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January 25, 2011

ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN FILES SUIT AGAINST MARION HOME REPAIR CONTRACTOR

Injunction Seeks to Shutter Business, Impose Fines and
Bring Restitution to Homeowners

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit in Williamson County Circuit Court against a Marion home repair contractor who solicited but failed to complete the contracted work, in violation of the stateís Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Home Repair and Remodeling Act.

Madiganís lawsuit alleges Phillip Hale sold roofing and other services door-to-door but repeatedly did not complete or even begin the work for homeowners. Hale solicited the work through his companies Above Roofing, Top Quality Roofing and All State Roofing.

Consumers in Jackson, Williamson and Franklin counties reported to Madiganís office losses totaling more than $27,000 due to fraudulent contracts with the defendant.

ďUnscrupulous contractors have a whole host of ways that they will try to convince unsuspecting homeowners to pay for work that they never intend to complete,Ē Attorney General Madigan said. ďThatís why home repair fraud is always among the top complaints my office receives. Itís so important that homeowners are extremely cautious before agreeing to any projects. Ask for estimates from several contractors and be sure to check their references.Ē

Madiganís lawsuit asks the court to prohibit the defendant from working in the home repair trade in Illinois. The suit seeks to cancel Haleís pending contracts and obtain restitution for affected consumers. The lawsuit also seeks to impose on Hale a civil penalty of $50,000, additional penalties of $50,000 for each violation found to be committed with the intent to defraud, as well as $10,000 per violation found to be committed against a person 65 years or older.

Consumers can find tips for finding a reputable contractor by visiting Madiganís website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov, or by calling the Attorney Generalís Consumer Fraud Hotline:

Chicago 1-800-386-5438
Springfield 1-800-243-0618
Carbondale 1-800-243-0607

Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Feltman is handling the case for Madiganís Consumer Fraud Bureau.

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