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13Jul 2023

On June 23, 2023 Partner Guy Mercogliano prevailed on an appeal to reinstate a counterclaim in Superior Court of New Jersey against a dog owner by a dog training school that sold the dog to its present owner.  The ruling clarifies that parental immunity does not apply to claims under the dog-bite statute.  Defendant argued that the victim’s parents and third-party defendant are liable for the injuries suffered by their son after he was attacked by their family dog, which they adopted from the dog training school.  The Appellate division concurred and reversed the lower Court’s ruling dismissing the counterclaim and third-party claim.