Over the summer, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) asked Mr. Wright to argue a case where the organization wanted to appear as “amicus curiae.” Amicus curiae means “friend of the court” and in some important cases, our Courts allow organizations who are not a party to the lawsuit to appear and argue the issues, usually from a very broad perspective. The case Mr. Wright argued for NJAJ, Grant Morgan v Raymour’s Furniture Company, Inc., was an employment discrimination case.
Mr. Morgan filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court to protect his rights, but the employer asked the court to dismiss the case, saying Mr. Morgan gave up his constitutional right to go to court. The employer argued that because the employee handbook Mr. Morgan received discussed “arbitration,” he had given up his rights. Needless to say, Mr. Wright argued once again that you cannot force someone to give up their rights without them expressly agreeing to it.
The court ruled in our favor, and decided (as they have done in the past) that in order to waive your right to go to court, you must do so clearly and unequivocally. Congratulations to Mr. Morgan on a great victory!