Bryan Cohen Jan. 4, 2013, 8:48pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced a lawsuit Thursday against a Bergen County-based home improvement contractor and two related companies for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act.

A Safeway Construction Inc., A Safeway Improvements Inc. and A Safeway Construction LLC allegedly failed to perform contracted-for chimney work, did substandard chimney work creating potentially hazardous conditions, performed substandard gutter cleaning and roofing repairs, and failed to correct the substandard work. The three contractors are now part of an ongoing lawsuit against AAA Reliable Inc. and other related contractors.

"As a result of our ongoing investigation, new companies have been added to our lawsuit," Chiesa said. "We are working to hold these defendants accountable for their continuing deceptive business practices and to obtain restitution for the affected consumers."

Chiesa's office filed a lawsuit in July against the Bergen County-based AAA Reliable Inc. and Old Reliable Construction LLC. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit was Sulejman Lita, the companies' owner. In August, the Division of Consumer Affairs obtained temporary restraints from the court that barred the companies from advertising, selling and/or performing home improvements.

On December 21, the court granted a state request to add the A Safeway companies and Liman Lita, a purported relative of Sulejman Lita, as defendants for allegedly engaging in similar violations to the allegations of AAA Reliable. Chiesa's office alleges that the A Safeway companies were used interchangeably in the advertisement, sale and performance of home improvements and are directly related to AAA Reliable and its principals.

The state alleges that the defendants violated the Contractor Registration Regulations, Contractors' Registration Act, Consumer Fraud Act, Home Improvement Regulations and Advertising Regulations.

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