February 28th, 2015

$360,000 Settlement With Moving Company

Court SealNew Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has reached a $360,000 Settlement with Moving Max the Fair Lawn Based Moving Company that we highlighted last July.

Under the terms of the Final Consent Judgment that concluded a lawsuit filed in State Superior Court in Bergen County, the owner of Moving Max and the owner’s father, are permanently barred from owning or working in such businesses in New Jersey. In addition, as part of the settlement 18 consumers who complained that their possessions were held until they paid substantially higher moving costs than agreed to, will be reimbursed for their losses.

Consumers who filed complaints with the Division alleged that Moving Max offered artificially low moving estimates, and then once in possession of consumers’ personal property, threatened to hold those items unless a much higher payment was paid immediately and in cash or by money order.

The Division of Consumer Affairs filed suit in July 2014, maintaining in its 10-count complaint that Moving Max, Inc., and both Adam and Oziel Eliad committed multiple violations of the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act and its related regulations, and the Consumer Fraud Act. The Eliads also allegedly violated terms of a February 2007 Final Consent Judgment related to a former moving company they owned.

The full Final Consent Judgment is here (PDF).

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