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Teen Drops Lawsuit Against Parents

Rachel Canning's lawsuit was dismissed in court Tuesday.

A Morris County teen's lawsuit against her parents that drew national attention came to an end Tuesday.

Rachel Canning, 18, who was seeking tuition costs and living expenses, dropped her complaint against her parents, Elizabeth and Sean Canning.

Family Division Judge Peter Bogaard ruled in Morristown that he “found that (Rachel’s) decision to dismiss the litigation was a knowing and voluntary decision,” and he ordered the case dismissed, according to NJ.com.

Rachel Canning moved back into her parents' Lincoln Park home last week after she had been staying with a friend in Rockaway Township since two days before her 18th birthday in October.

Her friend's father, John Inglesino, the municipal attorney for Parsippany-Troy Hills Township and former Rockaway Township mayor and Morris County freeholder, bankrolled the legal fees Canning needed for the suit.

Rachel Canning's attorney, Tanya N. Helfand, questioned her client's motives for dismissing the lawsuit during Tuesday's 10-minute hearing, according to the Daily Record.

"We want to make sure you are not overwhelmed or confused," Helfand said, according to the Daily Record. "Are you comfortable with what’s going on in the household at this point?"

Canning replied that she was comfortable with the situation, according to the article. Helfand pressed further, but was cut off by the judge who ruled in favor of the dismissal.

Canning's request for more than $5,000 in tuition costs for Morris Catholic, college application fees, living and travel expenses and future tuition payments for the college she decides to attend was denied by a judge earlier this month.
John Santaella April 03, 2014 at 02:45 PM
DD, no one looks for specifics they just make comments based on ignorance and the feeling they must make a comment.
Loretka April 03, 2014 at 09:18 PM
My comments, concerning the scholarship, were based solely on what was posted here about her announcement on her Facebook page. I was just curious - but not to the degree that I would research it or contact the college. Don't have time. But good for her that she got the scholarship money. However, my comments regarding my support for her and her family resolving their issues and getting back together were straight from the heart. I am glad the family is together, and I hope the negative comments will stop.
Loretka April 03, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Note to John - in case you were referring to me - my comments were NOT based on ignorance - just curiosity about the scholarship. My earlier comments were based on my heartfelt wishes that this family would get back together and be happy. Family is important.
DD April 03, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Not sure how you define ignorance, but those comments were certainly based on an admitted ignorance of the facts.

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