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3 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Consumer Law, Small Claims and Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Can a plumber or electrician violate the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act ("NJCFA")?

Or is the NJCFA only applicable to home improvement contractors such as general contractors?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Dec 26, 2022

Yes, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, which provides for triple damages plus attorneys fees has a very broad reach and can even be applied to businesses as well as people. Not only can plumbers and electricians be held in violation of the NJ Consumer Fraud Act, but also the New Jersey Home... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: How do I file a counter claim in Monmouth County NJ in small claims court? I'm unable to locate the correct form.

I'm a defendant in a small claims case (New Jersey - $3,000) with a plumber. I want to file a counter claim contesting the original issue, but also file a claim for separate issues for a higher $$ value of approximately $6,000. These additional issues include violations to the New Jersey... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Dec 26, 2022

It would be a better practice if you retained the services of an attorney. If you were to be successful in your counterclaim for consumer fraud violation, you will awarded attorney's fees.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Business Formation for New Jersey on
Q: what is the new jersey equivalent to CA Civ Code § 3412 (2020) (cancellation of instruments)
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Dec 21, 2022

Unless an attorney is licensed in both CA and NJ they cannot provide you with a meaningful answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: What type of attorney do I need to handle a solar company ? Our roof leaks into 3 rooms destroying our ceilings.

They have come out 4 times to fix the leaks without success. Now 3 rooms of damage done. We want panels off the roof, roof replaced and cancel our contract with loan company. E signed documents, and finance company did not tell us lean was put on our home. E signed documents for that as well.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Dec 9, 2022

You need to retain experienced civil litigation who has handled many of this type of case. Under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (you can get triple damages plus attorney fees). It is extremely rare that a Home Improvement Contract will be in compliance with Home Improvement Contractor Act. But... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for New Jersey on
Q: Possibly civil suit between a contractor.Owner didn’t know existed wants to talk. Do I let him In my house? He’s never

Owner never been to my house or saw the work. His uncle the Forman represented himself as owner and gave estimate. Came back 3 times over 3 months when I complained. Now I fired them and owner wants to talk to see what work they can finish and get paid for. He’s never been in my home and he’s... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Dec 9, 2022

No you do not let him into your house at all. You need to retain an experienced civil litigation attorney who knows how to utilize the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (if successful you will be awarded triple damages, plus attorney fees) and the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. But you are... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for New Jersey on
Q: What type of lawyer should I contact to handle a solar company? We have had damage done to our home due to water leaks.

They have been out 4 times already to try and fix the problem. We now have 3 rooms of ceiling damage. We want panels off, roof replaced and contract loan taken care of. They have not fixed or ceilings with water damage.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Nov 30, 2022

You need to retain an experienced civil litigation attorney, who has substantial experience handling home improvement contractor cases that violate both the New Jersey Home Improvement Contractor Act and The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Although you would at all times be responsible for your own... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue a company for losing my laptop?

I brought my computer in for external repair (Screen Frame replacement). The company mistakenly recycled my computer. They provided me with a new one, but it wasn't the same as the one I previously had. They also promised to recover my hard drive but have never followed up on the status of the... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Nov 26, 2022

The answer depends on many factors from how valuable your data was to you, to whether you signed a limitation of liability when you took the computer in for repair. You will probably need to setup a consultation with a lawyer and that in and of itself will cost money for the attorneys time so... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Notice to enforce litigants rights

I have a judgment against a contractor who refused to return deposit. I have already served information subpoena to defendants court appearance. Now, all of his court appearances are virtual. Defendant has not responded to information subpoena within time alotted. I filed notice to enforce... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Nov 5, 2022

You have to get a Judge to grant you permission to effectuate service by publication. But you risk the contractor being able to discharge the judgment in bankruptcy. If you cannot establish fraudulent conduct that is not dischargeable in bankruptcy then you have a real problem. There are too many... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for New Jersey on
Q: I recently financed a ‘13 Dodge Avenger from a used car dealership. It failed 2 emissions inspections.

The car has been at the mechanic longer than I have been able to use it and I’m making payments on it for 2 months now without being able to use the vehicle. The dealership refuses to void the contract and insists of wasting more time trying to fix it or selling me a different car with a higher... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jul 31, 2022

This question was previously asked and answered. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: I recently financed a ‘13 Dodge Avenger from a used car dealership. It failed 2 emissions inspections.

The car has been at the mechanic longer than I have been able to use it and I’m making payments on it for 2 months now without being able to use the vehicle. The dealership refuses to void the contract and insists of wasting more time trying to fix it or selling me a different car with a higher... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jul 31, 2022

It will be necessary to examine the contract you signed, but it seems like an excellent possibility that there is a violation of the NJ Lemon law, the NJ Consumer Fraud Act (which allows for payment of triple damages and attorney fees). An experienced civil litigation attorney should be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: I purchased a defective piece of furniture (paid $6,572) from a furniture store, Ship Bottom NJ

I purchased a defective piece of furniture (paid $6,572) from furniture store, Ship Bottom NJ

Purchased 5/31/221, received 10/31/21.

Apx 2/02/22 Store/Manufacturer verbally agreed to replace it completely.

I now want my $ back because same problem subsequently observed on... Read more »

William N. Sosis
William N. Sosis
answered on Jun 27, 2022

Yes, you do. Sellers do have a right to cure any defect but only if their efforts are reasonable and don't amount to tinkering. New Jersey provides several remedies for unfair commercial transactions. These can be found in Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, The Consumer Fraud Act,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Real Estate Law and Constitutional Law for New Jersey on
Q: I have my certificate of birth, a specific AFFIDAVIT, I am still a debtor, I am doing a UCC1 filing

W. Sitzler is the Judge and the district attorney is not listed.

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jun 18, 2022

The question is missing details. Please complete the question. I will try to respond once a complete question is posted.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is it legal to buy counterfeit jerseys for personal use ? What statute or act states or enforces such act ?
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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answered on Jun 7, 2022

Assuming that you mean jerseys bearing the registered trademark of a sports team, it is the seller of infringing goods who is liable for the trademark infringement, not the buyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Internet Law for New Jersey on
Q: How can i file a lawsuit against instagram facebook and Meta

My accounts have been hacked and my information is being used!!

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on May 24, 2022

Most likely the agreement you signed when you became a member contained an arbitration clause. One clause in that agreement provides that you waive trial and agree to arbitrate any disputes.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: I want to Sue a dealership for selling me a junk car. Can I do this? Car is a porsche Macan total $56k investment

Car is not covered under lemon law

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 12, 2022

Realistically any attorney would need more facts and to review the purchase contract and any other related documents. Significantly more facts would be required. Using modern technology, geographic factors in obtaining an attorney are no longer relevant. You need an experienced civil litigation... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Can I file a smalls claims suit in NJ even if the home warranty contract contains an arbitration clause?

15. Arbitration. Any disputes resulting from this Agreement or any dispute resulting to Select's home service contract service

shall be construed and enforced under the laws of the State of New Jersey. You hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the courts

of New Jersey and waive... Read more »

William N. Sosis
William N. Sosis
answered on May 6, 2022

Arbitration clauses are matters of contract. In your case it's a "Home Warranty Contract". If the conduct of the party wanting to enforce the arbitration clause against you amounts to a material breach, then the court won't enforce the arbitration clause. A good remedy for a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Construction Law for New Jersey on
Q: does the board have the right to change a law that is also in the state law ?

While applying to the state for an electrical license , does the board have the right to change a law that is also in the state law ? Because it says so on its website ;The Board is engaging in rulemaking to implement the law. i check the law ,N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.1 Qualifications of Applicants... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Mar 10, 2022

The only way that any one can help you is if you provide more facts. There is no point in speculating.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: What is NJ law concerning return of new unused google play gift card purchased from Michaels during scam on 2/19/22?

GooglePlay gift cards worth $500 purchased at Michaels, Deptford, NJ. realized scam on 2/19/22; tried to return on 2/21/22; store mgr said policy is no return. Left message with fraud control at Michaels corp; no response to date. I will be 80 on 4/14/42. am I a "protected citizen?"

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Mar 5, 2022

There really is no cost effective solution. Try to contact the county prosecutor and the N.J. Dept of Consumer Affairs. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: 1 year old concrete driveway. Contractor’s dump truck damaged 5 of 14 blocks. Am I able to seek full replacement?

Dump truck delivering dirt for backyard, house empty at the time, no knowledge that a dump truck was coming on our driveway. Contractor willing to replace only the 5 damaged sections, not all 14. If we accept, concrete will not match in color & we will see this aesthetic difference for the rest... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Mar 1, 2022

Realistically a review of all your documents is required to determine exactly what your options are. If the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act turns out to be applicable to your case, you would be entitled to triple damages, plus attorney fees. In addition, in my experience, it's extremely rare... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Health Care Law for New Jersey on
Q: Zoll medical forced him to take home a 4000 per month product under duress. How can he stop them, cancel.

He was told his discharge from the hospital would not be allowed unless he took the Zoll company product. Otherwise the hospital would not let him go home.

Because he had no choice he took the Zoll company product that he did not want but was forced into accepting. If he was not released he... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Feb 18, 2022

Based on your brief description, I would argue that the requirement to accept the Zoll equipment is a contract of adhesion and not enforceable. You failed to mention whether there were other equipment available or other procedures which did not require the equipment. In any case, you have a... Read more »

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