Supreme Court Will Review Tort Claims Act and Open Public Records Act Cases

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted leave to appeal in two cases.  The first, Verry v. Franklin Fire Dist. No. 1, involves the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.  The question presented there, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Among other issues, is the Millstone Valley Fire Department an ‘instrumentality’ of the Franklin Fire District No. 1 and thus a ‘public agency’ subject to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 to -13?

The second matter is Jones v. Morey’s Pier, Inc.  The Clerk’s Office has phrased the question presented in that appeal as “Was this third-party defendant entitled to summary judgment on defendants’ claim for contribution where the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (TCA) barred direct claims by plaintiffs against the third-party defendant?”