New Jersey’s Centralized Litigation Program: Not Just for Pharmaceuticals

As we have discussed previously, New Jersey has an active and established system for handling related lawsuits under its centralized litigation management program.  Most, but not all, of the litigations under this program generally have been and continue to be personal injury lawsuits involving pharmaceuticals or medical devices.

Recently, a new application was submitted for centralization of a number of property-damage subrogation claims involving DuraPro brand toilet supply lines.  Comments with regard to the application are due by July 12, 2013, after which the New Jersey Supreme Court will make a decision as to whether or not to centralize the suits — allegedly involving approximately 135 claims filed in 9 separate lawsuits — before one of New Jersey’s designated centralized management judges. 

In making the application, the plaintiff insurance companies affirmatively stated that all their suits were filed in Atlantic County, New Jersey for the intended purpose of seeking designation for centralized management, presumably before Judge Carol Higbee.

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