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Frytez v. Gruchacz

New Jersey Supreme Court


Decided: January 28, 1941.

ALEKSC FRYTEZ, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
KATHERINE GRUCHACZ, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT

On appeal from the Essex County Circuit Court.

For the appellant, Rospond & Rospond (Felix Rospond, of counsel).

For the respondent, Thomas Brunetto.

Bodine

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The opinion of the court was delivered by

BODINE, J. The appeal is from a judgment of nonsuit entered pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2:27-215. We find no abuse of discretion. Stein v. Goodenough, 73 N.J.L. 812.

An action was commenced in November, 1926, to recover on a note of April 23d, 1923, and for money advanced to the defendant during the years 1922 to 1925. Nothing seems to have been done in this cause till a default judgment was entered in 1939. This judgment was vacated and the service of a summons set aside. An earlier suit for the same cause of action was then discovered, and it is claimed that a notice of trial was then served on the defendant, her attorney being

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dead. The plaintiff's attorney had not notified the defendant to employ an attorney. N.J.S.A. 2:20-6. It is not necessary, however, to decide whether that step should have been taken since the trial judge has entire control of his calendars, and we do not think a cause so long delayed in prosecution should have a place in the court.

The judgment is affirmed.

For affirmance -- THE CHANCELLOR, PARKER, CASE, BODINE, DONGES, PORTER, DEAR, WELLS, RAFFERTY, JJ. 9.

For reversal -- THE CHIEF JUSTICE, HEHER, PERSKIE, WOLFSKEIL, HAGUE, JJ. 5.

19410128


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