Law Lessons from NEW JERSEY ANESTHESIA ASSOCIATES VS. ROBERT BLACKBURN, App. Div., A-4788-11T4, May 17, 2013:
The Supreme Court has held that “it is especially inappropriate to grant summary judgment when discovery is incomplete[,]” in particular, “[w]hen ‘critical facts are peculiarly within the moving party’s knowledge.’” Velantzas v. Colgate-Palmolive Co., 109 N.J. 189, 193 (1988) (quoting Martin v. Educ. Testing Serv., Inc., 179 N.J. Super. 317, 326 (Ch. Div. 1981)); accord James v. Bessemer Processing Co., 155 N.J. 279, 311 (1998); Mohamed v. Iglesia Evangelica Oasis De Salvacion, 424 N.J. Super. 489, 498-99 (App. Div. 2012).
In Velantzas, supra, 109 N.J. at 193, the Supreme Court stated: “Generally, we seek to afford ‘every litigant who has a bona fide cause of action or defense the opportunity for full exposure of his case.’” (quoting United Rental Equip. Co. v. Aetna Life and Cas. Ins. Co., 74 N.J. 92, 99 (1977)).
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