A-3304, which NJCJI opposes, is scheduled for consideration by the full Assembly today. If enacted, this legislation would make the 2008 False Claims Act retroactively applicable to alleged offenses occurring up to 14 years ago, from March 1998.
A lot can happen in nearly 14 years. Companies change. Employees change. Exonerating evidence is harder to come by.
But this bill doesn’t take any of that into consideration. Instead, a company – no matter how big or small, equipped with a legal department or not – may be forced to defend itself against a False Claims lawsuit without the benefit of time-sensitive exonerating material.
More importantly, A-3304’s retroactive application of the False Claims Act is unconstitutional, and puts companies that do business in the State of New Jersey in serious danger of unfair and unjust litigation abuse.