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State sues Somerset County log home company

| Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The owner of a Somerset County log home business is accused of taking payments from customers but failing to complete or begin work as scheduled, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by the state Attorney General's Office.

The suit, filed in Somerset County Common Pleas Court, names James R. Latshaw II, Latshaw Enterprises, Smart Energy Systems and Casselman River Log Homes as defendants.

Latshaw owns Latshaw Enterprises and is president of Smart Energy Systems, while his wife, Barbara, is Casselman's president.

Latshaw declined to comment when contacted at home.

In a news release, acting Attorney General Bill Ryan said one Somerset County couple paid Latshaw a deposit exceeding $11,000 for a log home package they never received.

Another customer allegedly paid more than $5,000 for the construction of a pole building garage, but work on the project lasted only one week before it was abandoned.

The suit accuses the defendants of violating the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act.

State prosecutors are seeking to permanently enjoin the defendants from engaging in trade and commerce in Pennsylvania and to pay restitution to customers who suffered losses.

Other customers that might have a complaint about the defendants can contact the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or filing electronically at www.attorneygeneral.gov .

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