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Pittsburgh contractor faces suit from state attorney general

| Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

The state attorney general's office said today that a consumer protection lawsuit has been filed against William R. Lacek, a Pittsburgh area contractor with a history of accepting pay for home improvement projects that never were completed or were done in a shoddy manner.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the lawsuit was filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court against Lacek, of 244 Denny Park Road. He ran his business under several names: Bill-Tom-Joe Senior Carpenters, Mike-Bill-Tom as Senior Carpenters or Mike-Bill-Joe as Senior Carpenters, Corbett said.

"Using hand-delivered fliers, Lacek targeted homeowners throughout Allegheny County, including a large number of senior citizens, promising expert remodeling work at discount prices," Corbett said.

Lacek also is accused of using misleading advertisements, failing to tell consumers that they can cancel a contract within three days and failing to register with the attorney general's office. Building contractors are required to register with Corbett's office under a new law that took effect July 1.

Corbett said his office received 47 complaints about Lacek and his Senior Carpenters business, and he also faces private lawsuits and criminal charges in Allegheny County.

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