- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey appeals court has ruled in a case involving feuding half-siblings and decorations at their mother’s grave site.

Michael Taffaro claimed half-sister Susan Taffaro removed flowers and decorations he had left at the site. He sued, claiming invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress.

A lower court threw out the lawsuit, and Michael Taffaro appealed.

Court papers say the two have been estranged since a dispute over their mother’s estate in 1999 and that Michael Taffaro would sometimes attach paper notes to his mother’s gravestone that were directed to his half-sister and mentioned the dispute.

In an opinion posted Friday, the appeals court agreed with the lower court and said Michael Taffaro couldn’t prove his sister had removed the decorations.

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