NJ City Abandons No-Settlement Policy, Citing High Costs

Law360, New York (July 8, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT) -- In the wake of a New Jersey comptroller’s report on excessive municipal legal spending, the city of Hackensack has abandoned a policy not to settle civil suits, according to reports Sunday, ending a strategy designed to lower legal fees that instead caused them to spike.

Hackensack’s city council voted to do away with the no-settle policy, according to a report in the Bergen Record, a policy hatched by former city attorney Joseph Zima, who left the position in June. The decision came weeks after a report...
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