Cliff Bidlingmaier is co-counsel on a case where Plaintiffs had certain claims dismissed by the Superior Court Judge who believed that the same-sex relationship and ultimately the relationship maintained between the non-biological mother and the child didn’t rise to the level of being ‘family.’
In New Jersey, a family member can recover for the negligent and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress that arises out of the observing of the death of a loved one. This doctrine was set out in the seminal case of Portee v. Jafee. In the Moreland case, the trial judge found that although the minor 2 1/2-year-old child referred to her mother’s partner as ‘Mom’ this did not meet the level of family.
So disappointed by the decision of the trial court Cliff Bidlingmaier and his co-counsel Robin Lord filed an appeal to the New Jersey Appellate Division. Two organizations including the Garden State Equality Association and the State Bar Association filed Amicus Briefs supporting the position advanced by Cliff Bidlingmaier and Robin Lord.
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