Wednesday, April 30, 2014
JO ANN SESSNER VS. MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP. A-4977-11T3
JO ANN SESSNER VS. MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP.
We were on the eve of filing a comprehensive opinion on the many issues raised in a voluminous record on appeal when counsel advised the matter had settled. Upon further inquiry, we learned the parties reached a settlement months ago. Despite our discretion to file an opinion when notified at such a late hour, we have withdrawn our opinion on the merits. We dismiss the appeal with the emphatic reminder that counsel must advise this court in a far more timely manner of a settlement or serious settlement discussions so that scarce judicial resources are not needlessly wasted. 04/23/14