January 5, 2006  ·  Lessig

Two hours ago, New Jersey Acting Governor Richard Codey signed into law significant modifications to the New Jersey Charitable Immunity Act. No longer is a charity immune for negligence in hiring an employee who commits sex abuse on a child. This is fantastic news for New Jersey, and for children in New Jersey. It obviously strengthens the appeal in the case I am involved with: If a charity is not immune from liability for its negligence in hiring an employee, it would be bizarre to imagine them immune from liability for intentional torts. But the big news is the bigger picture: It just got much better for kids in that state.