A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Jan. 3-9.
Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal
In the latest opinion to tackle remittitur by New Jersey trial judges, an appeals court Jan. 7 upheld the denial of a motion to reduce a $2.4 million personal injury award, but criticized the 2011 landmark Supreme Court ruling that allowed remittitur based on the trial judge’s “feel of the case” and comparable verdicts.
Jennifer Genova and Lisa Shuchman | New Jersey Law Journal
Citing “significant change” in the way it handles mass-tort litigation, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has moved Atlantic County, N.J., off its list of “Judicial Hellholes” and onto it’s less-threatening “Watch List.”
Martin Bricketto | Law360
Major cases in New Jersey that are set for developments in 2015 could hamper the ability of watchdog employees to sue under one of the toughest whistleblower laws in the country, stymie the use of retired judges, and resolve a vacuum of affordable housing policy in the state.
Scott McFetridge | Associated Press
As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree. But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.