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Consumer Law General FAQ
A contractor provides less than what was promised and paid for. Is there any recourse? Are dry cleaners responsible for lost or damaged items? Don't I have a "cooling off period" on all credit transactions? If I just made a purchase and the item goes on sale, does the retailer have to refund the difference? ... READ MORE

Consumer Law Electronic Fund Transfers FAQ
Can a creditor require that I use an EFT account? Can a financial institution set up an account and send me a card without my approval? Do the EFT Act protections apply to all preauthorized plans? How do I correct an error? How do I stop a preauthorized payment? How will I know that a preauthorized deposit ... READ MORE

Consumer Law Telemarketing FAQ
A telemarketer contacted me about helping me with my credit, asking for up-front money. Is this legal? A telemarketer sold me hundreds of dollars' worth of magazines. Am I obligated to pay for these? Are the automatic dialers telemarketers use legal? I hate answering the phone only to hear nothing, then ... READ MORE

Consumer Law Consumer Purchases FAQ
Can I cancel a purchase I made from a door-to-door salesperson? Do online merchants have to provide the warranty so I can review it before I buy? How do I know an Internet site is secure for purchases? Is it safe to provide my credit card over the Internet for a purchase? I've ordered items they haven't ... READ MORE

Scam Alert: "Robocalls" to Extend Your Warranty
A federal judge put a halt to operations by a telemarketer that pitched deceptive extended auto warranties to consumers nationwide through prerecorded phone messages, or robocalls. A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit alleged the telemarketer blasted robocalls that falsely warned consumers their ... READ MORE

Scam Alert: Property Reassessment
Scammers' abilities to invent new tricks seem boundless. Recent scams target people desperate for financial aid or relief. These scams succeed because vulnerable people seek an easy way out, or don't have enough information to recognize fraud. One of the more recent scams concerns property reassessment. ... READ MORE

Scam Alert: The Phishing Game
  Read incoming e-mail with a skeptical eye Just because an e-mail address looks familiar, doesn't mean it's legitimate Take immediate action if you've given personal information to a suspicious source   You learned it in kindergarten: "Don't talk to strangers!" Many people would never dream of giving ... READ MORE

Step Right Up: Beware of Ticket Scams and Risks
A fresh-faced teenager clutches his football ticket, charged up about seeing his favorite pro team play in person at last. He walks through the gates, settles into his seat, and then abruptly whisked away. What happened? The young fan made the mistake of buying the ticket online from an unauthorized ... READ MORE

What's in a Game? Beware of Web of Video Games
Related Item You may be unhappy with the violence in video and online games marketed to your kids. According to the Supreme Court, you're on your own in minding what games your kids play. It held a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to kids unconstitutional. Justice Scalia ... READ MORE

Yankee Fan Sues Over Stadium Seats
Sports Fans Beware There are quite a few people out there trying to make a buck the easy way. And if you like buying or collecting sports memorabilia, you're a target. Fans like you can buy anything from T-shirts with your favorite team's logo to the bat used by Pete Rose when he hit his last and record-setting ... READ MORE

 

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I am not sure what the action would be.  If you did not pay the lease, and it was found to be a fraud, there is really no further claim.  You are not going to prove the dealer did it intenti ...Read more

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Trump University Class Action Lawsuit

The class action case against president-elect Donald Trump and his Trump University for fraud progressed further yesterday, as Trump’s lawyers agreed to enter settlement talks. Plaintiffs allege ... Read more

The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act

The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act provides strong protection for consumers against deceptive commercial practices by businesses.  These protections include limitations on what businesses can do a ... Read more

The NJ Consumer Fraud Act Applies to Residential Construction Projects

Contractors should recognize that the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act ("CFA") does apply to residential construction projects.  Failure to adhere to the CFA or its associated regulations ... Read more

Hebrew National hot dogs not kosher, lawsuit claims

Hebrew National hot dogs not kosher, lawsuit claims from Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/18/us-conagra-lawsuit-hebrewnational-idUSBRE85H1RE20120618 Simon W. Johnson swj@swjlawoffice.com ... Read more

Judge lets Fruit Roll-Ups lawsuit proceed

Judge lets Fruit Roll-Ups lawsuit proceed from Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/11/us-generalmills-fruitrollups-idUSBRE84A19C20120511 Simon W. Johnson swj@swjlawoffice.com Law Office of ... Read more

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