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AG Derek Schmidt: Oklahoma pavers temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas

Release Date: Feb 01, 2018

TOPEKA – (February 1, 2018) – A group of Oklahoma pavers has been temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed last week alleging violations of consumer protection laws, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Defendants Cherry Cooper, Harry Cooper, Harry Cooper Jr., and Robert Cooper, doing business as A.L. Paving Contractors, Paving Contractors, Asphalt Paving and JJ Paving, all of Spiro, Okla., are accused of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) by soliciting paving services door-to-door, failing to notify consumers of their three-day right to cancel the transaction and cashing their checks prior to the five-day waiting period. The defendants are accused of violating these provisions in transactions with at least 12 consumers in Butler, McPherson, Ottawa and Saline counties. Schmidt is seeking restitution to the consumers as well as civil penalties for violating the KCPA.

Last week, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis entered a temporary restraining order banning the defendants from doing business in Kansas pending the outcome of the lawsuit. In addition, Judge Theis ordered that the defendants' equipment currently located within the State of Kansas be sequestered while the case is pending. The defendants were served with the restraining and sequestration order this week.

The case is in Shawnee County District Court, No. 2018-CV-78. A copy of the attorney general’s lawsuit and temporary restraining order are available at http://bit.ly/2ntz26r. Consumers who may have done business with the defendants are encouraged to file a complaint with the attorney general’s office online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org or by calling (800) 432-2310.

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