Bryan Cohen Jan. 6, 2014, 3:53pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a lawsuit on Thursday against an in-ground swimming pool installer who allegedly took advance payments from Arkansas homeowners and failed to complete pool construction projects.

Aquatic Pools LLC and Glenn Yates, the company's owner, allegedly took advance fees from at least eight homeowners to construct in-ground swimming pools, build retaining walls and conduct landscaping. After Aquatic Pools took tens of thousands of dollars in payments, the company allegedly failed to complete the projects.

McDaniel's lawsuit alleges Aquatic Pools and Yates violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

"What homeowners expected to be a spot for recreation and relaxation turned into a safety hazard, as many consumers have lost both their money and the use of their backyards," McDaniel said. "This company and its owner have made excuse after excuse to Arkansas consumers. It seems they are good at keeping other people's money but bad at keeping their own promises."

In several instances, consumers took out home improvement loans to pay for the projects. When the defendants allegedly failed to complete the work, it left some consumers without enough money to pay another installation company to complete the projects.

McDaniel's lawsuit seeks attorneys fees, civil penalties, restitution and costs. The suit also requests that the court order the defendants to cease unlawful business practices and be required to comply with requests to cancel contracts.

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