In Beim v. Hulfish, the Supreme Court of New Jersey determined for the first time that federal estate taxes didn’t constitute pecuniary injuries under the state’s wrongful death statute and, therefore, couldn’t be recovered by a decedent’s heirs. In early February 2008, John Kellogg died from serious injuries he received as a result of a car accident that was allegedly caused by the defendants’ negligence.  John was 97 years old at the time of his ...

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