TOPEKA – (January 6, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has sued an Iowa-based door-to-door meat sales company for violations of consumer protection laws in Kansas.
The attorney general filed suit in Shawnee County District Court against Christopher Maselka, and individual, and Iowa Steak Company, LLC, a/k/a Iowa Steak Company, a/k/a Iowa Steak. The company is an Iowa limited liability corporation owned by Mr. Maselka whose salesmen go door-to-door selling meat products. The allegations include two violations of the Kansas Food Advertising and Sales Practices Act and five violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Mr. Maselka was previously prohibited from engaging in such business practices in Kansas by a 1998 court order for committing similar violations. At that time, the defendant was operating with a co-defendant, Rodney Y. Creighton, and doing business under the name America’s Choice Steak.
Schmidt reminded consumers that under Kansas law, any door-to-door sale must include a three-day right to cancel, and the salesperson must inform the consumer of this right both verbally and in writing at the time of the sale. The salesperson must also wait at least five business days to cash the consumer’s check. Anyone selling meat in Kansas is also required to have a retail meat license from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Iowa Steak salesmen were recently spotted making sales in the Overland Park and Lawrence areas. To report an unlawful door-to-door sale or to report contact with this individual or company, call the attorney general’s consumer protection division at (800) 432-2310 or file a complaint online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org .