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Matthew N. Fiorovanti Successfully Argues Case Before the Appellate Division

November 28, 2017 - Matthew N. Fiorovanti, Shareholder in the Litigation practice area, successfully argued a case before the Appellate Division in which Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla represented the Estate of the decedent and his 2 surviving daughters against a palimony claim filed by the decedent’s girlfriend.

The plaintiff had filed a palimony complaint in 2011, but that case was dismissed on the grounds that the amendment to the statute of frauds required palimony agreements be in writing, and no such written agreement existed between the parties.

Years later, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the amendment to the statute of frauds applied prospectively, and could not apply to invalidate otherwise lawful oral palimony agreements that were entered into prior to the enactment of the amendment. Based on this decision, the plaintiff filed a second palimony complaint against the Estate. The court dismissed the case, agreeing with the Estate that the plaintiff was precluded from filing a second lawsuit, years after her first palimony claim was dismissed, simply because of a change in the law regarding the retroactive effect of the amendment to the statute of frauds. The Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of the case, agreeing with the trial court’s analysis. While the Appellate Division recognized that there were equities to both sides, principles of finality and fairness weighed in favor of dismissing the case.

GH&C invites and welcomes further discussion on cases and matters involving claim for palimony relief.

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