The Supreme Court announced today that it has granted review in McDaid v. Aztec West Condominium Association.  The question presented in that appeal, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Does the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur (a Latin phrase meaning ‘the thing speaks for itself’) apply to plaintiff’s claims for injuries resulting from her being struck by a closing elevator door in her condominium complex?”

The Law Division granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant, and the Appellate Division, in an unpublished opin

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would review three more cases.  One of those is before the Court as of right, due to a dissent in the Appellate Division.  In the other two cases, the Court granted certification.

The appeal as of right is in Ferrante v. New Jersey Manufacturers Ins. Group.  The question in that appeal, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Can plaintiff recover underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits from his insurance carrier where he did not notify his UIM carrier of his suit against the tortfeasor, including the exis

On June 27, 1984, the Supreme Court decided Kelly v. Gwinnell, 96 N.J. 538 (1984).  There, Chief Justice Wilentz, writing for a 6-1 majority (Justice Garibaldi was the lone dissenter), announced a new rule of law regarding the liability of social hosts who serve alcohol to those who then get into an auto accident caused by intoxication.  The holding was “that a host who serves liquor to an adult social guest, knowing both that the guest is intoxicated and will thereafter be operating a motor vehicle, is liable for injuries inflicted on a third party as a result of the negli