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COURT AGREEMENT SETTLES COMPLAINTS AGAINST WILKES-BARRE BUSINESS

 COURT AGREEMENT SETTLES COMPLAINTS AGAINST WILKES-BARRE BUSINESS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A Wilkes-Barre, Pa., lighting supply company sent unauthorized shipments of merchandise to businesses and then used illegal tactics to try to collect for the goods, Pennsylvania Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. alleges in an agreement filed today in Luzerne County Common Pleas Court.
 The agreement, an "assurance of voluntary compliance," requires American Lighting & Supply Inc., 186 S. Franklin St., to cease attempts to collect more than $28,000 in purported debts from 34 companies and to pay $500 in penalties and costs to the state.
 The assurance notes that American Lighting sells light bulbs and lighting supplies to businesses nationwide through telephone calls from its Wilkes-Barre office.
 Preate said his office received several complaints from businesses who charged that American Lighting sent merchandise shipments to them that were not properly authorized by the businesses.
 In addition, the businesses claimed that American Lighting threatened to secure "mechanic's liens" against the companies in order to collect on the purported debts, the attorney general said.
 The assurance alleges that American Lighting's actions violated both the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and the Debt Collection Trade Practices Regulations.
 Although not admitting wrongdoing, American Lighting has agreed to treat as "paid in full" 34 disputed accounts amounting to $28,207 and to pay the state a $250 civil penalty and $250 in investigation and court costs.
 The assurance was negotiated and filed by Deputy Attorney General J.P. McGowan, attorney-in-charge of the Scranton office of Preate's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
 The document was signed for American Lighting by its president, Mark Wanko.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office; American Lighting &
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