NJ High Court Blocks Tax Claims In Wrongful Death Suits

Law360, New York (January 28, 2014, 3:20 PM EST) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's wrongful death laws do not allow heirs to recover damages for estate taxes that are paid at the time of a person’s death.

In a unanimous decision, the justices said the individuals accused of causing a 2008 motor vehicle collision that claimed the life of John Kellogg cannot be held liable for the resulting estate taxes. The ruling limits the scope of damages claims that can be asserted under New Jersey's wrongful death law.

Kellogg's heirs...
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