NJ Tax Judge Scolds Atty Who Called Expert A 'Charlatan'

Law360, New York (November 6, 2013, 4:44 PM EST) -- A New Jersey tax court on Wednesday reduced property tax assessments on several apartment buildings in the town of Phillipsburg by more than $1.5 million, but took the property owners' attorney to task for calling the town's expert witness a “charlatan” during a heated cross-examination.

Judge Vito L. Bianco wrote in his decision that the choice of words by Corliss Apartments LLC's attorney Steven Irwin of The Irwin Law Firm PA was “unprofessional” and inappropriate. Still, Judge Bianco reduced Corliss' 2010 and 2011 tax assessments, agreeing...
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