Ohio AG sues Maumee construction company for 'shoddy work'

Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine

On Monday, Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his office had filed a lawsuit against Barnes Construction Companies, Inc. and its owners Christopher and Christina Barnes. The lawsuit charges the Maumee roofing business with performing shoddy work and failing to deliver services to consumers.

"Consumers who entrust businesses with their hard-earned dollars rightly expect to get what they were promised and what they paid for," said Attorney General DeWine. "By law businesses must honor their agreements with consumers, and my office is committed to making sure they do."

According to the lawsuit, Barnes Construction offered roofing and construction services to consumers in Lucas County. Despite collecting payment for services, the AG's office says the business performed "shoddy work", or in some cases, "did no work at all". One consumer even reported winning a new roof from Barnes Construction through a sweepstakes. The consumer told the AG's office they expected to receive the new roof, but said the "business never delivered the services" and allegedly did not return calls.

The lawsuit charges the business and its owners with multiple violations of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act. Counts include failure to deliver, performing shoddy work, and violating the Prize Rule. In the lawsuit, Attorney General DeWine seeks consumer restitution, injunctive relief, and civil penalties.dates and a breakdown of all costs.

WNWO tried several numbers listed for Barnes Construction Companies, Inc., but none of the numbers listed were in service.