Information on Ohio's Consumer Laws from Attorney Daniel Myers, Myers Law, LLC, not legal advice
Two Ohio consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. over what they allege to be deceptive, unfair, and illegal conduct in Home Depot’s general contractor program.
The consumers claim that Home Depot performs unlicensed, and non-permitted construction work and general contracting services, and that the retailer takes money from its customers that it is not allowed to take. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Home Depot takes full payment for construction services, promises to do work in compliance with building codes and ordinances, but fails to register as a general contractor, or otherwise obtain required building permits on many jobs.
The consumers allege that “Home Depot has a habit . . . of doing business as a general contractor without obtaining required licensing or obtaining any permits.” The lawsuit states that registration/licensing and permits are important, because without them, “Home Depot’s work goes uninspected. . . . [B]uilding departments do not know what to inspect because they are unaware of the projects. . . . Potential dangers, including electrical or plumbing dangers that could be life-threatening dangers, remain hidden and unnoticed.”
The lawsuit, captioned Hido, et al. v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., Case No. 5:17-cv-01116-BYP, was filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by consumer advocates Daniel Myers & Samantha Vajskop of Myers Law and Joe Condeni of Condeni Law. A link to the lawsuit is included in the case name and at the bottom of this article.
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