TOPEKA – (December 14, 2012) – A Louisiana paving company is prohibited from doing business in Kansas after violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Allied Paving Company and its owner, Morris E. Herrin, agreed to cease operations in Kansas and pay $25,000 in restitution and penalties for violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. The Louisiana-based contractor used a variety of deceptive practices related to sales activities in Kansas, including Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Osage and Morris counties. The case against the company resulted from an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
The defendant was accused of defrauding Kansas consumers while going door-to-door offering to pave driveways and parking lots. The Attorney General’s Office said the pavers did not disclose all of their charges at the time of the sale and failed to advise the consumers of their rights under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Shawnee County District Judge Larry D. Hendricks today approved a consent judgment permanently barring the pavers from conducting business in Kansas.
Attorney General Schmidt reminds Kansans to be wary of door-to-door offers, especially when the salesman is pushing unsolicited home repair services. Consumers should always seek multiple bids and consult reputable, local contractors. Any consumers who feel they may be victims of deceptive or illegitimate business practices are encouraged to file a report with the Attorney General’s office by calling 1-800-432-2310 or visiting www.ag.ks.gov.