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Attorney General files complaint against White Sulphur Springs funeral home

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CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that the Attorney General's Office recently filed a complaint and petition for preliminary and permanent injunction against a White Sulphur Springs funeral home and its director alleging they violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

The complaint alleges that Shanklin Funeral Home and its director, Zivo V. Walkup, engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices by taking consumers' money for headstones, memorials, and other cemetery services, but then never providing them with the goods and services. The complaint was filed in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court.

“West Virginia consumers should know that no matter the size or location of a business, all businesses are held accountable under the Consumer Credit and Protection Act,” Attorney General Morrisey said.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL COMPLAINT

The complaint alleges that Shanklin Funeral Home not only failed to provide the consumers with the services or goods agreed upon in a timely manner but also refused to refund consumers.

The complaint says the State has received at least seven complaints from consumers regarding Shanklin Funeral Home.

The complaint asks a judge to enjoin and restrain Shanklin Funeral Home from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in cemetery goods and services of any kind. It also seeks restitution for consumers who were harmed by the business's alleged practices and seeks civil penalties of $5,000 for each violation of the Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

“Consumers should not have to experience these types of practices from a business with which they entered into contracts with,” Morrisey said. “Our office is always working to protect consumers from unfair business practices, scams, and fraud.”

This lawsuit was filed in Greenbrier County Circuit Court and assigned the case number 14-C-187 (R). A copy of the complaint can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1wDmmJj.

Consumers who believe they have been scammed or taken advantage of by businesses should contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or file a consumer complaint online at www.ago.wv.gov.

http://www.ago.wv.gov/Documents/Complaint%20-%20Shanklin%20Funeral%20Home.pdf
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