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Attorney General Hardy Myers today obtained a preliminary injunction against an Oregon moving company and its owner for willfully misrepresenting moving services and charges to consumers from Oregon and seven other states. Named in the Marion County Circuit Court order are Lester Charles Kasprowicz of Milwaukie and We Move For Less, Inc.
The Oregon Department of Justice sued Kasprowicz and his company on December 12 and requested today's "show cause" hearing asking for a preliminary injunction that would stop the defendants from operating until the case is resolved. Justice alleged that the defendants in 13 different transactions misrepresented the quality and cost of their moving services and then held consumers' goods hostage in order to obtain payment amounts substantially greater than the initial estimate provided to consumers.
The lawsuit asks for approximately $8,344 in restitution to 13 consumers, civil penalties of $197,000 and attorney fees. It also seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from providing intrastate (within the state) household moving services in Oregon, using an Oregon phone number or location to provide interstate (from state to state) moving services and providing interstate moving services to consumers moving to or moving from a location in Oregon, regardless of the physical location of the defendant's business.
"Justice and several other state regulatory agencies have unsuccessfully tried to work with Kasprowicz for over a decade," Myers said. "We have a 1991 judgment with the defendant concerning issues similar to the ones we face today. His refusal to cooperate and change the way he conducts business has brought us to today's court action."
Consumers wanting information on intrastate moving of household goods in Oregon or checking to see if a mover is licensed in Oregon may contact Alan Shields of the Oregon Department of Transportation at (503) 378-5985 or online at www.odot.state.or.us/trucking/special/moving.htm.
For information on interstate moving or to file a complaint, consumers may contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at 1-888-368-7238 or online at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/factsfigs/rights.htm.
Check on consumer complaints filed against household movers by calling the Attorney General's consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. Justice is online at www.doj.state.or.us.
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