On Monday, I filed a lawsuit against a South Florida hurricane shutter company for deceptive and unfair trade practices. The company, Rolladen Inc., markets and sells products such as hurricane shutters and impact windows to Florida consumers. Our lawsuit alleges that the company was requiring excessive deposits up front for their work, and then failing to install the shutters or windows for many of those consumers.
According to the investigation that began in March, Rolladen was requiring deposits up to 40 to 80 percent of the contract price up front for the hurricane shutters and falsely promising delivery and installation within six to 12 weeks of the contract date. Reportedly, Rolladen received more than $600,000 in consumer deposits for hurricane shutters, but in many cases, never delivered or installed the product.
The lawsuit asks the court to prohibit Rolladen from marketing and selling shutters and windows until the company can complete installations in accordance with Florida contractor requirements. We are also asking for an immediate freeze on all assets of the company to maximize refunds to consumers.
This deceptive behavior is extremely disturbing and will not be tolerated. As Floridians safeguard their homes against hurricanes, they deserve the assurance of knowing that they are doing business with fair and honest companies. My office will continue to investigate deceptive business practices and protect all of Florida’s consumers.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office to Prosecute Five in Port Orange for Prescription Drug Trafficking and Related Charges
This week, Attorney General Bondi applauded the Port Orange Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration for arresting five individuals on charges related to prescription drug trafficking. The arrests come at the end of a nearly year-and-a-half-long investigation by the Port Orange Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Attorney General’s Office, State Attorney’s Office 7th Judicial Circuit and the Department of Health. The individuals will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. Read the full release here
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Arrests Assisted Living Facility Owner for Medicaid Fraud
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi announced that a Vero Beach woman is in custody after she allegedly defrauded the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $24,000. Karen Rita Wells, owner and operator of Elders in Touch, Inc., was arrested for fraudulently billing the Florida Medicaid program by claiming that six Medicaid recipients were living at the assisted living facility when they actually were in an independent living environment co-located within the facility. Click here
for the full release.
Upholding the Constitution
Sixth Circuit Health Care Challenge is Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court
The latest news on the challenges occurring around the country to the unconstitutional health care law is that the appeal of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision upholding the law has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Sixth Circuit case, like others pending in federal appellate courts, presents the U.S. Supreme Court with the opportunity to decide the critical issue of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Florida, along with the 25 co-plaintiff states, is awaiting a decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral argument in June. The Florida Attorney General’s Office anticipates our case will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court soon after the 11th Circuit provides their ruling.