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Friday, February 18, 2011

A-3333 gains support

Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-Sussex) signed on as a cosponsor of A-3333, increasing the total number of sponsors and cosponsors to seven.  She joins primary sponsors Assemblymen John McKeon (D-Essex), Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), and Domenick DiCicco (R-Glouster), and cosponsors Assemblywomen Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth), Mila Jasey (D-Essex), and Elease Evans (D-Passaic). 

A-3333 calls for reforms to New Jersey’s oft-abused Consumer Fraud Act (CFA).  If enacted, A-3333 would do the following:

  • The individual cause of action provided for under the CFA would be available only to a “consumer,” who is defined as an individual and specifically excludes businesses;
  • Require that a plaintiff relied to his detriment on the use or employment of the unlawful method, act, or practice;
  •  Give the court the discretion to award damages appropriately, not to exceed three times the amount of actual damages sustained by the consumer;
  • Provide that the CFA applies only to transactions which occur in New Jersey.

More information about New Jersey’s CFA is available on NJLRA’s website

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