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[ATG] AG Zoeller files lawsuit against Tippecanoe Waste Removal, Inc.
Start Date: 1/30/2014 All Day
End Date: 1/30/2014
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit today against Tippecanoe Waste Removal, Inc. for failing to collect residential trash after taking payments from customers.

According to the lawsuit, consumers were asked to make upfront payments during November and December of 2013 for – at minimum – the next three months of trash and recycling pick up. Despite taking payments from customers, the company failed to pick up the trash beginning in late December and then closed its doors in January.

Zoeller filed the lawsuit in Tippecanoe County after his office receive 318 consumer complaints. Consumers who are part of the lawsuit reported losses ranging from $10 to $200 and totaling $15,748. Zoeller said thousands more consumers are likely impacted.

“Many consumers were negatively impacted by this business’ decision to close its doors without notice and not provide refunds,” Zoeller said. “Today’s lawsuit is an example of how my office works every day to protect consumers from deceptive business practices and hold violators accountable.”

Tippecanoe Waste Removal posted a message on its website this month stating the company shut down and claimed all of its accounts would be transferred to a separate company known as Waste Management. The website also stated the new company would honor payments already made to Tippecanoe Waste Removal, but Waste Management did not acquire the accounts.

The company is accused of violating the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and the state seeks a permanent injunction, consumer restitution, civil penalties and investigative costs.

Consumers who made payments to Tippecanoe Waste Removal, but did not receive services can file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-317-232-6330 to request a complaint form.

Zoeller thanked Deputy Attorney General Mark Snodgrass for his work on the case and dedication to the Consumer Protection Division.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: erin.reece@atg.in.gov
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