TOPEKA – (February 7, 2018) – A Lawrence contractor has been banned from performing roofing services in Kansas and ordered to repay more than $6,000 to a Jefferson County consumer, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
New Era Roofing & Restoration, LLC, formerly d/b/a New Era Roofing, LLC, Lawrence, had been temporarily banned from doing roofing business in Kansas since January, pending the outcome of a lawsuit Schmidt filed accusing the company of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) and Kansas Roofing Registration Act (KRRA). Jefferson County District Judge Gary L. Nafziger last week made the ban permanent after the company failed to respond to the lawsuit. Nafziger also ordered the company to pay $6,852.31 in restitution to a Jefferson County consumer, as well as a civil penalty and the costs of the attorney general’s investigation.
Schmidt had alleged the defendant contracted and received payment from the consumer for roofing services that were never performed. The defendant also failed to maintain its registration as a roofing contractor as required by the Kansas Roofing Registration Act.
Schmidt also announced that his office has settled a lawsuit against a Pittsburg area roofer. In December 2016, Schmidt filed a lawsuit against Frank “Joe” R. Corder, dba FRC Construction, in Bourbon County District Court, alleging the defendant contracted to perform roofing jobs in Bourbon and Crawford counties, received payment for them and never did the work. The defendant also failed to register as required by the Kansas Roofing Registration Act. Corder last week agreed to pay $4,800 in restitution to the consumers, as well as a civil penalty for violating the KCPA and KRRA. He further agreed to comply with these laws in the future, including properly registering as a roofing contractor with the attorney general’s office if he wishes to perform roofing services. Bourbon County District Judge Mark A. Ward approved the consent judgment last week.
Copies of the judgments are available at www.ag.ks.gov/roofer-enforcement.
Schmidt reminded consumers to make sure roofing contractors are properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org to confirm that the roofer’s registration is in good standing.