NJ’s highest court’s decision in Wilson v. Jersey City has now been issued. The court, in a unanimous decision, held that N.J.’s 911 immunity statute bars a plaintiff from suing a 911 operator or his or her employer for the negligent handling of an emergency call. However, the court noted that liability could still attach if the plaintiff could show that the defendants engaged in “wanton and willful disregard for the safety of persons” – a recklessness standard that is hard to prove. Good news for municipalities, but bad news for anyone trying to join them to a litigation.
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