A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of April 16-22.


NJ Class Suits Over E-Commerce Disclaimers Causing Stir

Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal

Companies engaged in e-commerce in New Jersey are being hit with class action suits claiming their terms of service violate a state consumer protection law enacted when Ronald Reagan was president—and the litigation is causing concern in the business community.

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Toys R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond Sued Over Website Terms

Kat Greene | Law360

Toys R Us and Bed Bath & Beyond are trying to squeak by consumer complaints for selling substandard or dangerous products with online contracts that violate New Jersey law, according to a pair of similar proposed class actions filed Wednesday. Two separate plaintiffs alleged in New Jersey federal court that Toys R Us Inc. and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. require customers to agree to online terms and conditions before making a purchase that unfairly block the shoppers from seeking damages for injuries if the product they buy is unsafe, according to the suits.

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Frustrated by Fine Print, Closter Man Sues Hertz

Myles Ma | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A Closter man is taking to the courts to do battle against fine print. David Hecht filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court argues that the terms and conditions on the Hertz website are not specific enough. The suit seeks $100 for himself (plus attorney’s fees) and any other members of the Hertz Golds Plus Reward Program or who has rented a vehicle from Hertz since June 1, 2011.

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Consumer Accuses Burlington Stores of Unlawful Terms, Conditions

Legal Newsline

A New York woman is suing Burlington Stores, alleging its terms and conditions attempt to absolve it from liability. Annette Martinez of West Haverstraw, New York, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit April 13 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Burlington Stores Inc., alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

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NJ Devils Rink Co. Sued Over Exculpatory Service Terms

Braden Campbell | Law360

The operator of the New Jersey Devils’ arena was hit with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Friday alleging it forced customers to cede their rights to file personal injury claims in violation of a New Jersey consumer protection statute.

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Victoria’s Secret Class Action Alleges Website Terms Illegal

Michael A. Kakuk | Top Class Actions

On April 17, a class action lawsuit was filed against the companies behind the Victoria’s Secret website for alleged violations of New Jersey consumer protection laws. The class action lawsuit asserts that “through its ‘Site Terms, Conditions And Notices,’ Defendant imposes on New Jersey consumers involuntary, illegal, and unenforceable limitations of consumer rights and remedies in violation of New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act.”

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