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Paula T. Dow,
Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Thomas R. Calcagni, Director

 

 

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2011
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Neal Buccino, 973-504-6327
 


Court Grants New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ Application to Freeze NY Chimney Company’s Assets and Impound Its Vehicles, in Lawsuit Alleging Company Deceived Consumers and Performed Shoddy, Dangerous Work

NEWARK – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and the State Division of Consumer Affairs announced that a Judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, in Middlesex County, has ordered a freeze of the assets and impounding of the commercial vehicles of a New York chimney repair company, charged by the Division of Consumer Affairs with deceiving consumers and performing shoddy work that created dangerous conditions in consumers’ homes.

The Division of Consumer Affairs filed the eight-count civil lawsuit on September 28, 2011, against All Care Chimney Corporation, of Levittown and Bethpage, New York, and against Michael Lyon, its sole owner.

The State’s Complaint alleges the defendants used high-pressure, deceptive tactics to frighten and mislead consumers – including several who were elderly or had disabilities – into paying thousands of dollars for repair services they did not need. The Complaint also accuses the defendants of performing shoddy work that created the danger of carbon monoxide leaks in consumers’ homes. In some instances, the company allegedly failed to perform the contracted-for work at all.

“We are very pleased to be putting All Care Chimney out of business and ensuring that no more consumers are harmed pending the disposition of our lawsuit,” Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “To the out-of-state operators who refuse to abide by New Jersey’s consumer protection laws and continue to compromise the safety of our state’s consumers, the lesson is very clear – we will shut you down.”

Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman last Thursday signed an Order granting preliminary injunctive and other relief in the State’s lawsuit against All Care and Lyons.

The Order enjoins the defendants from advertising or selling home improvement contractor services in New Jersey, and requires them to identify the New Jersey consumers to whom they have offered or performed home improvement contractor services since October 3, 2011.

By the Order, Judge Berman also appointed a receiver, at the defendants’ expense, to assume control over the defendants’ assets, and to sell or convey such assets in order to provide restitution for aggrieved New Jersey consumers.

The Order also freezes the defendants’ assets, and empowers the Division of Consumer Affairs to impound and take possession of all commercial and other vehicles used by the defendants in performing home improvement work. The vehicles are to be turned over within seven days.

The Division of Consumer Affairs’ press release, describing the lawsuit against All Care Chimney and Lyon, can be found at
NJConsumerAffairs.com/press/10032011.htm

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website, www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov, or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/NJ-Division-of-Consumer-Affairs/112957465445651, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/outreach/.

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