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Leibman & Regan Defend Borough of Roseland in Tax Appeal

On June 28, 2016, Judge Nugent, sitting in the Tax Court of New Jersey, granted a directed verdict against Mack-Cali Realty Corp. on behalf of the Borough of Roseland.

Roseland was defending tax appeals filed by the Brach Eichler law firm contesting assessments for the 2009 through the 2014 tax years. Mack-Cali Realty Corp sought refunds in excess of $250,000.00, plus interest.

In January 2016 Marc E. Leibman, Esq., assisted at trial by Bryan P. Regan, Esq., defended the Borough. Mack-Cali Realty Corp.’s expert appraiser was subjected to rigorous cross-examination for more than one day by Mr. Leibman.

After Mack-Cali Realty Corp. rested their case, Kaufman, Semeraro & Leibman, on behalf of the Borough, prepared a motion for directed verdict and argued to the Court that Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and their expert appraiser had failed to overcome the presumption of validity sufficient to compel the Borough of Roseland to even present a defense.

Mack-Cali Realty Corp. strenuously objected and the Court heard oral arguments on June 24, 2016. Bryan Regan, Esq. argued the cause for the Borough of Roseland. In a carefully and detailed oral opinion, the Tax Court of New Jersey granted our motion and dismissed Mack-Cali Realty Corp.’s 2009 through 2014 tax appeal complaints with prejudice, in their entirety.

If you own commercial real estate and feel that you are paying too much in taxes, contact us to find out if we can help.

Kaufman, Semeraro and Leibman, LLP