Consumer Harm Ruling May Hobble NJ Contract Class Actions

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (April 27, 2018, 4:54 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that litigants who sue under the state's consumer contracts protection law must show they endured actual harm should be the death knell for a recent wave of class actions claiming the mere existence of illegal terms warrants damages, defense attorneys say.

The justices unanimously opined on April 16 that the use of the word "aggrieved" in the Truth in Consumer Contract Notices & Warranties Act to describe consumers who can sue for damages under the statute showed that the state legislature wanted would-be plaintiffs to be able to show actual harm. The state law targets...

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