In the New Jersey Supreme Court’s impending decision on whether workers’ compensation insurance carriers can be held liable when uninsured doctors they hire commit malpractice, freshman Justice Helen Hoens may be the swing vote.

The court first heard the case, Basil v. Wolf, A-80-05, last September, but Chief Justice Deborah Poritz retired a month later without a decision rendered. The case was reheard Tuesday, with Hoens on the bench.

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