Attorney General: Attorney General, DCP Sue Defunct Bridgeport Headstone Company For Failure To Provide Monuments

Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Press Release

Attorney General, DCP Sue Defunct Bridgeport Headstone Company For Failure To Provide Monuments

April 8, 2008

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today sued Lakeview Monument Co., LLC and its owner for accepting about $50,000 from at least 80 consumers without providing promised headstones or other services.

Blumenthal's action, filed on behalf of Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr., seeks restitution for consumers as well as fines of up $5,000 per violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Lakeview closed in September 2007. Blumenthal's action alleges that no later than April 2007, the company knew it could not fulfill orders, but continued accepting deposits or full payments for headstones and other work.

"Lakeview chiseled consumers, taking cash for headstones the company knew it would never deliver," Blumenthal said. "The company failed to keep its commitments, leaving families who lost loved ones without money or memorials. Even after Lakeview was on its deathbed -- its suppliers refusing to do business -- the company inexplicably, irresponsibly and illegally continued to take payment for work it could not complete.

"I will fight for money back to consumers -- restitution for memorials and service never provided -- as well as stiff, strong fines."

Lakeview required consumers to pay upfront all or some of a memorial's cost. Starting in August 2005, Lakeview failed to provide monuments or other services for which consumers had made full or partial payments. No later than April 2007, the company's financial condition was so bad that it could no longer pay its stone supplies and was in default with numerous creditors, but it continued to accept deposits or full payments, the suit alleges.

Consumers with questions can contact the Attorney General's Office at (860) 808-5400.