I don’t know if you have noticed, but it seems like every fast food company out there is offering a new meal deal for $4 or $5. There is, however, one company that is noticeably missing from the advertising fray – Subway. We hate to be the ones to inform you if you hadn’t already heard, but the $5 Footlong is dead. Lawsuits have killed it. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 12-18.
Across the nation, the first week of March is celebrated as Consumer Protection Week. In New Jersey, the Attorney General’s office marks this occasion by warning consumers about the latest scams, and releasing data on consumer complaints that were filed with the office over the previous year. As in years past, this year’s data suggest that the Attorney General’s office, specifically the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, is the public’s most important protector against scam artists and fraudsters. Continue reading
New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act has been expanded over the years by the courts and the legislature to the point where it is no longer focused on protecting consumers from fraud. Instead, it is becoming a catch-all law that is invoked even in situations where there are no consumers or fraud to be found. This is not ideal since the CFA encourages litigation in many disputes that could resolved more efficiently by other means. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of February 13-19.
Last week we announced that a bill had been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly that would make important changes to our state’s oft-abused Consumer Fraud Act. This week we are happy to announce that a companion bill, S1669, has been introduced by Senators Oroho (R-Sparta) and Van Drew (D-Cape May Court House). Continue reading
Have you ever clicked “shrink to fit” or “shrink one page” in order to save paper by printing out a document that is just over one page on a single sheet? If so, you may be in violation of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, which has very specific rules about appropriate font size. If someone successfully sues you over your green printing habits, you will owe them 3 times what they are claiming as damages, and you will have to pay their attorneys’ fees (as well as your own). Seems a bit excessive doesn’t it? Continue reading
Are lawsuits over sandwiches and self-serving suits over spam emails really the “fraud” we want the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act to target? We don’t think so. We think it is time to make some common sense changes to the law so that it goes after true fraudsters without incentivizing trial attorneys to bring self-serving lawsuits over legal technicalities.
If you agree, click here to sign our petition asking the New Jersey Legislature to reform the Consumer Fraud Act.
Businesses be warned, Harold Hoffman has a new shtick. A few years ago, New Jersey Attorney Harold Hoffman made headlines when the court ruled that he could not bring a New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act suit against a company selling a penis enhancement product without actually trying the product. Now he is in the news again, this time for suing the popular Jewish dating website JDate for emailing him.
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of January 16-22. Continue reading