AG files lawsuit against Hanover barn builder

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state attorney general’s office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a York County builder and his company.

Lowell K. Thomas II, owner of the Hanover-based National Barn Company, is accused of accepting thousands of dollars from customers without raising the pole barns he was contracted to build.

The lawsuit filed Monday also alleges Thomas misled customers about when their barns would be built, failed to provide refunds, and did not use contracts that complied with state’s home improvement and consumer protection laws.

The state attorney general’s office said it received 22 complaints about National Barn Company, including 14 from Pennsylvania customers. Thomas and his company also did business in Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

The lawsuit seeks restitution, a permanent ban on home improvement work in Pennsylvania, and civil penalties of $1,000 for each violation of the Consumer Protection Law and $3,000 for each violation involving a consumer 60 years of age or older.

Consumers may file complaints against the company by calling 1-800-441-2555, or submitting an online complaint at www.attorneygeneral.gov.

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