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New Jersey Legislature Seeks to Preclude Plaintiff Attorneys From Contacting Potential Accident Victims within 90-day Period

The lower House of New Jersey State Legislature passed a bill that precludes police departments from releasing auto accident reports to general public within 90 days from the date of the accident — according to the New Jersey Law Journal.This means that plaintiff attorneys (mostly, solos and small firms) won’t be able to promptly get auto accident victims’ addresses and contact them with advertisement of legal services. On one hand, this is good news because people’s right to be left alone should be respected. But on the other hand, insurance representatives of potential defendants will still be able to contact unrepresented victims directly and push them into low-ball settlements. It appears that the measure will also benefit large plaintiff firms – they have marketing budgets for TV and Google commercials and don’t need to bother with relatively cheap direct solicitation.

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