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Ohio individual, businesses banned from doing business in Kansas

Release Date: Sep 26, 2018

TOPEKA – (September 26, 2018) – An individual and two businesses have been prohibited from doing business in Kansas after being found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Sunil Pahouja, of Galena, Ohio, and $mart Club, LLC, and Aroma Senses, LLC, both of Columbus, Ohio, were permanently enjoined from operating in Kansas in orders issued this week by Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis. Theis entered summary judgments against Pahouja and $mart Club. A default judgment was entered against Aroma Senses after the company failed to respond to the lawsuit. Theis also ordered all the defendants to jointly pay $70,000.00 in civil penalties and ordered Pahouja and $mart Club to pay $8,831.25 in investigative fees.

Schmidt filed the lawsuit against the defendants in September 2017, alleging the defendants violated several provisions of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act during a “liquidation sale” held at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka in June 2015. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants failed to give consumers the required notice of their three-day right to cancel. They also allegedly engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices. The defendants sold items to at least 70 Kansas consumers.

Copies of the judgments are available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.

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