Dow sues paving company

Keith Loria May 19, 2010, 1:00pm


NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow has brought charges against a South Jersey paving company over allegedly fraudulent and dishonest business practices.

Dow filed the suit against Williams Asphalt Materials, LLC -- also known as Williams Asphalt Paving, Williams Asphalt Paving & Excavating, Williams Paving & Excavating, Williams Paving and/or Williams Paving Asphalt Contracting -- for allegedly violating several state laws, including the Consumer Fraud Act and the Contractors' Registration Act.

The complaint says that the paving company unlawfully went to homes and offered discounted paving jobs, claiming they had leftover material from a job in the area. The work was often shoddy and the defendant did not respond to repair or warranty calls from its alleged victims, Dow says.

"Customers typically paid thousands of dollars to have their driveways paved, and soon experienced cracking, disintegration or formation of holes," Dow said.

"We're seeking restitution for these consumers, assessment of civil penalties against the defendant and defendant's adherence to our consumer protection laws and regulations."

Other alleged violations include the use of incomplete cancellation language in contracts, failure to have contracts signed correctly and failure to have the proper business information on home improvements contracts.

They also are charged with misrepresenting that their products and materials were of proper size, capacity or character to withstand the weight and traction of motor vehicles.

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