Unpublished Opinions for the Week of June 19, 2017


New Jersey Law Journal


06-2-3444 Triffin v. United States Fire Ins. Co., N.J. Super. App. Div. (per curiam) (10 pp.) Appellant, purchaser of the rights to defendant's alleged bad check debt, filed suit against respondent as the drawer of the check and against defendant as the payee. During the litigation, the trial court dismissed appellant's complaint with prejudice for failure to provide court-ordered discovery. On appeal, the court reversed dismissal finding appellant's violation of the subject discovery order should have been addressed by a sanction less severe than a dismissal of his complaint with prejudice. Following remand, respondent moved to sanction appellant for his continued failure to serve the subject discovery; the court directed the outstanding discovery be served and imposed a $300 restoration fee. Appellant provided the subject discovery, paid the restoration fee, and the matter was reinstated. Thereafter, the court granted summary judgment to respondent dismissing the complaint finding appellant failed to show he was either a holder of the check or a nonholder in possession who had the rights of a holder. On appeal, the court reversed in part concluding the trial court mistakenly exercised its discretion when it ordered appellant to pay a $300 restoration fee as appellant filed his motion to restore within the requisite thirty days of the dismissal and in accordance with Rule 6:4-6. However, the court affirmed summary judgment, finding appellant failed to show he was either a "holder" of the instrument or a "nonholder in possession of the [negotiable] instrument…[with] the rights of a holder." N.J.S.A. 12A:3-301.

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