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Indiana AG files lawsuit against sports memorabilia store

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 7, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit Friday against the Carmel-based Ultimate Sports Collection for allegedly collecting online payments from customers and failing to deliver.

The lawsuit was filed against Brett Lemieux, doing business as Ultimate Sports Connection and Ultimate Athlete Ink. Zoeller's office received 17 complaints from consumers who did not receive any or all of their promised purchases from Lemieux. Customers paid between $13 and $450 for sports memorabilia items for a total of $2,416 paid for items that were allegedly never delivered.

"The attorney general's office works everyday to ensure consumers are treated fairly," Zoeller said. "This lawsuit highlights these worthwhile efforts and it is our hope the affected consumers will receive restitution. Our office appreciates the Central Indiana Better Business Bureau's cooperation by providing consumer complaint information to us in order to gather the necessary evidence needed to pursue this action."

In one instance, a customer received a Peyton Manning autographed jersey and a Gary Brackett autographed mini helmet for $293.95. He expressed concerns over the quality of the items and Lemieux promised the items would be replaced if he mailed them back. After returning the items, the customer allegedly never received the new items or a refund.

The lawsuit alleges that Lemieux engaged in multiple violations of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. Zoeller's office is seeking an injunction against the company from misrepresenting its products and services, civil penalties, consumer restitution and attorney fees.

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