Law Professor Calls for Changes to New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act

Remember last year's wave of lawsuits claiming that some of Subway Sandwich Shops' famous "footlong" subs weren't quite a foot long? Some of the first suits filed were orchestrated by lawyers here in New Jersey because the state's consumer protection law has been so badly distorted during the past few decades that it not only invites such preposterous litigation, but also often generously rewards it.   A new white paper from Emory University Law School professor Joanna Shepherd, "The Expansion of New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act: Causes and Consequences," details just how we got to the point where we are suing over sandwiches, and what simple changes to the law would ensure that it is used to punish deceptive business practices and protect consumers without enabling nuisance litigation against honest businesses.  

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Gov. Christie to Keynote Legal Reform Summit

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform will hold its 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit: The Enforcement “Collidescope”: The New Litigation Paradigm on October 21, 2014. Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the summit’s keynote address.  

GMO Legislation Would Add to New Jersey’s Food Label Litigation Woes

On its face, GMO labeling legislation appears to be regulatory legislation that would merely ensure disclosure and transparency. However, we are concerned that in combination with the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, A1359 would dramatically increase the number of food labeling lawsuits filed in New Jersey’s already over-burdened court system.

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Sick Leave Legislation Would Cost Employers & Consumers

Cities across New Jersey have enacted mandatory paid sick leave laws over the past few years, and now an effort is underway to pass similar legislation at the state level. NJCJI testified against such legislation when it came before the Assembly Labor Committee on October 9.

 

Although proponents of the bill, A2354, focus on allowing employees to stay home when they are sick, the legislation would do much more than that. The liability employers would be exposed to by this bill is overwhelming. More »