Putnam contractor business being sued by AG

October 6, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Putnam County contractor business is being sued in an effort to stop it from working on future projects after several consumers accused its owner of providing inadequate renovations to their homes.

The lawsuit, filed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, claims Xpert Tile and Hardwood Installation, owned by Chad Akers, violated the state’s consumer protection law by entering into unlawful contracts and failing to complete the work.

The lawsuit alleges Akers failed to begin or complete the work by the date promised, failed to substantially perform his contracted work and failed to notify consumers of their three-day right to cancel.

Akers allegedly failed to respond to inquiries from the Attorney General prior to the lawsuit being filed, so Morrisey is seeking a court order to prohibit Akers for any future home contracting work in any capacity.

Four consumer complaints have been filed against the Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia company, one of who resides in Cabell County.

Three of the consumers allege Akers performed substandard work and failed to complete bathroom projects. Each project was valued at more than $2,500 for a mix of tub, shower, tile, drywall, flooring and backsplash installation.

The fourth complainant, filed by a Mason County resident, alleges substandard work and damage during the course of a kitchen flooring remodeling.

All four complainants face additional expenses to repair, replace and complete Akers’ work.

Morrisey is asking for a $5,000 fine for each violation of the state’s consumer protection law and a judgement equal to the affected consumers’ contracts, plus the costs to fix his alleged inadequate work.

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