Jones v. Morey’s Pier, Inc., ___ N.J. ___ (2017).  Under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:8-8, a tort plaintiff who fails to timely serve a notice of tort claim on a public entity is barred from suing that entity.  Until today, the Supreme Court had never decided whether a failure of a defendant who wishes to assert a claim for contribution or common law indemnification to timely serve a tort claim notice bars those types of claims.  Lower courts had split.  Today,

Thieme v. Aucoin-Thieme, 227 N.J. 269 (2016).  Plaintiff and defendant cohabited for eight years, were married for a short time, and then divorced.  Before and during the marriage, plaintiff had been a salaried employee of a consulting business, for which he worked long hours and traveled extensively.  The principals of the business promised to compensate plaintiff for his part in the success of the business if the business were ever sold.  While plaintiff was working hard for the bu

In the last ten days, the Supreme Court, nearing the end of its term, has issued a number of opinions.  It has been hard to keep up with them all.  To catch up, here are brief summaries of the Court’s recent rulings:

Meehan v. Antonellis, 226 N.J. 216 (2016).  In an opinion by Judge Cuff, a unanimous Court reversed the dismissal of a complaint in a dental malpractice case.  That dismissal was based on a ruling that plaintiff was required to submit an affidavit of merit from