NJSBA disappointed in High Court ruling over use of American Rule

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April 26, 2016

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Statement of NJSBA President Miles S. Winder III in the April 26 decision of the Supreme Court Peter Innes v. Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, Esq. and Lesnevich and Marzano-Lesnevich:
"The New Jersey State Bar Association is disappointed by today's ruling.
The American Rule requires each party pay its own litigation costs. That has been a bedrock of jurisprudence in New Jersey. When the Court ruled in Saffer, it made a narrow exception that was specific to the attorney-client relationship.
Today the Court has expanded that for the first time to include non-clients. The NJSBA agrees with the dissent that this pushes the boundaries too far.
The NJSBA has no position on the facts of the case at hand."