A local contractor with two Galion mailing addresses in northern Morrow County who was sued last week by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he wants to work with the state to make things right.
The suit accuses BL Concrete Construction LLC and its owner Larry M. Hurst of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office reported five unresolved complaints against the business with reported losses totaling more than $23,000.
Hurst said Thursday that he still hasn’t been served with the lawsuit, but is preparing documents and materials in anticipation of a court date in Columbus.
“I’m willing to rectify the situation,” he said.
Hurst said he’s been backed up with work since the extra rain from earlier this summer.
“I’m a small contractor,” he said, adding that he has been threatened over the matter.
The Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, accuses the business and its owner of failing to deliver promised services, performing shoddy and substandard work, engaging in a consumer transaction while having an unsatisfied judgment with another consumer, and failing to give consumers proper notice of their three-day right to cancel a door-to-door sale.
In the lawsuit, the Attorney General seeks consumer restitution, an injunction to stop consumer law violations, and civil penalties.
“We are seeking refunds for affected consumers and an end to any unfair or deceptive practices committed by this contractor,” DeWine said last week. “Any other consumers who have had a problem with this or another home improvement contractor should contact my office.”
Hurst said he wasn’t able to attend a scheduled meeting earlier this week at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office due to work he needed to do for a client.