Chad Moore Wins Appeal for Homeowners in New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division in “Duty of Care” Case

On March 29, 2021, Chad Moore, a partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, prevailed in an appeal on behalf of homeowners in a personal injury and liability case involving claims of negligence and breach of “duty of care.”

Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in the maintenance of their premises when they hired him to move a piano in their residential home. Plaintiff, an employee for a “professional” piano moving business, sustained personal injuries while he was moving the piano. On January 22, 2020, the trial court granted Chad’s clients summary judgment, finding that the homeowners were not negligent as a matter of law and therefore did not breach any owed duty of reasonable care since plaintiff was hired as a professional mover. Plaintiff appealed the decision.  

In an opinion issued on March 29, the New Jersey Appellate Court affirmed the dismissal in favor of Chad’s clients, concluding that plaintiff failed to demonstrate that they breached their duty of care to him.

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