Councilwoman Toffler Withdraws Lawsuit Against Township Council
Teaneck councilwoman expected to release statement on her decision, attorney says.
Councilwoman Barbara Toffler has withdrawn her appeal to a lawsuit she lost against the township council.
Toffler’s attorney, Erik A. Hassing, said his client was away but would likely issue a statement in the coming weeks to explain her decision.
The councilwoman filed suit against the council in June 2011, alleging her rights to free speech and due process were violated when the governing body censured her for accusing Police Chief Robert Wilson and Township Manager William Broughton of retaliation. Toffler had claimed the two spread news of a fender-bender she was involved in because of her opposition to a failed plan to hire Wilson as public safety director.
In December, Superior Court Judge Charles E. Powers dismissed Toffler’s bid to have the censure overturned. Toffler’s suit also sought reimbursement for legal fees, but no damages.
After the lawsuit was tossed, Toffler said she planned to appeal and worried the council's censure would become a tool to silence dissenting political views.
"As people in Teaneck know, I am committed to free speech, truth and justice, which are denied by this judgment," Toffler said in a December statement.
An attorney for the town council had argued the censure was necessary for Toffler’s “unsupported, inappropriate and erroneous" claims made to a reporter about Wilson and Broughton. The two officials were ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, according to a council resolution.