Friday, June 26, 2015
Jury Awards Consumer Fraud Damages In Conversion Therapy Lawsuit
The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that a New Jersey state trial court jury yesterday awarded treble damages of $72,400 to a total of five plaintiffs who sued a provider of "conversion therapy" under the state's consumer fraud law. The award against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), its founder and a counselor, compensated plaintiffs for fees paid and for mental health counseling needed by one of the plaintiffs. The jury found that claims JONAH could change clients from gay to straight were fraudulent and unconscionable. In coming weeks the judge will also decide whether to cancel JONAH's business license. (See prior related posting.) SPLC's case docket furnishes links to all the pleadings and orders in the case as it proceeded through the court since it was filed in 2012.