NJ High Court Ditches Rule On Public-Interest Atty Fees

Law360, New York (January 25, 2010, 6:21 PM EST) -- In a decision sparked by a wrongful termination suit, New Jersey's highest court has overturned a 20-year-old ruling that required public interest law firms to settle the claims in consumer fraud suits before discussing attorneys' fees.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its unanimous decision Thursday, rejecting the arguments of Legal Services of New Jersey, the attorneys for the fired employees in the underlying suit and the only public interest firm to support expanding the rule to employment and civil rights cases.

The ruling will...
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