eligibility regulations for government contracts and to secure and maintain security clearances. With new regulations coming into effect, even companies with existing contracts and security clearances will need to ensure compliance with the new regulatory framework. Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC attorneys can assist clients in navigating this complex process to achieve the necessary compliance and security clearances to obtain lucrative government contract work.

For more information or assistance regarding our services, please contact Michael H. Ansell, Esq. in the firm’s Woodland Park office at (973) 247-9000 or by email at Additional information concerning REMTC may be found at

Linderman selected as Author of the Year by NJ CAI

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

CAI honoree

Rich Linderman (center) was honored at NJ CAI’s Annual Awards Dinner as both author of the year and for his work on the revamping the organization’s magazine Community Trends, as part of the Editorial Committee.


We are pleased to recognize that Richard B. Linderman, a partner in the Community Association Practice group for being honored as the Author of the Year by the New Jersey Chapter of Community Associations Institute at its Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 17 at the Palace at Somerset Park.

Richard’s article for the December 2016 issue of CAI’s Community Trends magazine, “The Changing Shape of Our Neighborhoods” took a look at how the communities we build shape our lives and how they are shaping communities today. In addition to the individual honor, Richard is a member of the organization’s Editorial Committee, selected as Committee of the Year by NJ-CAI’s membership, after relaunching and improving Community Trends.

Along with Richard the committee members were, Robert Arnone, Mary Barrett, Joe Chorba, Dan Fusco, Bill Harvey, Melissa Lathrop, Angela Morisco, Kari Valentine and Committee Chairman Robert Roop of Lockatong Engineering, Rosemont. Congratulations to the Editorial Committee on your achievement and award!


Bauchner and D’Artglio review the state of NJ Cannabis Industry

Posted on February 16th, 2017

ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC attorneys Joshua S. Bauchner and Anthony J. D’Artiglio recently published an article with High Times Magazine on the emerging cannabis industry in New Jersey.  The article, entitled “New Jersey’s Cannabis Industry Is Growing:  Where Does It Grow from Here?” is available here.


ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC’s dedicated Cannabis Law Group has an in-depth understanding of the laws both specifically and generally related to cannabis production, sale, use, regulation and legalization and our attorneys are here to help individuals and businesses of all sizes and at any stage of development plan for a successful future.  Please contact Josh ( or Anthony ( by email or at (973) 247-9000.

Zoning Dispute To Continue in State Court

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

Ansell Grimm & Aaron recently secured a victory for its client, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, permitting it to continue its fight in state court.  For the past decade, Raceway Park has been involved in a zoning dispute with a neighboring property owner, Dayalbagh Radhasoami Satsang Association of North America (DRSANA), over its plans to build a house of worship and accompanying residential facilities near the famed drag strip.

The matter was before the Old Bridge Township Zoning Board of Adjustment for more than five years and has been the subject of battles in both state and federal courts.

For its part, DRSANA sought to limit all wrangling over its plans and the Zoning Board’s decision to federal court by entering into a consent decree seeking to resolve all issues; including Municipal Land Use Law challenges typically subject to state court review.  Raceway Park’s attorneys filed objections to the approval in state court which DRSANA argued were precluded by the federal consent decree.  In March of 2015, a judge of the Middlesex County Superior Court dismissed Raceway Park’s suit with prejudice finding the consent decree foreclosed the action.

Raceway Park appealed and on January 6, 2017, a three judge panel of the Appellate Division reversed the dismissal permitting the action to proceed in state court.  Among other things, the Appellate Division considered whether the federal court consent decree served as an “end run” around the state court prerogative writ process for challenging zoning decisions; as Raceway Park was not a party to the federal case or the decree.  The Appellate Division also concluded that the trial judge abused his discretion in dismissing the action with prejudice.

Raceway Park is represented by Ansell Grimm & Aaron partner, Joshua S. Bauchner, and by Michael R. Leckstein and Marc A. Leckstein of Leckstein & Leckstein LLC.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron attorneys regularly represent clients in pursuing their property rights against public and private incursion.  For additional information, please contact Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq. ( at (973) 247-9000.

Alternative Dispute Resolution seminar offered

Posted on February 1st, 2017

Richard B. Linderman, Esq. will provide an overview of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process at Community Associations Institute’s Feb. 3 seminar at The Glen at Masons Creek, Hainesport, NJ. Alternative Dispute Resolution is required for community associations in New Jersey, and this program will provide an overview of what mediation is and how it is generally run.

Community managers will receive 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for participation in the seminar which runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is preceded by a continental breakfast and registration period from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Please note, to receive the continuing education credits managers must register for the program from their individual member profile. Registration for the seminar is available online at CAI’s website.

Class Action suit filed against FieldTurf USA

Posted on January 17th, 2017

FieldTurf advertisement warning about wasting moneyAnsell Grimm & Aaron recently commenced a federal class action litigation against FieldTurf USA and its affiliates in the wake of revelations that the company made false claims about the durability of its artificial turf field systems for years despite knowledge of the product’s defects.

The lead plaintiff in the case is New Jersey Stallions Soccer Academy which installed a FieldTurf USA field in 2010 based on the deceptive information provided by the company.

According to an investigative report by NJ Advance Media, about a year after first beginning installation of the fields, internal communications of FieldTurf USA indicate that executives were concerned that the claims the company was making regarding the durability of the product were not accurate.

Despite being aware of the problems, and mounting evidence that the fields did not perform as claimed, the company continued to market the product with particular emphasis given to its purported durability.

In their advertising, the company claimed, “Making the wrong turf decision can cost you a million dollars”, their customers, such as the Stallions, may end up paying more to repair and replace the field than expected.

In a November 2007 email, a FieldTurf employee wrote that the company’s “claims made regarding the Duraspine… are ridiculous. Every day we are putting stuff out there that can’t and won’t live up to the marketing spin.”

Despite having such information in hand, “FieldTurf engaged in a systematic class-wide campaign to conceal Duraspine Turf’s numerous defects, of which FieldTurf had knowledge,” according to the complaint.

The complaint also noted, “As part of its investigation, NJ Advance Media commissioned the University of Michigan’s Breaker Space Lab to test turf fibers from three Duraspine fields in New Jersey. The tests confirmed the strength of the turf to be well below industry standards, and FieldTurf’s own standards.”

Because FieldTurf installed nearly 1,500 fields (164 in New Jersey) using the system between 2005 and 2012, and at no point during that time did they mention to potential customers the well-known issues with the product’s durability, the Class Action Complaint alleges, among other things, violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (N.J. Rev. Stat. § 56:8-1 et seq.) and Breach Of Express Warranty Under New Jersey Law (N.J. Rev. Stat. § 12A:2-313).

Ansell Grimm & Aaron is joined by co-counsel Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP; Critchley, Kinum & Denoia, LLC and McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC.

Any organization similarly victimized by FieldTurf’s deceptive marketing is eligible to join the suit. Please contact Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq, by email at or by telephone at (973) 247-9000 for more information.