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November 30, 2016

N.J. Lawyer Is His Own Lead Plaintiff in 100 Consumer Class Actions

Reuter’s Alison Frankel muses as to whether New Jersey lawyer Harold Hoffman is a “too-clever-by-half litigator exploiting New Jersey fraud law for his own selfish purposes” for filing “no fewer than 100” consumer fraud class actions between 2011 and 2014.

According to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hoffman is “a serial pro se class action litigant” with a “habit of filing class actions in which he serves as both the sole class representative and sole class counsel,” naming an array of defendants from Target and Whole Foods to small businesses like Joint Juice.  

U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton of Newark said Hoffman was “playing a thinly veiled game of forum shopping” and that “such tactics reek of gamesmanship.”

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