There’s a new tool for deceptive pricing class actions challenging “up to __%” savings promotional messaging: A new lawsuit filed in New Jersey alleges that the clothing retailer’s “up to _% off” promotional messaging violates New Jersey’s consumer protection laws. The plaintiff sued Jos. A. Bank under the New Jersey Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), N.J. Stat. § 56:12-15. This once-forgotten statute has recently been in the limelight, invoked in numerous class actions due to its generous civil penalties provision providing “not less than $100.00 or for actual damages, or both” at the choice of the consumer, plus attorney’s fees. See N.J. Stat § 56:12-17.
Last month, our colleague Joshua Foust analyzed the then-newly introduced Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. The bill, sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), amends procedures used in federal court class action and mass tort litigation. Last week, on March 9, just one month after Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the bill, the full House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 220-201. The legislation will now be considered by the Senate.
Now that the bill has passed the House, we have drafted an alert providing additional analysis. Click here to read the alert on Crowell.com or read below.