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Increased collection effort.

We noticed three lawsuits filed June 3 in Pulaski County Circuit Court by the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board.

Construction-related lawsuits aren't exactly uncommon, especially in the last couple of years as the industry has struggled. But on closer inspection, we noticed these suits originated from violations in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

We wondered why they were only now being filed. Turns out, the ACLB was doing a bit of housecleaning.

Gregory Crow, ACLB administrator, filled us in.

The board holds monthly hearings with contractors alleged to be in violation of licensing law. Most of them pay the fine and move on. Those who don't can expect to be sued, eventually.

"We try to work with people," Crow said. "The ones we end up suing are the ones who ignore us when we're trying to contact them."

The ACLB filed one of the suits against Bomasada Investment Group II LLC of Houston, Texas, which the board found had used unlicensed contractors on The Enclave apartment complex in North Little Rock. Bomasada was fined in November 2008 to the tune of $38,563.

The other two suits also stem from instances of contractors building without proper licenses. They were filed by the Arkansas Residential Building Contractors Committee, which is administered by the ACLB, and, as its name suggests, monitors residential contractor licensing.

In April 2004, the ARBCC fined Tim Roberts' R&R Construction of Beebe $11,460. According to the complaint, Roberts paid $3,200 but still owes $8,260.

In March 2006, the committee fined Gary Shelton's Hillcrest Construction of Little Rock $2,887. Shelton has not paid the fine, according to the complaint.

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Date:Jun 21, 2010
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