Arizona targets local jet ski rental company for alleged deception

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 5, 2017

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced June 27 that his office has filed a lawsuit against Malows Jet Ski Rentals LLC, and its owner Fariba Badre and manager Mahriar Akbari, for alleged consumer fraud.

According to Brnovich’s office, the defendants utilized misleading advertisements and charged consumers more than advertised. The company purportedly advertised “$65 ALL DAY” jet ski rentals but then charged significantly more – $225 – on Fridays, weekends and holidays. They also purportedly failed to properly disclose that there were additional fees to launch and recover the jet skis. Plus, consumers had to pay for gasoline charges.

Brnovich’s office also says the defendants refused to refund consumer security deposits, charged consumers for rental damages they did not incur, and overcharged consumers for gasoline.

Brnovich’s office filed the lawsuit on behalf of Arizona in Maricopa County Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks the consumer restitution, attorney fees, and a fine of up to $10,000 for each alleged violation of the Consumer Fraud Act. Assistant attorney general Alyse Meislik in the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section is handling the case.

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