3rd Circ. Ruling Over NJ Merit Statute May Have Nat'l Impact

Law360, New York (February 26, 2014, 5:25 PM EST) -- In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act when the plaintiff-homeowner failed to comply with New Jersey’s Affidavit of Merit Statute, N.J.S.A. § 2A:53A-26, et seq.

Though not precedential, the holding in Calender v. NVR Inc., No. 12-4132, -- Fed. Appx. -- (3d Cir. Dec. 13, 2013), has significant implications for the New Jersey construction industry and, more broadly, for businesses...
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