Bryan Cohen Mar. 11, 2013, 6:24pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit Friday against a St. Louis-based home repair business for allegedly violating Missouri no-call and merchandising practices laws.

After a series of storms in spring 2012, All Seasons Contracting, Carol Richard, the company's owner, and Brandi Sampson, the company's manager, sent salesmen door-to-door offering free inspections and quotes for repairs to homeowners in the St. Louis area.

The defendants allegedly took at least $37,000 in down payments from six homeowners for repairs and said the work would start within a few weeks. Approximately one year later, the defendants refused to start the work or provide refunds.

"Too often we see cases where home-repair businesses require up-front payments, and then fail to do the work," Koster said. "We will continue to pursue these sham home-repair businesses to seek restitution for the customers they cheated and to protect future consumers from being victimized."

All Seasons Contracting also allegedly made dozens of unlawful and unsolicited telemarketing calls to state residents on the no-call list.

The lawsuit seeks full restitution for victims and a court order to prevent defendants from advertising or engaging in home repair services in Missouri. The suit also seeks a fine of up to $5,000 for each illegal telemarketing call made by the defendants.

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