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Contractor Hit with $6M Judgment

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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NEWARK, NJ--Authorities have obtained a $6.34 million default judgment against a New Jersey contractor and his companies after their conviction on hundreds of consumer-protection violations.

Anthony Angelo Pizza, of Rutherford, and his companies A. Pizza Contracting LLC and AP Building & Construction LLC a/k/a AP Builders & Construction LLC were found guilty of 571 violations of consumer protection laws and regulations, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced June 2.

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Consumers told authorities that Anthony Angelo Pizza and/or his companies failed to perform home-improvement work and/or performed substandard work, despite being paid.

The companies maintained business locations in Clifton and Rutherford, NJ.

Barred from Business

The final default order provides for $585,395 in consumer restitution; $5.7 million in civil penalties; and $39,625 in attorneys’ fees and costs. A lien will be filed against the assets of Pizza and his companies, state officials said.

In addition, the contractor is permanently barred from advertising, offering for sale, selling and/or performing home-improvement work throughout New Jersey, according to the order.

His companies’ business certificates were also permanently cancelled.

‘Headaches and Holes’

The complaint against Pizza and his companies was filed in October 2014.

Consumers told authorities that Pizza and/or his companies had failed to perform home-improvement work and/or had performed substandard work, despite being paid, according to the Attorney General.

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The contractor “hung customers out to dry, leaving them […] with nothing but headaches and holes in their bank accounts,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said at the time of the complaint.

Pizza “hung customers out to dry, leaving them […] with nothing but headaches and holes in their bank accounts,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said at the time of the complaint.

Pizza also allegedly used contracts that failed to include required information such as signatures, descriptions of the work, start and stop dates, and cancellation information.

Registration, Insurance Lacking

AP Building & Construction LLC was never registered as a home-improvement contractor with the State Division of Consumer Affairs, according to the complaint.

Meanwhile, A. Pizza Contracting LLC failed to maintain commercial general liability insurance, the state alleged.

The company also failed to disclose a civil judgment on its annual home-improvement contractor registration renewal application as required, the state alleged.

571 Violations

According to the final order, the court found that Pizza and his companies had committed 571 violations of the Consumer Fraud Act (unconscionable commercial practices, false promises and/or misrepresentations); the Contractors’ Registration Act; the Contractors’ Registration Regulations; and the Home Improvement Regulations.

“Through our efforts, this unscrupulous contractor is banned from owning or operating home improvement companies,” said Hoffman.

“Our focus now will be on identifying assets that we can obtain and liquidate to provide restitution to consumers who did not receive home improvements for which they paid and which Pizza promised to complete.”


Tagged categories: Business management; Business matters; Contractors; Enforcement; Ethics; Good Technical Practice; Government; Home builders; North America; Residential Construction; Residential contractors

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