Bryan Cohen Nov. 15, 2013, 6:50pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit on Thursday against a Bloomington-based online used auto parts company for allegedly defrauding consumers out of thousands of dollars.

Madigan filed the lawsuit against Partz Now Inc. and Alan Carter, the company's owner, in McLean County Circuit Court. Since 2009, Carter and Partz Now sold used auto parts to consumers throughout the U.S.

Madigan's suit alleges consumers either never received their orders from or received the wrong part. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges consumers were not given refunds.

"Anyone can set up shop on the Internet," Madigan said. "That's why it's important to ensure you're working with a reputable company. Check to see if any complaints have been filed against the company with my office's Consumer Fraud Bureau or the Better Business Bureau before making any significant purchases."

According to complaints filed with Madigan's office, consumers around the nation allegedly lost at least $13,000 to Carter and Partz Now.

Madigan is requesting the court shut down Partz Now and prohibit Carter from selling auto parts. The lawsuit also seeks to cancel pending contracts with consumers, impose civil penalties on Carter and Partz Now and obtain restitution for affected consumers.

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