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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CLE Reporting

If you participated in one of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s CLE events (or an event sponsored by us when we were known as the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance), and need a copy of the certificate of attendance for your records before the upcoming reporting deadline, please contact Emily Kelchen, NJCJI’s Director of More »

The Cure is Worse than the Disease: Liability Attached to Paid Leave Legislation is Sickening

On October 27, the Assembly Labor Committee voted 6-3 in favor of advancing A2354 to the full Assembly for a vote. The bill would require New Jersey employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.

NJCJI joined the broad coalition of pro-business entities opposing the bill. While other opponents testified on the broader implications this bill will have on the state’s economy, NJCJI focused on the hidden liability risks this bill poses. More »

A Busy Week in the State House

Several bills of interest to NJCJI saw action in the State House this week.   Consumer Fraud Act This week the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee kicked off the discussion of one of the topics of greatest interest to NJCJI this session, reform of the state’s consumer fraud act.   A207, which is being sponsored by More »