CURRAN ORDERS PRINCE GEORGES
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that his Consumer
Protection Division has ordered a Prince Georges County mirror company
to cease its unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its sale
of customized mirrors to consumers. Sterling Mirror of Maryland, Inc.,
6700-A Distribution Drive, Beltsville, and its president, Michael Kaperst,
were found to have violated the Maryland Door-to-Door Sales Act, the Retail
Installment Sales Act and the Consumer Protection Act, and were ordered
to offer restitution payments to more than 400 consumers who may have
been harmed by the companys sales practices.
Currans Consumer Protection Division, and the Administrative Law Judge who heard the case, found that Sterling Mirror violated Maryland law when it denied consumers cancellation rights and refused to refund deposits to consumers who were denied financing and sought to cancel their contracts. It also found that Sterling Mirror deceived consumers in the first place about the availability of financing for their purchases.
"A business may not entice a consumer to enter into a contract by
falsely promising that financing will be available," Attorney General
Curran said. "It is also illegal for a business to deny the consumers
right to cancel the contract and keep the deposit when the promised financing
is not provided."