NJSBA position prevails in Appellate Case, Moreland v. Parks

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August 20, 2018
Contact: Paula Saha
Director of Communications and Media Relations

NEW BRUNSWICK - A state Appeals Court said a person who is not a biological parent should be able to make a Portee v. Jaffee claim for emotional distress, agreeing with the NJSBA, which was a friend-of-the-court. The decision in Moreland v. Parks, involved a woman seeking damages after witnessing her partner's daughter killed in an  accident.
The NJSBA filed a brief in Moreland v. Parks urging the court to clarify that the idea of family should be more broadly defined than to just include those who have a marital or biological bond in Portee claims.
Read the decision and the NJSBA brief.
Read the August 27, 2018 Capitol Report on this matter here.