NJ Justices Say City, Inspector Fully Immune From Fire Suit

Law360 (February 21, 2018, 6:09 PM EST) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday determined that a city and its electrical inspector were fully insulated from claims over a fatal fire purportedly sparked by faulty wiring, reasoning that public entities and employees can't be held liable for not enforcing the law.

The high court found that Paterson and its employee, Robert Bierals, who were sued by decedents of four people who died in a June 2010 apartment building fire, were entitled to absolute immunity under the state's Tort Claims Act. The ruling overturned the Appellate Division's finding that Bierals and the city were only entitled to qualified immunity,...

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