For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: April 8, 2008
Wasden: Nampa Contractor Banned from Doing Business in Idaho
(Boise) – Nampa contractor JT Enterprises and its owners, Bert Joseph Nash and Tierra A. Nash, were banned from doing business in Idaho by Third District Judge Gordon Petrie, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. The court order issued last week is a result of JT Enterprises’ failure to cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation of the company’s business practices.
In a seven-month period, the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office received 11 complaints against JT Enterprises. The complaints allege the Nashes failed to complete purchased landscaping services, failed to pay subcontractors, which resulted in a lien on the consumers’ properties, damaged consumers’ properties, and provided substandard landscaping services.
Given the seriousness of the complaints, the Consumer Protection Division initiated an investigation of JT Enterprises and the Nashes. “It is unfortunate that the company failed to address these complaints,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Putting someone out of business is always a last resort. However, when a person is suspected of violating Idaho’s consumer protection laws and then refuses to respond to lawfully served requests for information, it requires serious action.”
In December 2007, an Investigative Demand was served on JT Enterprises and the Nashes, requiring them to provide certain information and documentation to the Attorney General. The company never complied.
If a business refuses to respond to an Investigative Demand, the Attorney General can request a court order banning the business from engaging in trade or commerce within Idaho until the Investigative Demand is answered. The Attorney General also is entitled to reimbursement of his fees and costs incurred in obtaining the order.
The order against JT Enterprises and the Nashes requires them to respond to the Investigative Demand by April 18. The company must also reimburse the Attorney General’s Office $495 for his fees and costs. If JT Enterprises violates the court’s order, it may be subjected to contempt proceedings.
Attorney General Wasden encouraged Idahoans who have a complaint against JT Enterprises and the Nashes to obtain a printable complaint form from the Attorney General's Internet site. Consumers may also request a complaint form by calling the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at (208) 334–2424. The toll–free number outside the Boise calling area is (800) 432–3545.
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UPDATE: On April 17, 2008, Bert Joseph Nash and Tierra Nash d/b/a JT Enterprises complied with the Court’s Order Compelling Response and Injunctive and Other Relief. As such, Judge Gordon Petrie dissolved the injunction prohibiting them from doing business in Idaho.