Dancer bill protecting farmers from costly nuisance lawsuits passes Assembly

Dancer bill protecting farmers from costly nuisance lawsuits passes Assembly

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Farmers facing meritless nuisance lawsuits would be able to recover reasonable costs and attorney fees under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and passed by the Assembly on Thursday.

“Complaints over farming operations like noise are increasing as residential development encroaches into traditionally rural farming areas,” Dancer (R-Ocean) explained. “The financial costs of defending against these claims can be very hard on farmers who are already facing tough times, even if the farmer ultimately wins in court. This bill strengthens protections under current law by making sure they can recoup some of their costs.”

Dancer’s bill (A2315) enhances New Jersey’s 1983 Right to Farm Act by providing a recourse for farmers unfairly forced into litigation. The act affirms accepted commercial farming practices do not constitute a public or private nuisance.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Economic Growth Committee for further consideration.