2009 New Jersey Code
TITLE 56 - TRADE NAMES, TRADE-MARKS AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES
56:12
56:12-10 - Guidelines

56:12-10.  Guidelines
    a.  To insure that a consumer contract shall be simple, clear, understandable and easily readable, the following are examples of guidelines that a court, the Attorney General or the Commissioner of Insurance, in regard to contracts of insurance provided for in subsection c. of section 1 of this act (C. 56:12-1c.), may consider in determining whether a consumer contract as a whole complies with this act:

    (1) Cross references that are confusing;

     (2) Sentences that are of greater length than necessary;

     (3) Sentences that contain double negatives and exceptions to exceptions;

     (4) Sentences and sections that are in a confusing or illogical order;

     (5) The use of words with obsolete meanings or words that differ in their legal meaning from their common ordinary meaning;

     (6) Frequent use of Old English and Middle English words and Latin and French phrases.

     b.  The following are examples of guidelines that a court, the Attorney General or the Commissioner of Insurance, in regard to contracts of insurance provided for in subsection c. of section 1 of this act (C. 56:12-1c.), may consider in determining whether the consumer contract as a whole complies with this act:

     (1) Sections shall be logically divided and captioned;

     (2) A table of contents or alphabetical index shall be used for all contracts with more than 3,000 words;

     (3) Conditions and exceptions to the main promise of the agreement shall be  given equal prominence with the main promise, and shall be in at least 10 point  type.

     L.1980, c. 125, s. 10, eff. Oct. 16, 1980.  Amended by L.1981, c. 464, s. 7; L.1982, c. 88, s. 4, eff. July 23, 1982.
 

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