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Consumer Protection

Both New Jersey and Federal law offer extensive protection from fraud and defective products.  They also provide for judicial enforcement of warranties.  For example, New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act was enacted by the Legislature in 1960 for three reasons:  (1) to compensate consumers who have been harmed by deceptive commercial practices; (2) to punish sellers through the award of triple damages and thus deter future fraud; and (3) to attract competent counsel by making a commercial entity which has engaged in deceptive practices pay the victim’s attorney’s fees and costs, even though their loss may have been minor.     Other New Jersey and federal laws afford consumer protection as well, such as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Lemon Law, the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Foreclosure Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 

We help businesses prepare and institute policies and practices in a wide range of services in this area.  We help ensure that our clients do not violate the Consumer Fraud Act’s requirements, which can be quite technical and complicated.  We assist in drafting warranties and policies to ensure that those warranties are not violated.  Finally, we defend businesses if they are accused of committing such violations.

Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing individuals who have been harmed by unfair commercial practices.  We seek redress for those who have been unable to enforce the protections of warranties from the vendors of their products.

Examples of our attorneys’ experience includes:

  • Representing a major chain of automobile dealerships against multiple claims of violation of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.
  • Mediating numerous lawsuits for the Superior Court of New Jersey under New Jersey’s Lemon Law Act and the federal Mangason-Moss Act for breach of automobile warranties.
  • Representing home improvement contractors against claims of consumer fraud based on technical deficiencies in home improvement contracts.
  • Suits by homeowners against construction companies and engineers for misrepresenting their services and qualifications and breaching warranties.
  • Representing consumers against retailers which have engaged in many different types of deceptive practices.
  • Litigated the application of the Consumer Fraud Act to commercial entities being classified as “consumers” which were the victims of consumer fraud.

Representing individuals where automobile manufacturers could not or would not repair their “lemons.”

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