Judge Higbee to the Appellate Division?

It is being reported today that Judge Carol Higbee, who is one of several judges assigned to handle multi-county litigation pending in New Jersey, is being temporarily assigned to the Appellate Division.  Currently, Judge Higbee presides over several multi-county litigations pending in Atlantic County, New Jersey, many of which involve product liability claims against pharmaceutical products or medical devices. 

The Appellate Division assignment is reported to run from mid-April to mid-June, with the possibility that it could become a permanent assignment.

It remains to be seen who will be appointed to oversee the Atlantic County multi-county litigations during Judge Higbee’s reassignment, as well as how a more permanent stint with the Appellate Division may impact multi-county litigation in New Jersey.  We will, of course, continue to monitor this important development.


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