Jury Finds Gay Conversion Therapy Fraudulent

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Following a three-week civil trial, a New Jersey jury took less than three hours to find New Jersey-based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), guilty of fraud. The jury determined that the “gay conversion” services offered by JONAH (formerly known as Jews Offering New Alternatives for Homosexuality) were fraudulent. This case was the first of its kind to challenge conversion therapy under consumer fraud laws.

The plaintiffs in this landmark case were represented by James L. Bromley, Lina Bensman and Thomas Kessler (Cleary Gottlieb); David Dinielli, Scott D. McCoy and Sam Wolfe (Southern Poverty Law Center); and Bruce Greenberg (Lite DePalma Greenberg). The Impact Trial team of Clinton Lam, Mallory Sherman, Mia Pham, Mimi Le, John Christopher, Justin Chauncey and Alison Von Dollen worked closely with the litigation team to provide invaluable trial technology and litigation graphics support throughout the trial.

Ferguson, et al. v. Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, et al., L-5473-12, Superior Court – New Jersey, Hudson County.