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DACO sues companies for lack of compliance

Consumer Affairs Secretary Edan Rivera Rodríguez, center

By John McPhaul

Consumer Affairs (DACO by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Edan Rivera Rodríguez disclosed on Tuesday “the list of businesses that fail to comply with the [rights of the] consumer” for the month of December.

The secretary said the list includes 22 businesses that have refused to pay despite DACO resolutions that order the payment of certain sums of money to consumers.

“We have remained constant in suing before the Court those businesses that, despite having final decisions against them, refuse to grant the remedies granted to the consumer,” Rivera Rodríguez said in a written statement. “We have seen that the monthly publication of the names of defaulters has served as a deterrent, and the number of businesses that engage in this type of conduct has been reduced.”

He noted that, in the December group, the store that owes the highest amount to a consumer is Empire Auto Corp., with $12,366. The business appears twice on the list; in the second case it is listed for failing to comply with its obligation to submit to the Department of Transportation and Public Works the documentation required for the transfer of a sold vehicle. For this second reason, HVPH Motor Corp./Popular Auto LLC is also listed.

Another business that stands out on the list is Techos y Más Inc., with a debt of $8,399. The company appears twice in the December group, with one lawsuit in San Juan and another in Arecibo. The firm also appeared on the list of lawsuits filed by DACO during November.

As in previous months, the list highlights breaches by contractors. Among others listed are Emmanuel Vázquez Fonseca, with a debt of $5,000, and Juan C. Alers Soto H/N/C K’leb Décor, with $2,200. EFC Solutions LLC/Efrain Fontanez Cruz is listed with a debt of $525, while Mundo Mattress Inc. is listed twice in the December group.

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