In this Consumer Fraud Act action, the Law Division found defendants engaged in an unconscionable commercial practice by filing a criminal complaint against plaintiff as a means of collecting a consumer debt. The parties settled on damages and defendants reserved the right to appeal the summary -judgment decision on liability. A different judge awarded plaintiff six percent of the counsel fees requested and no costs of suit or filing fees. Both parties now appeal.
This court holds defendants bargained away their right to challenge the summary judgment decision and dismisses their appeal pursuant to Winberry v. Salisbury, 5 N.J. 240, 255 (1950). With respect to the award of counsel fees, this court holds the Law Division did not follow the standards established by the Court in Rendine v. Pantzer, 141 N.J. 292, 316-45 (1995) and violated N.J.S.A. 56:8-19 because it failed to award plaintiff costs of suit and filing fees.