NJ Car Dealers Beat Fraud Suits, Lack Of Harm Cited

By Ryan Boysen (July 27, 2018, 11:05 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday refused to revive four putative class actions against car dealerships over alleged violations of a state consumer protection law, finding the consumers could not pursue their claims because they had not been harmed by the clauses in the sale, lease and rental documents.

The four suits alleged that a handful of dealerships and rental agencies violated the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act by making their customers sign contracts that included conditions followed by disclaimers such as "unless prohibited by law." The four cases were consolidated on appeal.

In Friday's 23-page opinion,...

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