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New Jersey Consumer Fraud Lawyers

Representing clients harmed by fraud throughout NJ

When an unsuspecting consumer has been taken advantage of, misled, exploited, or deceived by a product, service provider, or corporation, it is an act of consumer fraud. Unfortunately, consumer fraud happens every day, but New Jersey has strong consumer protection laws to help foster a fair marketplace where consumers get what they pay for. If they do not, there is a penalty for those who purposefully mislead or deceive consumers.

The New Jersey consumer fraud lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP stand up for clients who have been exploited and victimized. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your consumer fraud case. Contact us in Toms River, Red Bank, or Edison today.

Consumer fraud and unfair trade practices

While most states have enacted consumer fraud or unfair trade practices laws, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is known to provide some of the strongest protections in the country. Enacted in 1960 to “combat the increasingly widespread practice of defrauding the consumer,” it was modified in 1971 to allow private citizens to enforce its conditions. This law also allowed law firms to file lawsuits on behalf of defrauded individuals. The three main objectives of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act are:

  1. Compensate victims for their loss
  2. Punish the seller and award treble damages (triple the amount of remedies)
  3. Attract legal counsel by providing an incentive to take a case with a minor loss to the individual

Common types of consumer fraud

Those who have been harmed because of consumer fraud can lose thousands of dollars, or even their entire life savings. Fortunately, consumers do not have to go down this road alone. Our New Jersey consumer protection lawyers handle all types of consumer fraud. The following are examples of some of the more common types of consumer fraud that happen every day:

  • Credit card fraud: This is a billion-dollar business, but credit card companies have introduced a way to improve security by using an EMV chip that creates a unique transaction code that cannot be duplicated. This makes it much more difficult for thieves to defraud merchants and consumers.
  • Violations of internet privacy: With the increasingly high levels of access to information, personal privacy and data security becomes a major concern for those of us who want to enjoy the convenience of operating within the digital economy. If your right to privacy has been violated, we represent clients throughout the process of obtaining the justice they deserve.
  • Home improvement contractor fraud: When a contractor does not do the work properly, or fails to do the work at all, and has been paid for the job, this is considered fraud.
  • Identity theft: This occurs when someone steals your personal information like a credit card number, social security number, or bank account number with the intention of committing fraud. Often, once the victim realizes what has happened, the damage is done. An act of consumer fraud can empty bank accounts, apply for loans, use credit cards, and ultimately ruin a victim’s credit score. It is important to be vigilant about protecting yourself against identity theft.
  • Insurance fraud: Insurance companies may say a claim is unwarranted or uncovered and will deny payment, particularly after a catastrophic event that would warrant a large sum of money.
  • Investor fraud: Some examples of investor fraud include unauthorized trading, misrepresentations and omissions, and recommending poor investments.
  • Lemon law cases: When you purchase a car that needs constant repairs or simply does not work, this is an example of consumer fraud.
  • Mortgage foreclosure scams: This happens when clients have been coerced into mortgage modification schemes and other foreclosure prevention scams.

Consumer fraud and class action lawsuits

On occasion, an individual will file a lawsuit on behalf of him or herself and a larger group of people who have been the victim of the same or similar fraud. A class action suit will pursue compensation for all the individuals who have been victimized and can involve a large number of people whose claims are all similar. Once the court certifies a class action, all the claims can be heard and ruled on in one trial.

Who can bring a consumer fraud act claim?

Consumers who believe that they have been defrauded or purposefully deceived can file a lawsuit under the NJ Consumer Fraud Act against the business merchant responsible for the wrongful conduct. A merchant is any commercial concern which sells or vends goods or services to consumers, or other merchants including:

  • Banks
  • Contractors
  • Businesses
  • Franchisees or franchisors

What damages are available under the NJ Consumer Fraud Act?

A plaintiff who has successfully proven that he or she has suffered an “ascertainable loss” because of consumer fraud, (which means that the loss is measurable) he or she may be entitled to recover triple the amount of damages and attorney’s fees. The triple damages penalty was intended to be punitive and to deter merchants from participating in the same type of conduct in the future.

New Jersey consumer protection lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP advocate for victims of consumer fraud

If you have been exploited by the dishonest, fraudulent actions of another, you are urged to contact the skilled New Jersey consumer protection lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. We have the experience and the knowledge to aggressively handle all types of consumer fraud cases. Our legal team works tirelessly to help protect the rights of our clients in consumer fraud cases to ensure there is proper compensation for suffered losses.

For a complimentary case review, call us at 732-384-1331 or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey.

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"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

~ Client

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~ Client

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

I have to say he is a great person.

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-31T17:42:12+00:00

~ Client

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

Mr. Zaslow is truly the best.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

~ C.C.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-31T17:44:24+00:00

~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

Very very pleased with the service and professionalism.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

~ M.M.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-31T17:51:39+00:00

~ M.M.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

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"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-31T18:04:32+00:00

~ Client

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

I would highly recommend his firm.

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

~ Client

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2018-10-31T18:07:23+00:00

~ Client

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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