Plan to protect consumers from flood-damaged goods weighed in N.J.

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a measure requiring sellers to inform customers if household appliances that have been damaged by flooding.

The bill is intended to prevent those recovering from Hurricane Sandy from being ripped off, said Assemblyman Chris A. Brown, the bill sponsor.

“So many people are still hurting and still trying to move forward with their lives, and they’re in the position that they have to buy new appliances because theirs got ruined in the flood,” said Brown, R-Atlantic. “The least we can do is make sure that unscrupulous sellers are not trying to unload their bad products onto the unsuspecting public.”

Brown said there might be warehouses in New Jersey that sustained flooding and have water-damaged appliances.

The legislation calls for a $2,500 fine for failure to disclose the water damage before a sale and allows the buyer to sue for triple damages.

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