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NJ woman to file wrongful death suit after DUI death

A New Jersey widow has filed a notice of intent to sue multiple parties who she claims contributed to her husband's car accident death. The wrongful death lawsuit will name several parties, including Ewing Township, the Ewing Police Department and an individual officer, The College of New Jersey and the State of New Jersey, and a college dormitory and fraternity.

Polar Bear Plunge fatality sparks wrongful death lawsuit

This weekend, several hundred New Jersey residents participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge charity event in Sea Isle City. The fundraiser, which involves a winter jump into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean, has become increasingly popular in recent years. People from throughout the region come to take part in the weekend's festivities, which often seem to revolve around parties and alcohol instead of charity. This is what the parents of a deceased Pennsylvania woman are alleging in a wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed against the city, a local hospital, the police department, and several individuals.

Family of deceased 3-year-old files wrongful death suit

On February 27, 2009, a New Jersey mother took her 5- and 3-year-old children to see Disney on Ice at the Sovereign Bank Arena (now the Sun National Bank Center) in Mercer County, expecting a night of fun with her family. However, the night turned tragic before it began: a nearby accident took the life of her 3-year-old daughter as the family was walking toward the arena. Now, almost two years later, the mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arena, Mercer County, the city of Trenton, the state of New Jersey, and other parties allegedly responsible for her daughter's death.

Parents of Rutgers Student May File Wrongful Death Student Against School

In September, the world learned of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old New Jersey college student who committed suicide after two fellow students, including Clementi's roommate, allegedly taunted and bullied him because of his sexual orientation. This week, Clementi's parents, Jane and Joseph Clementi of New Jersey, have taken the first step in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against New Jersey's Rutgers University, the site of the bullying that led Tyler to take his life.

Family of Deceased is Awarded $150 Million in Smoking Lawsuit

There is a long history of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, in New Jersey and across the country, against cigarette manufacturers and marketers in regards to deaths caused by lung cancer and similar diseases, in which the deceased was a long-time smoker. More often than not, these lawsuits are not successful. However, after allegations that a cigarette manufacturer provided free cigarettes to young children during the 1950s and 1960s, starting a now-deceased woman's lifelong smoking habit, a Massachusetts jury found the cigarette company liable for her illness and death, awarding over $150 million to her son.

Father of Deceased NJ Man Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Police

In 2008, a New Jersey man was injured during an arrest by New Jersey state troopers. He died a week later. Now, the man's father has filed a lawsuit against several New Jersey departments and individuals alleging that law enforcement officers caused his son's wrongful death and seeking damages to compensate for the death and for the alleged violation of his civil rights. However, following a criminal investigation, all officers involved with the 2008 arrest have been declared not responsible for the man's death, so the father may have a difficult road ahead as he pursues the lawsuit.

Johnson & Johnson Knew of Fatal Birth Control Patch Risks

Adrianna Duffy was a healthy, active college freshman. When she decided to go on birth control, her doctor prescribed Ortho Evra, more commonly known as the birth control patch. On September 28, 2009, not long after she began using the patch, Duffy fell and died in her dorm room. "She just got up and collapsed in the doorway," said Leslie Niedner, Duffy's mother. "And she was gone instantly."

$10M Settlement Goes to Students

After 35 long years, peace was finally felt by one New Jersey family. A settlement was reached this week for $10 million in a civil lawsuit filed in December of 2008 for the wrongful death of Susan R. The family plans to donate the entire settlement to her alma mater, Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia for a scholarship they established in her name.

Four Killed in Megabus Crash

Four passengers were killed last Saturday night when a New Jersey Megabus driver crashed into the railroad bridge over Onondaga Lake Parkway in New York. Numerous caution signs were posted warning the double-decker bus of the height restrictions. It is unclear whether the driver failed to see the signs at 2:30 in the morning, but investigators suspect that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the fatal accident