(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a settlement resolving the state’s consumer protection lawsuit against Boise-based Renaissance Consign, LLC, and owner Dale Corson. The settlement requires Corson to pay refunds to consumers and permanently prohibits him from operating a consignment business in Idaho.
Wasden sued the business, also known as Renaissance Furniture Consign, and its owner in December 2018. In the suit, Wasden alleged Corson abandoned his store and two storage units full of customers’ consigned furniture. Wasden also alleged Corson failed to pay customers for furniture he had previously sold. Renaissance Consign employees worked for weeks with the store’s property management company to return the furniture to its owners.
The settlement agreement requires Corson to perform all tasks necessary to legally dissolve Renaissance Consign, which was located at 1507 West Main Street in Boise. He also must properly dispose of all customer and employee records in his possession.
Customers who believe they lost money because of Corson’s business practices should file complaint forms with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division before June 10, 2019. Customers will be required to provide documentation to support their losses. A complaint form is available on the Attorney General’s website. The Consumer Protection Division will review all complaints and notify customers in writing of their restitution eligibility.
In addition to paying restitution, Corson must reimburse the Office of the Attorney General for fees and investigative costs. A $50,000 civil penalty could also be levied later if Corson fails to comply with the settlement.
Ada County District Judge Peter Barton approved the settlement on April 10, 2019.