Ohio AG sues Columbus area home improvement contractor

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 26, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a lawsuit on Wednesday against the owner and operator of a Columbus area home improvement contractor that allegedly violated consumer protection laws.

Clifford Duff, the owner of A1 Brick Work, advertised, solicited and offered home improvement services to consumers in the Columbus area. DeWine's office received three consumer complaints about Duff and A1 Brick Work.

Duff allegedly failed to register the business with the Ohio Secretary of State and accepted thousands of dollars in payment for work that was not completed as promised. Duff also allegedly failed to provide consumers with their three-day right to cancel. In the state of Ohio, door-to-door sales contractors must give consumers a three-day right to cancel and cannot begin work until the three-day period is over.

"My office is committed to protecting Ohio families, and we will take action against home-improvement contractors who fail to live up to their obligations to consumers," DeWine said. "Consumers who have encountered deceptive business practices should file a complaint with my office."

DeWine's lawsuit, which was filed in Franklin County, alleged Duff violated the Home Solicitation Sales Act and the Consumer Sales Practices Act. The suit seeks injunctive relief, consumer restitution and civil penalties.

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