HB 465-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 465-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. W. Pearson, Ches. 16
This bill gives the right to a jury trial to a plaintiff in private consumer protection actions.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. Any person injured by another's use of any method, act or practice declared unlawful under this chapter may bring an action for damages and for such equitable relief, including an injunction, as the court deems necessary and proper. The plaintiff shall have the right to a jury trial for an action brought under this section. If the court finds for the plaintiff, recovery shall be in the amount of actual damages or $1,000, whichever is greater. If the court finds that the use of the method of competition or the act or practice was a willful or knowing violation of this chapter, it shall award as much as 3 times, but not less than 2 times, such amount. In addition, a prevailing plaintiff shall be awarded the costs of the suit and reasonable attorney's fees, as determined by the court. Any attempted waiver of the right to the damages set forth in this paragraph shall be void and unenforceable. Injunctive relief shall be available to private individuals under this chapter without bond, subject to the discretion of the court.
HB 465-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill gives the right to a jury trial to a plaintiff in private consumer protection cases. The Judicial Branch has no information on the number of additional jury trials that may result from this bill. The Branch indicates 97 consumer protection act cases were brought in the superior court since 2017. The estimated average cost of a single day jury trial is $2,258 in FY 2020 and $2,273 in FY 2021.
The Department of Justice would not be involved in private actions related to jury trials for consumer protection act cases. The Department indicates the bill would have on fiscal impact on its operations.
Judicial Branch and Department of Justice
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Judiciary HJ 3 P. 15|
|Jan. 24, 2019||Public Hearing: 01/24/2019 10:00 am LOB 208|
|March 5, 2019||Executive Session: 03/05/2019 11:00 am LOB 208|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/14/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 15 P. 4|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)|
|March 14, 2019||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/14/2019|
|Jan. 24, 2019||House||Hearing|
|March 5, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 14, 2019||House||Floor Vote|