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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