SENATE, No. 943

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JANUARY 17, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Invalidates consumer contracts which require a waiver of right to file a consumer complaint.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning consumer contracts and amending P.L.1981, c.454.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 3 of P.L.1981, c.454 (C.56:12-16) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    No consumer contract, warranty, notice or sign, as provided for in this act, shall contain any provision by which the consumer waives his rights under this act.  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no consumer contract, warranty, notice or sign shall contain any provision which requires the consumer to waive his right to contact a law enforcement agency, State, county or municipal department or agency or any other entity for the purposes of reporting a consumer complaint.  Any such provision shall be null and void.  No consumer contract, notice or sign shall state that any of its provisions is or may be void, unenforceable or inapplicable in some jurisdictions without specifying which provisions are or are not void, unenforceable or inapplicable within the State of New Jersey; provided, however, that this shall not apply to warranties.

(cf. P.L.1981, c.454, s.3)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill invalidates any consumer contract which contains language requiring the consumer to waive his right to contact a law enforcement agency, State, county or municipal department or agency or any other entity for the purposes of reporting a consumer complaint.