NJ's New Authority On Class Action Offers Of Judgment

Law360, New York (November 26, 2013, 12:43 PM EST) -- In a recently filed opinion, a New Jersey trial court held that a defendant in a putative class action could not “pick off” a class representative by filing an offer of judgment that would effectively satisfy the representative’s individual monetary claim.

The decision, Gambrell v. Hess Corp. Inc., No. L-7761-12, slip op. (N.J. Super. Law. Div. Oct. 31, 2013), aligns state court practice with prevailing authority within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which curbs defense strategies to moot class claims by offering...
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