According to a statement, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit against Harrison County contractor, Vision Home Improvements.
According to the statement, Vision Home Improvements had accepted down payments for awnings and other home improvements that were never installed. The statement says that the lawsuit alleges Vision Home Improvements, its operator and two senior assistants of deceiving customers, sanctioning fraud, and being unified in executing a scheme of false promises that involved awnings, windows, fire pits and other projects.
“Our law demands that contractors act in a fair and trustworthy manner,” Attorney General Morrisey said in the statement. “Any conduct to the contrary jeopardizes consumer protection. Our office is committed to ensuring contractors act responsibly and comply with terms set forth in their contracts.”
The statement also states that Morrisey is seeking a temporary court order against Vision Home Improvements. This temporary court order would prohibit Vision Home Improvement and its associates, all based in Clarksburg, from soliciting new business during the course of the state’s litigation, the statement explains.
The statement says that the lawsuit centers on Vision Home Improvement’s marketing of brand-name awnings. It alleges Vision of charging consumers a deposit amounting to 50 percent of the total contract price, after which Vision failed to pay the manufacturer and in many cases did not order the item purchased, all actions that resulted in awnings never being installed.
Additionally, the statement says that the lawsuit alleges Vision Home Improvement did not provide refunds to affected consumers.
The Attorney General is seeking full restitution for the affected customers, a $5,000 penalty for each violation of the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act and full reimbursement to cover costs associated with the state’s investigation and litigation, according to the statement.
According to the statement, Vision Home Improvement, registered as Professional Marketing Group LLC, is listed as a defendant, along with managing member Eric Facemire and fellow members Robert Lott and Victor Cain, all of Clarksburg.
The statement also says that the lawsuit has been filed in Harrison County and charges the company and each of the listed members with unfair and deceptive business practices.
The civil complaint can be read here.