Today, in a ruling of first impression, the Appellate Division held that summary judgment was appropriately granted to the City of Jersey City and its 911 operators. The appellate court laid out in detail the analysis necessary to warrant application of the 911-related immunities. It further opined that municipalities and other public safety answering points will be immune from respondeat superior liability for the conduct of 911 operators under additional immunities provided by the Tort Claims Act in Title 59 of the New Jersey Statutes.
This ruling has broad statewide impact, as it concerns the potential liability of all governmental entities and their employees operating 911 services.
The case was argued by Robert E. Levy, Chair of Scarinci Hollenbeck's Litigation Group. Also participating in the case were Scarinci Hollenbeck attorneys Michael Cifelli and CJ Griffin.
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