Order for new medical malpractice trial reversed.
We obtained a unanimous decision in the New Jersey Supreme Court reversing an order for a new trial. In this medical malpractice action, the defendant was a physician who allegedly committed malpractice when he prescribed a drug to a patient. According to the plaintiff's experts, she was not an appropriate candidate for the drug. The matter was tried by another law firm before a jury, which reached a defense verdict. However, on appeal to the Appellate Division, the court reversed and remanded for a new trial on the grounds that the defendant's change of testimony at trial, from what it had been in his deposition, prejudiced the plaintiff. The matter was then transferred to Marshall Dennehey for further appeal in the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the defense’s argument that the precedent which the Appellate Division had relied upon in ordering the new trial was distinguishable. Further, the fact that plaintiff's counsel failed to object to the changed testimony at trial was likely strategic and, therefore, did not prejudice the plaintiff sufficiently to compel the reversal. The court reversed and reinstated the jury verdict.