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REGINA BASKETT, ET AL. VS. KWOKLEUNG CHEUNG A-0755-10T4

REGINA BASKETT, ET AL. VS. KWOKLEUNG CHEUNG A-0755-10T4

In this appeal we address the 2008 amendments to Rule 1:13- 7. We hold that in single-defendant cases the standard for reinstatement of a complaint is good cause. In multi-defendant cases, reinstatement within ninety days of the prior dismissal is permitted on a showing of good cause, but thereafter a party must demonstrate exceptional circumstances to reinstate a complaint. Because this case involves only a single defendant, the standard is good cause, which we conclude was adequately demonstrated by the motion record in the Law Division.