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Dog Bite Victims Can Take Comfort Thanks to New Jersey Strict Liability Law

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Dog Bite Victims Can Take Comfort Thanks to New Jersey Strict Liability Law

New Jersey strict liability law holds dog owners accountable for bites, even if the dog has no prior history of vicious behavior. As a result, the victim of a dog bite may collect damages simply by proving the following: The person deemed liable for a bite owned the dog or was directly responsible for it…. Read More »

Liability in NJ Texting-While-Driving Claims Stops with the Driver

Many accidents involve only two parties — a driver whose negligence caused the accident and an individual who suffered injuries because of the negligence. However, many accidents may involve liability on the part of multiple parties — for example, in the following circumstances: Drivers who rear-end vehicles in front of them because their vehicles were… Read More »

Proposed NJ Bill Would Permit Police Cell Phone Search but May Help Protect Victim Rights in Car Accidents

Distracted driving in the United States injured an estimated 387,000 people in 2011 and killed 3,000 more. An increasing number of distractions each year involve the use of cell phones. No wonder, then, the New Jersey Senate wants to take action to collect evidence to prove the connection between cell phone usage and accidents. Introduced… Read More »

Particularly Egregious Product Failures Cause for Punitive Awards

Most nutrition experts agree that Americans could stand to eat less red meat and more fish. But the case against a New York City-based fish processor that distributed Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono)-infected product in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts is hardly encouraging news. In fact, it is the kind of product liability… Read More »

Nasty Words in New Jersey: When to Sue for Defamation?

From social media to corporate boardrooms and the political arena, it’s a fact of life that people sometimes talk about other people in unkind and damaging ways. But when do statements rise to the level of defamation and become subject to litigation by the defamed party? A first consideration is around public versus private individuals…. Read More »

New Jersey “Strict Liability” Dog Bite Law Means Victims Can Sue on First Offense

The aphorism goes that when a dog bites a man it’s not news. But the bite (actually, many vicious bites) heard ‘round the world came in 2010 in Elizabeth, New Jersey when a security guard was attacked by both a pit bull and a Rottweiler. The dogs had escaped from an enclosure on the workplace… Read More »

New Jersey Medical Malpractice Cases Now Require Very Specific Medical Experts

Almost all medical malpractice cases depend on expert witnesses, usually physicians, to testify on behalf of the plaintiff to explain where a mistake was made. But a recent ruling in 2013 by the New Jersey State Supreme Court has set a standard that may make it harder for the injured party to prove fault. The… Read More »

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in New Jersey: Who Is At Fault?

The case of a Garfield, New Jersey woman’s murder by an escaped parolee in 2010 illustrates the sometimes-complicated scenario of who bears financial responsibility in a homicide. In this incident, the accused was in a halfway house release program after serving time in prison. He had faked a medical emergency to be transferred to University… Read More »

Texting Accidents in New Jersey: Who is Responsible?

A New Jersey accident involving a pickup truck and two motorcyclists helped establish an important rule on liability when phone texting is the cause of the mishap. The May 2012 ruling by the New Jersey Superior Court judge found that the distracted driver responding to text messages was responsible for the accident, but not the… Read More »

What the “Verbal Threshold” in New Jersey Car Accident Insurance Means

An accident in Clifton (Passaic County) in May 2013 that stemmed from a high-speed police chase left a New Jersey police officer seriously injured in a multiple-car pileup. This is noteworthy because police chases through heavily trafficked, highly populated areas have drawn scrutiny in the courts in recent years, as multiple crashes have involved third-party… Read More »