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NJ Bill May Expose Cos. To Bigger Wrongful Death Verdicts

Law360 (May 7, 2018, 4:50 PM EDT) -- A bill in the New Jersey Legislature that has seemingly found new momentum would permit damages in wrongful death actions for the emotional punch of losing a loved one, and some attorneys are raising worries of higher and unpredictable jury awards and increased insurance costs for businesses and other parties.

More than a decade after Gov. Jon Corzine pocket-vetoed a similar bill, the proposed legislation expands the state’s wrongful death statute to allow recovery for “mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, loss of society and loss of companionship,” language that proponents say would produce fairer jury awards for survivors.

The existing...

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