Being accused of consumer fraud in New Jersey is no light matter, and having legal representation is crucial. Consumer fraud relates to the sale of goods, services or real estate. A sale can be broadly interpreted to include selling goods, services, rentals and distribution.
Under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the term “person” is also broadly interpreted and can mean any of the following:
Any of these can be subject to consumer fraud litigation. Corporate business owners and employees in most litigation issues have liability protection under the corporate veil. However, this is not so in consumer fraud litigation. For example, you can be personally sued for misrepresentation when selling a company product.
The law is also harsh in terms of damages. Whatever the court or jury decides is the amount of damages the plaintiff should receive is tripled under the law. Therefore, if damages were $10,000, the award would be $30,000, and the statute does not allow judges the discretion to change this ruling. In addition, when a plaintiff succeeds in winning the verdict, the defendant must pay the plaintiff’s attorney fees.
At the first hint of a consumer fraud law suit, it is vital to find a law firm with skilled lawyers. Consult with a New Jersey Consumer Fraud attorney who has experience effectively handling this type of commercial litigation.