Home Remodel Fraud Verdict

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Griffin | Williams LLP recently obtained a verdict on behalf of a homeowner and against a home remodel contractor and its owner for consumer fraud under the Illinois Home Repair And Remodel Act, 815 ILCS 513/1 et seq. Following a two day trial, the Court found that the contractor and its owner failed to lawfully return a down payment following the cancellation of the home remodel contract between the parties. The Court further held that in attempting to keep the down payment, the contractor attempted to charge the homeowner for work never contemplated under the contract or performed as represented by the contractor’s owner. The Court specifically found that the contractor’s owner created a fraudulent invoice which purported to seek … Read More

Odometer Fraud Award

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Griffin | Williams LLP recently obtained an award through the American Arbitration Association on behalf of our client, a car buyer, and against a regional dealership group for odometer fraud under the Federal Odometer Act, 49 U.S.C. §32705. The underlying facts were shocking. The dealership obtained a 2004 car with an odometer reading of 44,240 in 2011. However, the car’s title reflected a mileage of 56,295 in 2008. It seemed that over the course of three years, the car actually lost roughly 12,000 miles! To make matters worse, a Carfax history report obtained by the dealership showed reported mileage of 56,701 in November of 2006, 56,201 in May of 2007 and 15,050 in July of 2007. Despite knowing about these … Read More

Uncertainty Surrounding Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois

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Employers frequently have employees sign non-compete agreements to prevent them from going to work for a competitor. In 2013, the Illinois State Appellate Court for the First District of Illinois issued a decision that seriously questions the enforceability of such agreements in certain situations. The Court’s decision in Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services, 2013 IL App (1st) 120327 (1st Dist. 2013), involved an employee who worked for the subsidiary of an insurance company that was spun off and then acquired by another firm. The employee was terminated as a result of the sale, but then immediately offered a job if he signed an agreement not to work for a competitor for two years after termination of employment. The Court held … Read More