May 13, 2011
LEWIS REISMAN AND EDO KALUSKI, PLAINTIFFS, AND THOMAS M. SCHIEBLE, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.
On appeal from Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County, Docket No. L-1827-08.
NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Argued May 4, 2011
Before Judges Ashrafi, Nugent and Kestin.
One of three original plaintiffs, Dr. Thomas Schieble, appeals from an adverse judgment after a one-day bench trial in which Judge Edward J. Ryan concluded that defendant University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) had not breached its employment contract with the doctor. Plaintiff claims that his series of two-year term contracts were for total compensation of $485,000 per year, plus additional benefits, and that UMDNJ committed an anticipatory breach by unilaterally reducing in June 2007 the portion of his compensation package called Faculty Practice Guarantee by $120,193. Plaintiff did not sign the offer letter for the third contract, and it took effect on July 1, 2007, when plaintiff continued to work in his position as the Director of Pediatric Anesthesia at UMDNJ.
Plaintiff resigned in September 2007 and took other positions, but his income was less than it would have been under his reading of the UMDNJ contract. He claims entitlement to $236,819.49 in contract damages from UMDNJ. Having reviewed the record, we affirm the judgment for the reasons stated in the well-reasoned written opinion of Judge Ryan issued on July 19, 2010. Defendant's arguments are without sufficient merit to warrant discussion in another written opinion. R. 2:11-3(e)(1)(E).
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