Cleveland fence company accused of unfair, deceptive sales practices

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A consumer protection lawsuit has been filed against the operators of Budget 1 Fence for unfair and deceptive sales practices, according to a news release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Matthew McMillen and his wife, Stephanie Reed, doing business as Budget 1 Fence in Cleveland, are accused of taking consumers’ money but failing to provide promised services, failing to provide refunds, failing to notify consumers about their cancellation rights, and failing to obtain needed permits, according to the release.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received 15 complaints against Budget 1 Fence. McMillen also owes more than $40,000 in judgments from other court cases in Northeast Ohio, according to the lawsuit, and has operated under other names, including Fence Solutions, Fence Company, Affordable Fence, Empire Fence, Landmark Fence, Budget Fence Company, King Fence, and Lake Erie Fence.

“Our goal is to protect Ohio consumers,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said in the release. “In this case, we found a pattern of problems. We’re seeking reimbursement for affected consumers and an end to the violations.”

The Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, accuses McMillen and Reed of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act. In the lawsuit, the Attorney General seeks an injunction to stop the violations, civil penalties, and restitution for consumers.

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