Hurricane shutters the subject of Fla. AG's suit

Nick Rees Jul. 26, 2011, 2:14pm


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a lawsuit on Monday against a hurricane shutter company over alleged deceptive and unfair trade practices.

The Hallandale, Fla.-based Rolladen Inc. and Robert Hoffman, its principal, market and sell hurricane shutters and impact windows to Florida consumers. The company allegedly requires substantial upfront deposits and then fails to install the shutters or windows. The company is alleged to have received more than $600,000 in consumer deposits for hurricane shutters that it then failed to deliver or install.

"As Floridians safeguard their homes against hurricanes, they deserve the assurance of knowing that they are doing business with fair and honest companies," Bondi said. "My office will continue to investigate deceptive business practices and protect all of Florida's consumers."

Rolladen, Bondi alleges, requires consumers an upfront payment of between 40 percent and 80 percent of the contracted price for hurricane shutters. The company then promised delivery and installation within six to 12 weeks of the contract date.

Bondi's lawsuit seeks to an order prohibiting Rolladen from the marketing or sale of shutters and windows until installations can be completed in accordance with Florida contractor requirements.

The lawsuit also seeks an immediate freeze on all of the company's assets to maximize refunds for consumers.

Hoffman, in addition to this suit, was arrested last week by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on charges of running an organized scheme to defraud and for unlicensed contracting.

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