Today, the vast majority of New Jersey lis pendens litigation involves the interpretation to be given to the lis pendens statutes, as opposed to the doctrine itself. However, except as modified by statute, common-law notions of lis pendens are still alive and well in New Jersey.

Lis pendens means pending lawsuit and has traditionally been interpreted to mean “a pending lawsuit in a particular jurisdiction.” Today in New Jersey, lis pendens has become synonymous with a statutory notice designed to give record notice that affected real property has been made the subject of litigation.

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