New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Dismissal of Animal Cruelty Qui Tam Action

By John M. Simpson

In Goldman v. Critter Control of New Jersey, ___ A.3d ___, No. A-1392-16T2, 2018 WL 2089803 (N.J. App. Div. May 7, 2018), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, recently affirmed the dismissal of two lawsuits brought by the former chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals against defendants who, plaintiff alleged, had violated the New Jersey Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA), N.J.S.A. §§ 4:22-11.1 to 060.  The complaints sought to recover damages and civil penalties from the defendants “by way of qui tam.”  Id. at *1.  The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that plaintiff lacked standing to proceed with either lawsuit. Continue reading “New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Dismissal of Animal Cruelty Qui Tam Action”