CSAA, NBFAA and NJBFAA Ask for Industry Help

VIENNA, Va.

A pending court case with the New Jersey Appellate Division has caught the attention of security industry associations.

The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) and New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NJBFAA) are seeking industry-wide financial support for a legal filing related to a recent Camden County, New Jersey case where the court ruled against the alarm company in favor of awarding the plaintiff $4 million for losses incurred during a burglary. The theft consisted of computer equipment stolen from a warehouse.

According to a recent CSAA brief, “The court incorrectly held that exculpatory clauses in alarm contracts, including limitation of liability were unenforceable under New Jersey law. The court also refused to enforce the anti-subrogation provisions of the contract.”

“Our membership should financially support our industry’s collaborative effort to overturn the court’s ruling which has adverse consequences to our entire industry, not merely to companies in New Jersey,” says John Murphy, president of CSAA. “The filing of an amicus brief by CSAA is vitally important to that effort. If the court will accept our application, we will attempt to set out the reasons why a court should reconsider the adverse conclusions related to limitation of liability and certain other public policy matters it has included in its judgment.”

All three organizations (CSAA, NBFAA and NJBFAA) have established a legal defense fund for financial contributions. A contribution form can be downloaded by clicking here or by visiting and clicking in the appropriate link.

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