The New Jersey Supreme Court issued one opinion from April 3-9. As of April 9, the court issued 17 opinions in 2023 — one fewer than this point a year ago. The opinion is below:
- In the Matter of the Alleged Failure of Altice USA, Inc., where the court “held that Section 543(a)(1) of the Cable Act did not preempt the proration requirement in N.J.A.C. 14:18-3.8. The Court found the regulation did not regulate ‘rates for the provision of cable service,’ but rather prevents cable companies from charging for cable service that customers have cancelled.” The case decided whether or not a cable company could charge customers who cancelled their subscription before the end of a billing cycle.
From April 3-9, state supreme courts issued 144 opinions nationally. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued the most with 26. State supreme courts in 19 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 69 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 75.
The New Jersey Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort and has seven judgeships. The current chief of the court is Stuart Rabner. The court issued 55 opinions in 2022 and 2021. Nationally, state supreme courts issued 7,423 opinions in 2022 and 8,320 in 2021. The courts have issued 1,787 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 976 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 811. New Jersey is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.