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Minnesota roofer to pay $80,000 penalty, remains banned from doing business in Kansas

TOPEKA – (April 15, 2014) – A Minnesota roofing company was ordered to pay an $80,000 penalty and remains barred from doing business in Kansas for violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

In a default judgment entered this month in Shawnee County District Court, Judge Rebecca Crotty ordered Pinnacle Exteriors LLC, Eagan, Minn., to pay the civil penalty. The company was accused of engaging in deceptive and unconscionable practices while selling roofing services door-to-door and of attempting to collect money from consumers for work never performed.

Last month, Crotty entered a restraining order against the company prohibiting it from operating in Kansas for failing to answer an investigative subpoena issued by the attorney general. That injunction remains in place.

The case was investigated by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division. Assistant Attorney General Adrian Serene of Schmidt’s office litigated the case.

“Our office is actively cracking down on these fly-by-night operations,” Schmidt said. “Kansans in need of roof repairs should seek out a reputable, local roofing company that is properly registered with the attorney general’s office, as required by law.”

The Kansas Roofing Registration Act took effect in July 2013 and requires all roofing contractors operating in the State of Kansas to register with the attorney general’s office. More than 700 roofers are currently registered. To check a roofer’s registration, visit www.InYourCornerKansas.org or call (800) 432-2310.