PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne filed a petition on Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court alleging that a Phoenix-area man violated an 18-year-old court order related to a deceptive home improvement scheme.
Ray E. Bornert allegedly recently targeted seniors citizens at free lunch seminars throughout the state for the marketing of so-called radiant barriers. The barriers are essentially pieces of aluminum foil pressed between pieces of paper that supposedly add insulation to homes. As part of a 1993 consent agreement, Bornert agreed to the court's ruling to ban him from selling or marketing any radiant barrier in the state.
"Nearly two decades ago, Mr. Bornert agreed to put an end to his selling of questionable products," Horne said. "Now it appears he has violated a court order in an attempt to convince a new crop of potential customers to buy his wares. My office is going to ensure that the court order is enforced, thus stopping Mr. Bornert once again and protecting consumers."
Horne's office sued Home Craftsman Company and Bornert, its general manager, in 1993, alleging that the company used misleading demonstrations and high pressure sales tactics to misrepresent the benefits of radiant barriers. Bornert allegedly targeted new customers at seminars in Sun Lakes, Sierra Vista, Sun City and Casa Grande in violation of the 1993 judgment.
Horne is requesting that Bornert appear in court to explain why he should not be found in contempt and that he be ordered to pay the state civil penalties for violating the court order.