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Case Law: Reversing a February 2006 appeals court decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Twin Rivers Community Association did not violate the state's constitutional guarantees of free expression by placing "reasonable" restrictions on residents posting yard signs, using the community room and having access to the association's newsletter.
The landmark ruling in Committee for a Better Twin Rivers v. Twin Rivers Homeowners' Association affirms the right of New Jersey homeowners to govern their own communities and properties as private organizations. The court said the state should not substitute its judgment for the reasonable rules adopted by the homeowners in community associations and confirms that associations are businesses and not governments. Supreme Court Opinion.