ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN ANNOUNCES HOME REPAIR LAWSUITS
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced lawsuits against three central Illinois home repair companies that defrauded customers out of thousands of dollars for work that was substandard or never performed.
In three lawsuits filed in central Illinois, Madigan alleged the companies solicited homeowners for repair work and lawn services and required large, upfront payments – sometimes thousands of dollars – to begin the work. The lawsuits allege that the contractors failed to do much work – if any at all – beyond cashing homeowners’ deposits. With the money in hand, the companies stopped responding to homeowners and refused to provide refunds.
“Homeowners hired these companies and paid thousands of dollars for needed improvements and services but received no services or incomplete work that will cost homeowners more money to have repaired,” Madigan said. “These lawsuits seek to provide restitution to impacted homeowners and put an end to these fraudulent practices.”
Madigan filed lawsuits against the following:
In all three lawsuits Madigan is seeking to permanently ban the companies from advertising or providing home repair or lawn services in Illinois, cancel any pending contracts with homeowners, and obtain restitution for affected residents. The lawsuits also seek to impose civil penalties.
Consumers who need to file complaints can do so on Madigan’s website or by calling her Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-243-0618.
Assistant Attorneys General Philip Heimlich and Justin Tabatabai are handling the lawsuits for Madigan’s Consumer Protection Division.