Don’t Lien on Me: Home Improvement Business Pays for Deceptive Practices

  • An Ohio court entered a final judgment in a case brought by AG Dave Yost against Neil Construction Co., Inc. and its owner for allegedly defrauding customers in violation of state consumer protection laws.
  • According to the Court’s order granting summary judgment, the home improvement business committed unfair deceptive acts and practices including placing liens upon properties for work performed prior to obtaining a permit, failing to obtain required permits prior to commencing work, and including one-sided liquidated damages clauses in contracts.
  • The judgment requires the company and its owner to pay $1.78 million in civil penalties, and also requires the owner to pay $625,873 in restitution to affected customers.