BURZICHELLI, DEANGELO & MORIARTY LOOK TO TIGHTEN RULES ON MAILED REBATES

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats John J. Burzichelli, Wayne P. DeAngelo and Paul D. Moriarty are sponsoring legislation to ensure consumers who are entitled to a manufacturer’s rebate actually receive their check.
The bill (A-1706) would prohibit manufacturers, retailers or third-party rebate clearinghouses from mailing rebate checks to consumers, unless the refund is enclosed in a sealed envelope.
It was approved by the Assembly in June and has now been referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.
“Some rebate refunds or payments have been mailed to customers as little checks attached to post cards,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “Refunds and payments sent in this way could easily be lost or stolen, or even confused for junk mail.
“Requiring checks to be mailed in clearly marked and sealed envelopes will ensure that consumers don’t lose the opportunity to receive their rebate,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden).
“Some manufacturers continue to mail-out rebate checks to consumers in extremely unsafe methods ways that open the system up to fraud and theft,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This is money that deserves to be in consumers’ pockets.