NJ Employment Law Verdicts Can Be Overturned

By Thomas McKinney

We always explain to our clients that a trial based on New Jersey employment law with a successful verdict does not always mean that our client will prevail before the Appellate Division or whether the verdict may be reduced by the Trial Judge, Appellate Division or Supreme Court.

Today, the NJ Appellate Division overturned $12,000,000 in verdicts awarded to consumers who used Accutane.  The consumers were successful in their trials and were awarded significant judgments by the jury and trial court.  However, the Appellate Division did not reduce the amount of the verdicts, but decided that Hoffman-LaRoche was entitled to a directed verdict in their favor.

This is another example of how a trial and successful verdict is just another step in the litigation and is by no means the end.  The Appellate Division and New Jersey Supreme Court can confirm, amend, reduce or deny the verdict.


About the Author
Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.