NEWARK, New Jersey — A federal judge says residents at a New Jersey apartment complex gutted by a massive blaze last year didn't prove they should be compensated under the state's Consumer Fraud Act.
The Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1MmzpGn ) this week's ruling is a setback in a lawsuit against developer AvalonBay.
The 240-unit Edgewater building was destroyed by the fast-moving blaze that investigators say was started by an unlicensed plumber using a torch to repair a pipe in the wall.
Judge Jose Linares ruled the plaintiffs in the case fell short of establishing a basis for a consumer fraud claim. Their lawyers have until Dec. 3 to re-plead the fraud claims.
The lawsuit also claims negligence and private nuisance. Those weren't affected by the ruling.
Lawyers in the case couldn't be reached for comment.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey), http://www.northjersey.com