TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday announced a $130,000 judgment against a Colorado roofing company for allegedly violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
All Trades Construction, also known as Duran Duran Roofing, and Louisa Duran, the company's owner, allegedly took payments from at least six Kansas consumers but failed to perform any work on the roofs of the consumers.
Schmidt also alleged that All Trades Construction and Duran forged a consumer's signature on an insurance proceeds check.
"Taking payment for services that are never performed is unlawful," Schmidt said in a statement. "Consumers should be cautious when dealing with contractors selling their services door-to-door and should remember that under Kansas law they have a three-day right to cancel."
Shawnee County District Court issued a judgment ordering All Trades Construction and Duran to repay a total of $50,954 to Kansas consumers, in addition to an $80,000 civil penalty. The judgment also enjoins All Trades Construction and Duran from future violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Starting July 1, roofing contractors in Kansas will need to register with the Attorney General's Office, pursuant to the Kansas Roofing Registration Act, which was recently approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.