|Orkin Settles Racketeering with Florida Attorney General|
|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 08 October 2010 16:42|
Orkin Settles Racketeering with Florida Attorney General
In 2004, Florida’s Attorney General opened an investigation of Orkin under criminal and civil racketeering and corrupt practices statutes. The investigation focused upon termite contract orkin issued in the state which it administered under a nationwide system. After nearly four years of investigation, Orkin concluded it should quietly settle the claims, neither Orkin nor the Attorney General’s office issued a press release.
Orkin agreed to pay money to Florida to defray costs of the investigation and to provide free inspections and repair of termite damage where permitting procedures were not followed in the past and change its business practices to ensure future inspections and repairs are done correctly. According to Sandy Copes, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General, despite Orkin’s denial of guilt, the settlement clearly indicates changes were needed and ensures correction of "poor practices by Orkin about which we have extensive evidence." State, Orkin settle termite-actions dispute by investigation was originally prompted by Collier Black’s lawsuit (involving severe termite damage to his Duvall County, Florida home incurred while under Orkin’s Lifetime termite protection contract) which resulted in a 4.6M dollar payment from Orkin.
Campbell law in conjunction with other law first is prosecuting class actions against orkin in federal courts in California and Arkansas. The lawsuits seek class action status and allege that Orkin fails to provide the basic termite protection services it charges for under its contacts. Orkin customers in other states are encourage to call Campbell law if they would like to help. Current and former employees who want to blow the whistle on fraudulent, illegal, or unfair practices are also encourage to call Campbell Law toll free at 877-586-7582. Campbell Law has litigated and tried cases against Orkin for a decade and has thousands of pages of internal Orkin documents available to it in other cases.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 01:18|