2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 39 - Motor Vehicles And Traffic Regulation
Section 39:6-72 - Contents Of Petition; Settlement Of Claim.

NJ Rev Stat § 39:6-72 (2016) What's This?

39:6-72 Contents of petition; settlement of claim.

12. (a) In any action against an operator or owner of a motor vehicle for injury to or death of any person or for damage to property arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of said vehicle in this State on or after April 1, 1955, pending in any court of competent jurisdiction in this State, the plaintiff may upon notice to the association file a verified petition with the court alleging:

(1)the matters set forth in subparagraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of section 10;

(2)that the petition is not presented on behalf of an insurer under circumstances set forth in subparagraph (1) of section 10;

(3)that he has entered into an agreement with the defendant to settle all claims set forth in the complaint in said action and the amount proposed to be paid to him pursuant thereto;

(4)that the said proposed settlement has been entered into with and by the consent of the Superior Court and approved by the association;

(5)that the defendant has executed and delivered to the association a verified statement of his financial condition;

(6)that a judgment against the defendant would be uncollectible;

(7)that the defendant has undertaken in writing to repay to the association the sum that he would be required to pay under such settlement, and has executed a confession of judgment in connection therewith.

If the court be satisfied of the truth of the allegations in said petition and of the fairness of such proposed settlement, it may enter an order approving the same and directing the association, upon receipt of the undertaking and confession of judgment mentioned in subparagraph (7) of this section, to make payment to the plaintiff of the amount agreed to be accepted.

(b)The association may settle any claim, without court approval, if satisfied:

(1)that the claimant is not a person of the character described in subparagraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of section 10;

(2)that the settlement is not made on behalf of an insurer under circumstances set forth in subparagraph (e) of section 10; and

(3)that a judgment against the owner or operator of the motor vehicle involved in the accident would be uncollectible, and that such owner or operator has consented to such settlement, executed and delivered to the association a verified statement of his financial condition and undertaken in writing to repay to the association the sum to be paid under the settlement, and executed a confession of judgment in connection therewith.

L.1952,c.174,s.12; amended 1955, c.1, s.6; 1958, c.99, s.4; 1968, c.323, s.5; 1985, c.148, s.8; 2003, c.89, s.17.


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