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Press Release

  • Attorney General Beemer announces lawsuit against Montgomery County home builder

    10/6/2016

    HARRISBURG — Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against a Montgomery County-based business that allegedly made misrepresentations to its customers by failing to provide new homes that were weather-resistant. 

    The lawsuit against The Cutler Group, Inc. is the result of an investigation by the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection. 

    The lawsuit alleges that The Cutler Group failed to comply with manufacturers’ recommendations, building codes and accepted industry practices involving the installation of stucco, weather barriers and flashings. The alleged shoddy work led to water infiltration, leaving consumers with significant damages to their homes. 

    "The costs to correct this damage can easily exceed $100,000 per home," Attorney General Beemer said. "It is extremely important for new home builders to adhere to accepted industry practices, which leaves consumers with the peace of mind that their homes have been properly built. We are pursuing this lawsuit, in part, to protect consumers from this conduct in the future."

    The Attorney General's lawsuit seeks a wide range of relief against The Cutler Group, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. The relief requested includes restitution for consumers, civil penalties and a permanent injunction to stop the alleged violations. 

    The Cutler Group also allegedly failed to honor its warranty. In certain instances where The Cutler Group attempted to correct the defect, the correction was also allegedly ineffective in dealing with the problems with the consumers’ homes.

    According to the lawsuit, one consumer experienced leaks around the windows of the home shortly after moving in. The Cutler Group later put caulking around the windows, but it did not fix the problem. The leaks resulted in significant rot, decay and mold. The remediation costs exceeded $120,000 in that instance, the lawsuit alleges.  

    In addition to restitution for consumers, the lawsuit seeks civil penalties of $1,000 for every violation of the Consumer Protection Law and $3,000 for every violation involving a person 60 years old or older. 

    The lawsuit was filed in the Montgomery Court of Common Pleas by Chief Deputy Attorney General Sarah A. E. Frasch, the Director of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  

    Consumers who believe they may have been harmed by this company’s business practices are encouraged to call the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or file a complaint at www.attorneygeneral.gov.

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