ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — Aames Heating and Plumbing Inc.,
which does business as the Pink Plumber, and its owner Geoffrey Gillon entered
an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance after allegations of violating the Georgia
Fair Business Practices Act, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has announced.
The Pink Plumber purportedly advertised septic pumping
services for $195 or less, yet actually charged consumers a much higher price.
Additionally, the company allegedly represented that select expensive add-ons
were necessary when the benefits were questionable, the state charged.
“Our office is committed to protecting Georgians from
companies who lure consumers in by advertising deceptively low prices,” Olens
said. “We will not tolerate bait and switch tactics such as these.”
As per the settlement agreement, the Pink Plumber and Gillon
agreed to not allow their technicians to perform services that the state has
not certified them to perform and not misrepresent its services and prices.
Additionally, the company will pay $27,190.14 in consumer restitution and $75,000
in state penalties. If the Pink Plumber fails to comply with all the terms of
the settlement, Georgia will apply an additional $125,000 in penalties.
The Georgia Department of Public Health, Environmental
Health Division assisted in the case.