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Ohio Targets Contractor, Roofer

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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An Ohio concrete contractor and roofer are facing thousands of dollars in civil penalties for allegedly violating the state’s consumer protection laws.

The two lawsuits, filed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on behalf of the state, were announced June 3 and June 5, respectively.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants unscrupulous contractors to pay restitution to the consumers they victimized.

Hamilton-based contractor Jonathan R. Anderson, 46, d/b/a Anderson & Son Construction, is the target of the first legal action, filed in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.

The second lawsuit, filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, charges Reynoldsburg-based Peak Restoration LLC and its owner, Adam Drzewiecki.

Contractor Scam Alleged

The lawsuit against Anderson alleges three violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act: failure to deliver; performing shoddy work; and violating the Home Solicitation Sales Act, which falls under the consumer sales law.

Anderson offered consumers home improvement services, including concrete installation, within multiple counties in Ohio, according to the complaint. A Youtube video from 2010 says the company provides professional commercial work as well.

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Anderson & Son Construction Inc. provides residential and commercial services to the Cincinnati, OH, area.

Seven consumers filed complaints with the Attorney General’s office or the Better Business Bureau regarding Anderson’s work or lack thereof.

$20K+ in Losses

The consumers said they paid for work that was either not completed or was shoddy. Reported losses totaled more than $20,000, according to the complaint.

Anderson & Son Construction says on its website that it puts “customers’ needs first” and is “always diligent about getting your job done in a timely manner at a price you can be happy with.”

DeWine wants Anderson to reimburse the consumers for their losses.

He also seeks an injunction to halt further violations and civil penalties of $75,000.

Roofer Didn’t Perform, Suit Says

The second case was filed against Peak Restoration and Drzewiecki. The company offers to repair roofs, siding and other exterior components of homes throughout Franklin County and others.

“This roofer encouraged consumers to make insurance claims for home repairs,” DeWine said in a statement. “Then he took the consumers’ money and never began the work.”

The suit alleges two violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act: failure to deliver and a violation of the Home Solicitation Sales Act.

The lawsuit was filed after four consumers filed complaints with the Attorney General that they paid the roofing company thousands of dollars for work that was never completed as promised. Details on the amount of losses alleged were not immediately available.

“These consumers deserve justice,” DeWine said.

The lawsuit seeks restitution for the consumers, an injunction to stop further violations, and $50,000 in civil penalties.

Peak Restoration does not have a website.

Protection Advice

The Attorney General also urged consumers and other professionals working with contractors to:

  • Check contractors’ reputations via the Better Business Bureau and municipal and county court filings. Inquiries may also be directed to states' Attorney General offices.
  • Get several written estimates before making a decision.
  • Get all promises in writing. Make sure the written contract includes a start and end date and itemizes all costs and services.
  • Be wary of a requirement for a large down payment, such as half of the total cost, or a check written directly to an individual rather than the company.

   

Tagged categories: Business management; Contractors; Ethics; Good Technical Practice; Home builders; Insurance; Lawsuits; Residential contractors; Roofing contractors

Comment from Gary Burke, (6/11/2014, 4:15 PM)

Glad to see consumers being protected! getting ripped off is no fun!


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