The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal concerning whether an attorney can be required to pay legal fees as consequential damages to a nonclient in a legal malpractice lawsuit that was brought over an international child abduction.

On Oct. 9, the court announced that it had granted a petition for certification in a case where family lawyer Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich and her law firm face a $992,333 judgment, upheld by an appeals court in April, that includes nearly $160,000 in legal fees on top of $700,000 for emotional distress damages.

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