2015 News Releases

AG Schmidt sues Topeka lawn service for deceptive practices

Release Date: Oct 23, 2015

TOPEKA – (October 23, 2015) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against two individuals for violating Kansas consumer protection laws while engaging in door-to-door sales of home improvement services in Topeka.

The attorney general filed suit in Shawnee County District Court against Travis D. Kaiser, doing business as T’s Lawn Service, and Darrell Oliver, both of Topeka. The two are accused of soliciting at least four Topeka senior citizens for home improvement services, including lawn care, fence installation and repairs, carpet installation, tile installation and tree trimming. The attorney general alleges the defendants did not present the consumers with a contract or invoice detailing the agreed charges for the services and failed to provide the consumers with written and oral notice of their three-day right to cancel the transaction. The defendants also allegedly cashed checks received from consumers before waiting the required five business days.

District Judge Rebecca Crotty entered a temporary restraining order against Kaiser and Oliver prohibiting them from doing business in the State of Kansas pending the outcome of the case. The attorney general is seeking $78,379.89 restitution for the four consumers. The judge also granted the attorney general’s motion to seize vehicles and equipment owned by the defendants as part of the investigative process.

Any Kansas consumers who may have done business with these individuals are asked to contact the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 432-2310 or online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

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