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Lawsuit Bans Furniture Dealer From Doing Business in Florida

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A lawsuit filed by Florida’s Attorney General, against a Jacksonville furniture company, will prohibit the business from operating in Florida.

The lawsuit, filed against Leather Depot, alleges the company is in violation of a prior business litigation settlement and is involved in deceptive business practices.

In April 2006 Leather Depot settled with the Attorney General over complaints from customers that it had failed to deliver furniture within four to six weeks, as promised. The latest lawsuit charges that an additional 20 complaints have been filed against Leather Depot charging that customers who have paid for furniture have not received their orders after months of waiting.

The suit seeks a permanent injunction to prohibit Leather Depot from conducting business dealings in the state of Florida, along with civil penalties of $10,000 per violation for consumers or $15,000 per violation in cases where the consumer is disabled or a senior citizen.