NJ Attorney General and The Consumer Fraud Act

Attorney General
The Legislature authorized the Attorney General, acting through the Division of Consumer Affairs Division, to promulgate regulations, having the force of law, “to deal with practices susceptible to consumer-fraud violations.” Id. at 16.

In response, the Division enacted extensive regulations, N.J.A.C. 13:45A-1.1 to 29.1, of which the Automotive Sales Practices regulations, N.J.A.C. 13:45A-26B.1 to -26B.2, are a part. The regulations protect consumers by providing them with the information necessary to avoid paying for optional hidden service fees that they would have rejected had they known what these service fees were. Delaney v. Garden State Auto Park, 318 N.J.Super. 15, 20, (App.Div.1999).

The regulations require an automobile dealer to itemize documentary service fees to comply with the Consumer Fraud Act.