Milgram files suit against alleged fraudulent auto chain

Keith Loria Sep. 3, 2009, 3:31pm


NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram has filed a lawsuit against the Brake-O-Rama auto repair chain, alleging that the company's repair shops charged consumers for work that was not performed, among other violations.

Brake-O-Rama, which operates 13 retail locations in New Jersey, allegedly advertised and sold motor vehicle inspection services when its stores were not licensed by the state Motor Vehicle Commission to perform inspections.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge John F. Malone granted the state's request for temporary restraints on Brake-O-Rama.

"Brake-O-Rama broke the public's trust by deceiving consumers about repairs that were paid for but never performed," Milgram said.

"Our investigators found that the company did not even have the equipment to perform some of these services."

The state's five-count complaint also alleges that Brake-O-Rama violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act, Automotive Repair Regulations and the Advertising Regulations.

Some of the things the company is being charged with include charging consumers for automotive repairs not performed, performing faulty repairs and misrepresenting to consumers that certain Brake-O-Rama shops could perform services they didn't have the equipment to perform.

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