Plumbing business to pay more than $27,000 after allegedly violating Georgia law

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 11, 2016

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.

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