More than a decade after federal and state courts barred race-basedperemptory challenges in criminal trials, a case in the AppellateDivision is testing how far judges should go to ensure minority balanceamong jurors in civil cases where race is an issue.

The plaintiff in Chamberlin v. Ciba-Geigy Corp., A-4787-97T1, which isbeing argued today to a three-judge panel in Hackensack, was no-causedin his Law Against Discrimination suit over an allegedly raciallymotivated layoff.

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