Va. AG files suit against Richmond-area contractor

By Bryan Cohen | Feb 21, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced a lawsuit Wednesday against a Richmond-area contractor and its manager for alleged violations of the Virginia referral-rebate statute and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Cuccinelli received multiple consumer complaints about Old Richmond Exteriors LLC and David W. Isom, the company's manager, through the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau. Old Richmond Exteriors allegedly charged down payments to consumers for construction services when the company had no intention of completing the services.

"We will not tolerate contractors who take advantage of consumers by charging down payments or progress payments while misrepresenting their services or not completing the work," Cuccinelli said. "My office remains committed to protecting Virginia consumers from such deceptive practices."

Old Richmond Exteriors also allegedly entered into written agreements with customers and failed to adhere to the terms and conditions of the agreements, misrepresented the relationship between Isom and his former 1099 employer, misrepresented that it would donate 10 percent of the project cost to the school of the customer's choice and offered an illegal referral rebate program.

Cuccinelli filed the lawsuit in Chesterfield County Circuit Court. The lawsuit requests that the court enjoin Old Richmond Exteriors and Isom from violating consumer protection statutes, require the payment of civil penalties of up to $2,500 per willful violation, award restitution to the affected consumers, and reimburse the state for attorney and court costs.

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