Case Law Update: Automobile Collision Lawsuits May be Consolidated

Busch v. Mison, No. 1-07-2112 (0/17/08) determined that personal injury lawsuits arising out of same automobile collision, one from municipal division, and one from law division, that were consolidated for discovery and trial, were merged into one lawsuit. Therefore, there was a rejection of arbitration award by a plaintiff in municipal case, although caption used was for the municipal division case, which was effective to reject each part of arbitration award. This decision will impact both personal injury and automobile accident lawsuits.

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