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Contractor accused of deceptive trade practices in repairs

In New Jersey, when people or entities come to a business agreement, it is possible that there will be disagreements as to how it moves forward and whether the result is what was bargained for. Some businesses can find themselves accused of breach of contract, deceptive trade practices and other problems as part of a contract dispute. With any business dispute, it is integral to have a law firm that understands the perspective of the business owner and can provide protection in any circumstance.

A contractor is facing accusations of having received nearly $350,000 in federal disaster relief funds while working to repair homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The business is alleged to have committed deceptive business practices and done poor work in the repairs. The lawsuit is from the Division of Consumer Affairs. There were multiple complaints lodged. The contractor is accused of walking away from work on a home that was afflicted with damage from the storm as the residence was being raised. The company is accused of committing violations of several laws and state regulations while not completing the work for which it was paid.

Any allegation of business violations can automatically look terrible for a business. That does not necessarily mean they are true. There might have been a misunderstanding as to the job that was contracted for; there could have been issues that were not discussed; or other problems might have arisen from contractual misinterpretation. Being confronted with assertions of business violations will not only cost a business in the short run, but it can do damage to a reputation. Settling the matter or fighting the charges in court is often key to keeping the business and its standing intact.

Although the charges in this case are serious, the business owner might have a legitimate explanation for what is believed to have gone wrong. No matter what, the business must protect itself and its interests by having a law firm that is experienced in defending against breach of contract and other charges. This is true for any business regardless of the industry. Having legal help from the start whether there is litigation or not is a must.

Source: nj.com, "Hurricane Sandy contractor accused of $348K fraud," S.P. Sullivan, Dec. 26, 2017

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