The litigation privilege that protects parties and their lawyers from liability for statements in court applies equally well to actions that lawyers take in furtherance of a case, a New Jersey appeals court says.

Monday’s ruling, in Wallach v. Gowing, A-3869-08, is a victory for Kenneth Goodkind and his firm, Flaster Greenberg of Cherry Hill, N.J., who sued the opposing lawyer in a mold-contamination case and were sued by him in return.

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