Ark. AG files suit against Atlanta business

Keith Loria Aug. 31, 2010, 4:17am


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a lawsuit against an Atlanta-based home repair company that allegedly defrauded dozens of Arkansas homeowners.

McDaniel's complaint, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, alleges that American Shingle and Siding, Inc., and its owner sent sales staff door-to-door in Arkansas to sell roof repairs to homeowners who had suffered storm damage.

Payment was given to the company for repairs, which were allegedly never performed. The company then failed to pay refunds and closed its Little Rock and corporate offices, McDaniel says.

"Arkansas homeowners deserve better treatment than this," McDaniel said.

"This company and its owners have taken advantage of the misfortune of storm damage victims by victimizing these Arkansas residents again. We estimate that more than 100 Arkansas homeowners have turned over insurance proceeds and money out of their own pockets in exchange for the empty promises of American Shingle. Now these homeowners have no resources to repair their roofs and provide shelter for their families."

McDaniel alleges that American Shingle intentionally delayed the start of work on roof repairs by as much as three months following payment by the homeowners' insurance carriers.

After payments were collected from as many as hundreds of Arkansas homeowners, American Shingle closed its business, leaving behind unpaid employees and suppliers as well as disappointed customers, McDaniels alleges.

Based on the 55 complaints that McDaniel's office has received about American Shingle, he estimates that consumers lost between $2,000 and $10,000 each.

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