Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Business Services
April 13, 2017
Says, ‘These unlawful actions and misrepresentations by this Florida company are wrong and must be stopped’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Florida-based U.S. Business Services LLC for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
“Using what looks like an official government tax notice or notification, U.S. Business Services has managed to convince many unsuspecting Arkansas business owners that they are failing to follow the law and that, for a fee, the company can help,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These unlawful actions and misrepresentations by this Florida company are wrong and must be stopped before more are harmed.”
U.S. Business Services solicits business in Arkansas via direct mailings and offers to prepare and provide, for a $150 fee, corporate consent records in lieu of meeting minutes that fulfill the requirements of Arkansas law. However, U.S. Business Services selectively quotes portions of Arkansas law to convey only those portions that would legitimize the solicitation, and the mailed documents are specifically designed to give the average consumer the impression that it is official in nature and required by a government entity.
To date, the office has received 32 complaints about the business practices of U.S. Business Services, and many others have contacted the office by phone in order to report the scam. Of the 27 consumers who have filed formal complaints, at least three of them paid $150 to the company as the form instructed. After speaking with the Secretary of State’s office, Rutledge learned that it had also received numerous reports, inquiries and complaints regarding U.S. Business Services’ harmful practices.
Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against U.S. Business Services. If consumers in Arkansas have paid U.S. Business Services and have not already contacted the Attorney General’s office, please file a consumer complaint at ArkansasAG.gov.