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2024 NJ Personal Injury Recovery - Annotated

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Formerly Entitled NJ Comparative Fault & Liability Apportionment

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NJ Personal Injury Recovery - Annotated

NJ Comparative Fault and Apportionment Law
By Brian E. Mahoney, Carol L. Forte & Connor C. Turpan

For the first time, NJ attorneys have access - in a convenient, single paperback volume - to a detailed study of New Jersey's complex comparative fault and apportionment laws.This treatise provides a practical summary and analysis of NJ laws governing issues of comparative fault, cause and damages apportionment, rights of contribution, express and implied indemnification, and joint and several liability. The format and organization of this work provide ready access to some of the most vexing daily trial court issues concerning:
  • The Rogers/Cartel rules of partial pre-trial settlement (and their exceptions) in multi-defendant litigation;
  • the difficult evolution of contribution and joint and several liability rules applicable to ordinary civil cases, Tort Claims Act cases and environmental tort litigation;
  • a chapter-by-chapter accounting of case specific rules which dictate different fault assignment and damage apportionment results in discrete areas of the law;
  • an overview of those rules which influence ultimate issues of fault shifting in the matter of immunities, express and implied indemnities, and vicarious liability doctrine;
  • the rules governing apportionment problems in the matter of the predecessor torts, pre-existing conditions, concurrent causes, indivisible damages and successor torts;
  • a chapter-by-chapter accounting of the rules governing comparative fault pleadings and procedure, choice of law considerations, 'ultimate outcome' instructions to juries, arguments to juries, compromise, and quotient verdicts, ;double molding; of comparative fault percentages, additur/remittitur in percentages, Turon rule inquiries, verdict molding difficulties, and the collateral source statute.

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Brian E. Mahoney
Carol L. Forte
Connor C. Turpan

Brian E. Mahoney
Brian E. Mahoney was of counsel at Blume, Forte, Fried, Zerres & Molinari, P.C. in Chatham, New Jersey for the last 16 years of his career. He attended the University of Exeter and received his B.A. with honors from the College of William & Mary in 1976. He received his J.D. with honors from Rutgers Law School - Newark in 1979. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1979. He was certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1995 to 2017. He retired at the end of 2020 but continues his work on this Treatise.

Carol L. Forte
Carol L. Forte is a shareholder at Blume, Forte, Fried, Zerres & Molinari, P.C. in Chatham, New Jersey. She received her B.S. Nursing magna cum laude Wagner College in 1981 and her J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall School of Law in 1984. A medical malpractice trial attorney of national distinction, Ms. Forte has been a frequent lecturer on the subjects of birth trauma, proximate causation, and trial practice and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Trial Bar award (2009), the Essex County Bar Association, Outstanding Civil Trial Attorneys' award (2002), the Woman's Law Forum of Seton Hall, Woman of Substance Award (2003), and the New Jersey State Bar Association, Annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award (2007). She has been an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2008 and has served on the Supreme Court Board on Attorney Certification (1997-present), the Seton Hall School of Law Advisory Board (2004-2010), the Governor's Medical Care Availability Task Force (representative for the NJSBA) (2001-2008), and the Morris County Judicial and Prosecutorial Nominating Committee (2001-2008). She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1984. She is certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Connor C. Turpan
Connor C. Turpan is an associate at Blume, Forte, Fried, Zerres & Molinari, P.C. in Chatham, New Jersey. He received his B.A. from the American University in 2013 and his J.D. cum laude from Rutgers School of Law in 2016. He clerked for the Hon. Barry P. Sarkisian, P.J. Ch. and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2017.

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