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  • NJ A1515
  • Limits forum of certain consumer contract disputes to New Jersey.*
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill prohibits terms and conditions in a consumer contract that require the dispute be resolved in a venue, forum, or jurisdiction outside of the State of New Jersey. This bill will assure that consumers are not forced by businesses to resolve their disputes in distant and costly forums. Consumer contracts increasingly contain forum-selection clauses that require litigation or arbitration to take place outside of New Jersey, making dispute resolution costly and difficult for consumers. These contracts are typically standardized forms drafted with no input from the consumer, and are offered on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. The consumer is often the less sophisticated party, who is agreeing to the contract without the benefit of an attorney, and may not be able to afford to travel to resolve a dispute.
Commerce, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee  (on 1/30/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/30/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
1/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (49-20-0)
5/26/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (McKeon)
2/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/4/2016 Assembly Consumer Affairs Hearing (10:00 2/4/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 1/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 49 20 11
Detail 2/4/2016 Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 3 0 1