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New Jersey Contractor Lawsuit FAQs

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NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR LAWSUIT FAQs


WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR LAWSUIT?
A New Jersey contractor lawsuit is usually a civil lawsuit between a New Jersey contractor and a homeowner about a New Jersey contractor breach of contract related to the performance of services at a home.  A New Jersey contractor breach of warranty lawsuit involves warranties that the contractor provided to homeowners with the services performed at the home or materials installed at the home.   A New Jersey contractor breach of contract or a New Jersey contractor breach of warranty may cause a homeowner expensive costs to repair the damage to their home.  For most people a home is their biggest single investment of a lifetime.  Since so much is at stake in a New Jersey contractor lawsuit and since proving these cases can be challenging, hire an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney to help you with your case.  A New Jersey contractor lawsuit may also involve claims that the contractor defrauded the homeowners.  If you face a dispute with a contractor, let an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney give you a no obligation consultation about your potential rights and remedies.


HOW DOES HOMEOWNER PROVE A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR BREACH OF CONTRACT LAWSUIT?
To establish a New Jersey contractor breach of contract lawsuit, the Homeowner must prove that:
1. The Homeowner and contractor entered into a Contract containing certain terms – a valid Contract.  
2. The Homeowner did what the Contract required the Homeowner to do.  
3. The contractor did not do what the Contract required the New Jersey contractor to do.  This failure is called a Contract.  
4. The contractor’s breach, or failure to do what the Contract required, caused a loss to the Homeowner.  


Failure to perform a Contract in accordance with its terms constitutes a New Jersey contractor breach of contract.  It does not matter if the failure was purposeful or inadvertent.  A Contract breach may be material or minor.  The generally accepted rule is that whether a Contract breach is material is a question of fact.   However, Courts will enforce a Contractual provision establishing that a particular Contract breach is grounds for termination of the Contract.   The Homeowner may be able to file a New Jersey contractor breach of contract lawsuit even if the breach is minor providing the breach causes the Homeowner measurable injury or damage.  When there has been a minor breach that may have caused the Homeowner injury or damage, it is possible for the court to find that the contractor has nevertheless substantially performed the Contract.  To find that the contractor substantially performed the Contract, the Court must have to conclude from the evidence that the contractor made a good faith effort that actually achieved the essential purpose of the Contract and provide the Homeowner with the fundamental benefits that the Homeowner was supposed to receive from is the Contract.  If the contractor substantially performed is the Contract, it will affect the amount of money damages that can be awarded for the Contract.  Since proving these cases can be challenging, hire an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney to help you with your case.


HOW DOES A COURT DECIDE IF A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR BREACH OF CONTRACT IS MATERIAL OR MINOR?
A New Jersey contractor breach of contract is material if it affects the purpose of the Contract in an important or vital way. A material breach defeats the purpose of the Contract and is inconsistent with the intention of the Homeowner and contractor to be bound by is the Contract terms.  When a contractor materially breaches a Contract, the Homeowner has a right to terminate is the Contract and may be excused from further performance of plaintiff’s remaining obligations under is the Contract.  The Court may use the following criteria for determining whether a New Jersey contractor breach of contract is material:
(1) the extent to which the injured party will be deprived of the benefit which he/she reasonably expected; 
(2) the extent to which the injured party can be adequately compensated for the part of that benefit of which he will be deprived;  
(3) the extent to which the Homeowner or Contract defendant failing to perform or to offer to perform will suffer forfeiture;
(4) the likelihood that the Homeowner or Contract defendant failing to perform or to offer to perform will cure his failure, taking account of all the circumstances including any reasonable assurances; 
(5) the extent to which the behavior of the Homeowner or Contract defendant failing to perform or to offer to perform comports with standards of good faith and fair dealing.
Because proving these cases can be complex, seriously consider hiring an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney to help you with your case.


WHAT HAPPENS IF THE HOMEOWNER’S PROMISE UNDER IS THE CONTRACT WAS DEPENDENT UPON THE CONTRACTOR’S PERFORMANCE AND THE CONTRACTOR FAILS TO PERFORM UNDER THE CONTRACT?
In a New Jersey contractor breach of contract lawsuit, when the Homeowner’s promise under is the Contract was dependent upon the contractor’s performance and the contractor fails to perform, then the Homeowner is excused from further performance of  the Homeowner’s promise.  When a Homeowner or contractor materially breaches the Contract but does not indicate any intention to renounce or repudiate the remainder of the Contract, the Homeowner can elect to either continue to perform or cease to perform.  If the Homeowner elects to perform, the Contract, they are deprived of an excuse for ceasing performance.  But even if the Homeowner elects to perform, they can still sue for any injury or damages suffered because of the material breach.  Since proving damages in these cases can be challenging, hire an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney to help you with your case.


WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR BREACH OF WARRANTY LAWSUIT? 
A New Jersey contractor breach of warranty lawsuit may arise where an express warranty is issued by a contractor to a homeowner and the contractor breaches that warranty.  The basic elements of a New Jersey contractor breach of warranty lawsuit are: (1) The homeowner was the recipient of or beneficiary under an express oral or written warranty, including any affirmation of fact or promise made by the contractor related to the work under the contract.  (2) the work did not conform to the warranty and/or the Homeowner experienced problems with the contractor’s work.  (3) The New Jersey contractor breach of warranty was material rather than one for trivial nonconformities/problems.  (4) The Homeowner gave the contractor an opportunity to cure the nonconformities/problems but the contractor failed to cure those nonconformities/problems.  (5) In a reasonable time after discovering the nonconformities/problems, the Homeowner provided notice to the contractor of the existence of those nonconformities/problems.  (6) In certain warranty cases, such as where the contractor alleges secondary causes, the Homeowner did not continue to make deliberate and unreasonable use of the product after becoming aware of the nonconformity/problem or the Homeowner did not cause the problem or nonconformity by abusing, misusing or modifying the product.(7) The Homeowner suffered damages from the New Jersey contractor breach of warranty. If you face a warranty dispute with a contractor, let an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney give you a no obligation consultation about your potential rights and remedies.


WHAT DAMAGES MIGHT I RECOVER IN A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR BREACH OF WARRANTY LAWSUIT?
A plaintiff who wins a New Jersey contractor breach of warranty lawsuit may recover compensatory damages for such losses as may fairly be considered to have arisen naturally from the breach of warranty.  Alternatively, plaintiff may be entitled to such damages as may reasonably be supposed to have been contemplated by both parties, at the time they made the warranty, as the probable result of the breach of such warranty.   Compensatory damages for breach of warranty are designed under the law to place the injured party in as good a monetary position as he/she would have enjoyed if the warranty had been performed as promised. 
WHAT IS NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FRAUD?
Every year, Homeowners become contractor fraud victims when they enter into contracts with deceptive contractors who mislead the Homeowners to part with their money.   Don’t be a victim of contractor fraud!    Know the telltale signs of New Jersey contractor fraud and protect yourself from such fraudulent contractor schemes to rip you off!  Also, if you are already a New Jersey contractor fraud victim, hire an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney to help you bring a New Jersey lawsuit against the New Jersey contractor.  The State of New Jersey does not have the resources to fight all New Jersey Consumer Fraud but the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act allows private New Jersey attorneys to represent homeowners and to fight for their rights against fraudulent New Jersey contractors.  If you think that you were the victim of contractor fraud, consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney.


HOW DOES THE NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT HELP CONSUMER FRAUD VICTIMS?
In 1960, the New Jersey Legislature passed the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act "to permit the New Jersey Attorney General to combat the increasingly widespread practice of defrauding the consumer."   The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act conferred on the New Jersey Attorney General the power to investigate New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act complaints and promulgate rules and regulations that have the force of law. In 1971, the New Jersey Legislature amended the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act to "give New Jersey one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the nation."  The New Jersey Legislature expanded the definition of "unlawful practice" to include "unconscionable commercial practices" and broadened the New Jersey Attorney General's enforcement powers. That amendment also provided for private causes of action, with an award of treble damages, attorneys' fees, and costs.  New Jersey’s government believed that those provisions would provide "easier access to the courts for the consumer, [would] increase the attractiveness of consumer actions to attorneys and [would] also help reduce the burdens on the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs."   The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act provides that:  (1) The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, use or employment by any person of any unconscionable commercial practice, deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, or the knowing, concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact with intent that others rely upon such concealment, suppression or omission, in connection with the sale or with the subsequent performance of such person as aforesaid, whether or not any person has in fact been misled, deceived or damaged thereby, is declared to be an unlawful practice; (2) any person who suffers any ascertainable loss of moneys or property, real or personal, as a result of the use or employment by another person of any method, act, or practice declared unlawful under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act  may bring an action. In any action under this section the court shall, in addition to any other appropriate legal or equitable relief, award threefold the damages sustained by any person in interest. In all actions under this section the court shall also award reasonable attorneys' fees, filing fees and reasonable costs of suit.


Courts have emphasized that like most remedial legislation, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act should be construed liberally in favor of consumers.   Although initially designed to combat "sharp practices and dealings" that victimized consumers by luring them into purchases through fraudulent or deceptive means, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is no longer aimed solely at "shifty, fast-talking and deceptive merchant[s]" but reaches "nonsoliciting artisans" as well. Thus, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is designed to protect the public even when a merchant acts in good faith.  Moreover, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act's includes a provision authorizing consumers to bring their own private actions, which is integral to fulfilling the legislative purposes of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is broad remedial legislation enacted for the protection of consumers of a variety of goods and services, and its history has been marked by the "constant expansion of consumer protection."  


NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR UNCONSCIONABLE COMMERCIAL PRACTICES
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve an unconscionable commercial practice -- an activity in the public marketplace, which is basically unfair or unjust, which materially departs from standards of good faith, honesty in fact and fair dealing.  If you think that you were a victim of unconscionable commercial practices, consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney.


NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR DECEPTION
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve conduct or an advertisement which is misleading to an average Homeowner to the extent that it is capable of and likely to mislead an average Homeowner.  It does not matter that, at a later time, it could have been explained to a more knowledgeable and inquisitive Homeowner, nor need the conduct or advertisement actually have misled the Homeowner.  It is not important that the New Jersey contractor may have acted in good faith.  Instead, it is the capacity to mislead that is important.  If you think that you were deceived by a contractor, consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney.


NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FRAUDULENT CONDUCT
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve the commission of fraudulent conduct -- a perversion of the truth, a misstatement or a falsehood communicated to another person and creating the possibility that that other person will be cheated.


NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FALSE PRETENSE 
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve a false pretense -- an untruth knowingly expressed by a New Jersey contractor.  If you think that you were taken in by false pretenses by a contractor, consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney.


NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FALSE PROMISE
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve a false promise -- an untrue commitment or pledge, communicated to a Homeowner to create the possibility that the Homeowner will be misled.


NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR MISREPRESENTATION
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve a misrepresentation -- a statement made to deceive or mislead.  In this type of New Jersey contractor fraud, a New Jersey contractor makes an untrue statement to the Homeowner about a fact which is important or significant to a New Jersey contractor sale or advertisement and which is communicated to the Homeowner to create the possibility that the Homeowner will be misled.  


NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD CONTRACTOR KNOWING OMISSION VIOLATIONS
New Jersey contractor fraud may involve an omission –  a New Jersey contractor contractor, New Jersey contractor or New Jersey seller of New Jersey contractors’ failure to do something that the law requires be done.  Omissions that violate the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act consist of any of the following:
knowing concealment of any material fact from the Homeowner.
suppression of any material fact from the Homeowner.
omission of any material fact from the Homeowner.


NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD PER SE CONTRACTOR VIOLATONS
To accomplish the objectives and to carry out the duties prescribed by the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the New Jersey Attorney General, in addition to other powers conferred by the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, is allowed to promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary, which shall have the force of law.  Over the years following the initial adoption of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the New Jersey Legislature has repeatedly amended and expanded the reach of its provisions, often by adding sections to address particular areas of concern and to include them specifically within its protective sweep.   The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has enacted extensive regulations, consistent with the foregoing authority, to deal with practices susceptible to New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violations, such as may be found under home-improvement contracts.   A major purpose of the New Jersey Contractor Practices regulations is to provide "objective assurances" of the "terms and criteria according to which home-improvement work [should] be done." However, the regulations are not meant to be exhaustive, and practices not specified in the regulations may nevertheless constitute unlawful consumer fraud.  Another example of this expansion of the application of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act can be seen in the New Jersey Legislature's 2004 enactment of the New Jersey Contractor's Registration Act. That statute, and the implementing regulations promulgated thereafter, created a framework within the CFA that regulates contractors who are engaged in the business of making or selling contractors. Although the legislative history surrounding the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act is sparse, there can be no doubt about the fact that the New Jersey Legislature regarded the contractor industry as being greatly in need of regulation. Indeed, the seriousness with which the New Jersey Legislature approached the perceived problems in that industry is reflected both in the expansive language of the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act’s definitional reach and in the remedies that the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act authorizes.  In particular, the New Jersey Legislature made the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act applicable broadly, by defining those in the contractor industry that would fall within its terms without regard to the type of business entity through which they operated - defining contractors to include persons operating through "corporation, partnership, association and any other form of business organization or entity" together with their "officers, representatives, agents and employees".   Similarly, the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act used sweeping language in its definition of "contractors" so that the requirements of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act would reach an extensive variety of persons and entities involved in the contractor business.   As a result, the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act applies to individuals and entities engaged in "remodeling, altering, renovating, repairing, restoring, modernizing, moving, demolishing, or otherwise improving or modifying of the whole or any part of any residential or non-commercial property . . . [and] shall also include insulation installation, and the conversion of existing commercial structures into residential or non-commercial property."   Apart from those expansive definitions both as to the persons or entities that are engaged in the business and as to the nature of the business of contractors, the statutory enforcement mechanisms chosen by the New Jersey Legislature independently suggest an intention to provide strong protections to consumers. Some are regulatory in nature, for example, requiring any person or entity that falls within the definition of a contractor to register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and to make detailed annual disclosures that might subject it to suspension or revocation of its registration, N.J.S.A. 56:8-141.  Other provisions, however, relate either directly or indirectly to the remedies that the New Jersey Legislature intended the statute to make available to the consumer. As an example, persons or entities involved in the contractor industry are obligated to "secure [and] maintain . . . commercial general liability insurance" in the required amount. In practice, the requirement that the contractors carry insurance does not protect consumers directly; instead the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act provides two other, powerful means of enforcement. The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act specifically makes any violation of its provisions "an unlawful practice" subject to the remedies available under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, as well as a fourth degree criminal offense.  The New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act’s identification of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act as the New Jersey Contractors’ Registration Act’s principal civil enforcement mechanism, particularly in light of the adoption of implementing regulations that identify numerous prohibited practices such as the New Jersey Contractor Practices Regulations, strongly suggests that the New Jersey Legislature intended to broadly empower consumers of these services to seek relief for violations and to be made whole. The more recently enacted statute governing contractors, which was codified as an amendment to the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, similarly includes a registration provision.   In place of the warranty protections required of new home builders, however, this statute protects homeowners by requiring insurance, disclosures, and, through the implementing regulations, by specifying numerous practices that are defined to be unlawful, all specifically deemed to fall within the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and, therefore, made subject to its enforcement mechanisms and remedies.  Reading the two statutes together, the New Jersey Legislature planned to create a seamless web of protections for the homeowner. 


WHO IS LIABLE FOR NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD IN A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FRAUD CASE?
The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act uses the term "person," which the statute itself defines:
The term "person" as used in the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act shall include any natural person or his legal representative, partnership, corporation, company, trust, business entity or association, and any agent, employee, salesman, partner, officer, director, member, stockholder, associate, trustee or cestuis que trustent thereof[.]    The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act protects consumers who have fallen prey to three separate kinds of unlawful practices.   The language of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act specifically identifies a variety of affirmative acts, including "deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, [and] misrepresentation," and it also identifies as actionable "the knowing[] concealment, suppression or omission of any material fact," if intentional.   In addition, by referring to "unconscionable commercial practice[s]," and by authorizing the New Jersey Attorney General to promulgate regulations that shall have the force of law, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act permits claims to be based on regulatory violations.  In light of the broad remedial purposes of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and the expansive sweep of the definition of "person," it is clear that an individual who commits an affirmative act or a knowing omission that the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act has made actionable can be liable individually. Although the statute would also impose liability on the individual's corporate employer for such an affirmative act, there is no basis on which to conclude that the statute meant to limit recourse to the corporation, and thereby to shield the individual from any liability in doing so.  Corporate officers and employees could be individually liable pursuant to the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act for their affirmative acts of misrepresentation to a consumer.   Individuals may be independently liable for violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, notwithstanding the fact that they were acting through a corporation at the time.  To be sure, individuals are not liable merely because of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violation of the corporate entity. Instead, New Jersey courts focus on the New Jersey Consumer Fraud of the individual employee or corporate officer to determine whether the specific individual had engaged in conduct prohibited by the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  If you think that you were ripped off by a contractor, consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney.


HOW DO YOU PROVE A NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT VIOLATION IN A NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FRAUD CASE?
To violate the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, a person must commit an "unlawful practice" as defined in the legislation. Unlawful practices fall into three general categories: affirmative acts, knowing omissions, and regulation violations. A practice can be unlawful even if no person was in fact misled or deceived thereby. The capacity to mislead is the prime ingredient of all types of New Jersey Consumer Fraud.  When the alleged New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violation consists of an affirmative act, intent is not an essential element and the plaintiff need not prove that the defendant intended to commit an unlawful act. However, when the alleged New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violation consists of an omission, the plaintiff must show that the defendant acted with knowledge, and intent is an essential element of the fraud.  In respect of what constitutes an "unconscionable commercial practice," unconscionability is "an amorphous concept obviously designed to establish a broad business ethic." The standard of conduct that the term "unconscionable" implies is lack of "good faith, honesty in fact and observance of fair dealing."   However, "a breach of warranty, or any breach of contract, is not per se unfair or unconscionable * * * and a breach of warranty alone does not violate a consumer protection statute."   Because any breach of warranty or contract is unfair to the non-breaching party, the law permits that party to recoup remedial damages in an action on the contract; however, by providing that a court should treble those damages and should award attorneys' fees and costs, the New Jersey Legislature must have intended that substantial aggravating circumstances be present in addition to the breach.   The third category of unlawful acts consists of violations of specific regulations promulgated under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. In those instances, intent is not an element of the unlawful practice, and the regulations impose strict liability for such violations. The New Jersey contractors subject to the regulations are assumed to be familiar with them, so that any violation of the regulations, regardless of intent or moral culpability, constitutes a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. To establish a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act a plaintiff need not prove an unconscionable commercial practice. Rather, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act specifies the conduct that will amount to an unlawful practice in the disjunctive, as "any unconscionable commercial practice, deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, or the knowing[] concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact * * * ."   Proof of any one of those acts or omissions or of a violation of a regulation will be sufficient to establish unlawful conduct under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  Any person who suffers any ascertainable loss of moneys or property, real or personal, as a result of the use or employment by another person of any method, act, or practice declared unlawful under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act may bring an action or assert a counterclaim therefor in any court of competent jurisdiction. In any action under this section the court shall, in addition to any other appropriate legal or equitable relief, award threefold the damages sustained by any person in interest. In all actions under this section the court shall also award reasonable attorneys' fees, filing fees and reasonable costs of suit.   An award of treble damages and attorneys' fees is mandatory under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act if a New Jersey Consumer Fraud claimant proves both an unlawful practice under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and an ascertainable loss. The use of the word "shall" in the statute suggests as much. Moreover, the legislative history indicates that the provision for attorneys' fees was intended to impose on the defendant in a private action "a greater financial penalty [than in an action brought by the New Jersey Attorney General] and * * * [to ensure] that the financial cost to the private plaintiff was minimized and compensation maximized."   In limited cases, a New Jersey Consumer Fraud claimant can recover reasonable attorneys' fees, filing fees, and costs if that plaintiff can prove that the defendant committed an unlawful practice, even if the Consumer fraud victim cannot show any ascertainable loss and thus cannot recover treble damages. The fundamental remedial purpose of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act dictates that plaintiffs should be able to pursue New Jersey contractor fraud cases without experiencing financial hardship.  If you think that you were victimized by a contractor, consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney.


WHAT PENALTIES DO NEW JERSEY CONTRACTORS FACE IF THEY VIOLATE THE NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT?
If a Homeowner is a victim of New Jersey contractor fraud which also constitutes a New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violation, the Homeowner may be entitled to the following types of relief:
Cancellation of fraudulent debts.
Treble damages for ascertainable loss of money or property caused by the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Violation.
Attorney’s fee award for prosecuting the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Violation or defending against lawsuits by contractors to collect a fraudulent debt.
Refund of money lost due to the New Jersey contractor’s New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Violation.


HOW DO I RECOVER DAMAGES UNDER THE NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT FOR NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR FRAUD?
A Homeowner or customer who is able to prove that a New Jersey contractor, New Jersey contractor or the seller of Contractor services committed a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act which directly cause of the Consumer fraud victim to suffer an ascertainable loss of money or property is entitled to receive an award of triple damages, attorney’s fees and litigation costs.  In certain situations, a Consumer fraud victim may also be entitled to a refund or to cancel a New Jersey fraudulent debt.  However, under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, a Consumer fraud victim is not entitled to recover pain and suffering damages.  


WHAT HAPPENS IF A NEW JEREY CONTRACTOR TRIES TO COLLECT A FRAUDUENT CONTRACTOR BILL?
If a Homeowner is a victim of New Jersey Consumer Fraud, the New Jersey contractor bill may be uncollectible or void.   Consult with an experienced New Jersey contractor fraud attorney to find out if you qualify for that type of relief against a New Jersey contractor.  


AN EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR LAWSUIT ATTORNEY AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY CONTRACTOR LAWSUIT
Disputes involving home renovations are commonplace today.   Don’t be another victim of contractor fraud or a contractor’s failure to honor promises to you.   Did your home improvement project turn into a nightmare?  Does your home improvement contract or home repair contract look like it doesn’t comply with the law?  Let an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney review your home improvement contract to see if it complies with the law and if not, to tell you what you can do about it.   Is your home renovation incomplete but your contractor is asking for the final payment?   Did your contractor fail to get permits for your home renovation?  Are you dissatisfied with the work that a home improvement contractor or home repair contractor performed at your business?  Did a home improvement contractor or home repair contractor charge you for work without first getting you to sign a contract or a change order?   Did you pay a home improvement contractor a deposit and they never returned to complete your home improvement job?  Let an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney review the facts of your dispute and give you sound advice on your options under the law.  Why guess about your legal rights when you can have an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney explain the law about home improvements and your rights.  Did a home improvement contractor get you to sign a fraudulent contract?   The contractor can’t dictate all the contents of a renovation contract.  Instead, a home improvement contract must contain certain mandatory disclosures about prices and the materials to be used in the home repair job.  Let an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney tell you about the legal requirements for home improvement contracts.   Did a home improvement contractor overcharge you for work at your home?  Did a home improvement contractor or bill you for materials or supplies that they never delivered to the job site?   The law requires mandatory disclosures about materials to be used during a home renovation project.   Did you receive substandard work from a contractor?  Did a contractor perform work that proved defective?  Did a home repair contractor perform work for you without giving you a warranty for the work or a guarantee for the work?  The law requires mandatory disclosures about warranties and guarantees in home improvement contracts.  Why settle for wondering what your rights are when a no obligation legal consultation is a phone call away?   Did a New Jersey home improvement contractor lie to you about their services?  Did a New Jersey home improvement contractor commit consumer fraud against you?   Let an experienced New Jersey consumer fraud lawyer help you with your contractor dispute.  Did a contractor fail to honor a warranty that they issued you?  Did a contractor charge you for defective work?    Is a contractor failing to return your calls about problems with their work or problems with their bill?    Did a home repair contractor improperly put a mechanic’s lien on your home?   Let an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney help you with your home renovation lawsuit or dispute.  Paul DePetris has handled many home repair fraud cases, prosecuting such lawsuits for homeowners.  Paul DePetris is also a published legal author on the subject.   Use the services of an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney to help you sort out your rights and to take the next step in your dispute.  Handling your New Jersey contractor lawsuit wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!!  Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney!  Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.  Call or send an email to Paul DePetris for a one time no obligation consultation.  Why take a chance with your expensive improvements to your home?   Since proving these cases can be challenging, hire an experienced New Jersey contractor lawsuit attorney to help you with your case.

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