Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a multicounty litigation?
- How does multicounty litigation become a multicounty litigation - the steps to designate a multicounty litigation?
- What kind of multicounty litigation cases are currently managed in New Jersey?
- What New Jersey court personnel are involved in managing multicounty litigation cases?
- Where are multicounty litigation cases managed?
- What Information is available on this web site?
- Where is the Clerk's office for multicounty litigation cases?
- What information is available on this web site?
- Can I retreive pleadings, briefs, and discovery from this web site?
- Does a Short Form need to be filed?
- Are there fees attached to filing?
- What is the case flow for a typical multicounty litigation?
- Should attorneys get an account with the State to file documents?
Multicounty litigation may be distinguished from other personal injury claims by several distinct features. First, multicounty litigations involve large numbers of claims that are associated with a single product. Second, despite the number of claimants, there is a commonality of factual and legal issues. Third, there is a value interdependence between the different claims.
How does a multicounty litigation become a multicounty litigation - the steps to designate a multicounty litigation?
There are 21 multicounty litigations in New Jersey. Those include Accutane, Asbestos, ABG Stryker, Bristol-Meyers-Squib, Fosamax, Gadolinium, HRT, Levaquin, Mirena, NuvaRing, Risperdal/Seroquel/Zyprexa, Zometa/Aredia, YAZ/Yasmin/Ocella, Pelvic Mesh, Reglan, Stryker Implant ,Pompton Lakes, Prudential, DePuy ASR Hip Implant, Alloderm and Propecia.
Four Superior Court Judges have been assigned by the Chief Justice to exclusively manage multicounty litigation cases. Currently the Honorable Jessica Mayer, the Honorable Carol Higbee, the Honorable Ana Viscomi and the Honorable Brian Martinotti are responsible for the multicounty litigation cases in New Jersey.
Each judge has a judicial law clerk serve for 1 year beginning in September. This year Judge Mayer's clerks are Yelena Shvarts and Rachel Jacobs. Judge Higbee's clerks are Genevieve (Genna) Micek and Jamie Herron, Judge Viscomi's clerk is John Soltesz, and Judge Martinotti's clerks are Kathryn Carey and Elizabeth Bergamo.
The New Jersey Superior Court Trial Level is divided into three parts: Criminal, Family, and Civil. Within the Civil Division there are sections such as the Special Civil Part section (small claims, landlord tenant). Multicounty Litigations for the state of New Jersey are currently being managed in the Civil Division Part in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, NJ, the Civil Division Part in Atlantic County, Atlantic City, NJ, and the Civil Division Part in Bergen County, Hackensack, NJ.
Asbestos, Gadolinium, HRT, Risperdal/Seroquel/Zyprexa, Zometa/Aredia, Alloderm, and Propecia are handled in the Multicounty Litigation Intake section of the Civil Clerk's Office located at:
56 Paterson St.
Tower Wing, 2nd Floor
Multicounty Litigation Intake
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903
Mirena, NuvaRing, Pompton Lakes, Prudential, Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella, DePuy ASR Hip Implant, ABG Stryker are handled by the Multicounty Litigationt Civil Clerk's Office located at:
10 Main Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Accutane, Bristol-Meyers_Squibb, Fosamax, Levaquin, Pelvic Mesh, Reglan, and Stryker Implant are handled in the Multicounty Litigation Intake section of the Civil Clerk's office at:
1201 Bacharach Boulevard
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
This web site will contain a list of each multicounty litigation by case type: e.g., asbestos. Within the case type screen you will be able to ascertain the case type description, judge, attorney list, case name, docket number, management recommendations (special master), case management orders (judge's order), motion lists, motion dates, motion designations, (oral arguments or submissions on the papers), motion dispositions, (decisions, opinions/or reasons), and links to Federal Multi-District Litigation.
At this time the multicounty litigation section is NOT an electronic filing or imaging system. Important pleadings such as master complaints, court decisions and orders will be posted at the court's discretion. The court will also post discovery schedules, settlement conference notices and CANCELLATIONS on a daily basis.
After the Judge's initial conference in Multicounty Litigation matters a short form complaint is approved by the Multicounty Litigation Judge. Please go to the forms portion of this Multicounty Litigation to view the form.
Yes, there are fees attached to Multicounty Litigation document filing similar to the Civil Law matters.
Once Multicounty Litigation is designated the Judge assigns a quick date for the pre-conference setting up, discovery issues, forms, then monthly conferences are scheduled with the liaison counsel to establish time lines, IME, depositions etc, picking bellwether cases, first trial etc.
Yes, document entry is quicker since only one department needs to touch the matter.