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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Brings Action Against Countryside Meats, LLC, for Deceptive Door-to-Door Sales Practices

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an enforcement action against a Stevens Point company -- Countryside Meats, LLC -- alleging that the company has violated various state consumer protection laws in connection with its door-to-door sales of meat and seafood products.  Countryside, which is owned by Stevens Point resident Elijah A. Milbauer, sells its products in targeted Wisconsin communities.

 

According to the state’s complaint, Countryside’s sales personnel have engaged in a variety of misrepresentations in the course of selling its products, including the price per pound of meat and the type and quality of meat.   The complaint also alleges that Countryside has failed to honor requests for refunds, to which customers are entitled by law.

 

The complaint also alleges that Countryside has violated an Assurance of Compliance in 2008, which addressed similar conduct and which was based on previous complaints about the company.  The state seeks penalties against the company, restitution for injured consumers and recovery of the state’s costs for bringing the action. 

 

Assistant Attorney General John Greene represents the state in the case, which was investigated and referred to the DOJ by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

 

A copy of the complaint is available at the following link:

 

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