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[ATG] AG Zoeller seeks relief for customers of Tippecanoe Waste Removal, Inc. from bankruptcy court
Start Date: 8/27/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/27/2014
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a second complaint against Tippecanoe Waste Removal, Inc. (TWR), this time in bankruptcy court, in an effort to regain restitution for customers left without service and their payments to the company earlier this year. The attorney general is requesting that the company’s debts owed to consumers for failing to collect residential trash not be discharged by the bankruptcy court.

In January, Zoeller filed a lawsuit against the former Lafayette-based business for failing to collect trash after taking upfront payments from its customers. In May, the owners of TWR, Kurt and Melissa Kanable, filed for bankruptcy protection and listed all consumer debts in their filings.

“The owners of Tippecanoe Waste Removal deliberately deceived consumers, taking payments for trash removal while knowing full well the services would not be provided,” Zoeller said. “This type of deceptive business practice cannot go unpunished, and my office is committed to making every effort to ensure that this money is paid back to Tippecanoe community members who were wrongfully charged.”

According to the lawsuit, hundreds of consumers paid in advance for trash removal from TWR, typically for three months. In many of the 318 consumer complaints Zoeller’s office received, the consumer paid TWR approximately $50.00 in December of 2013 for pickup in January, February and March. TWR failed to pick up trash beginning in late December and closed its doors in January.

Consumers who are part of the lawsuit report losses ranging from $10 to $200 and totaling $15,748. It appears up to five thousand consumers were affected.

Zoeller’s recent complaint in bankruptcy court argues that the Kanables knew, or should have known, they were going out-of-business, but continued to collect consumer payments regardless and used a portion of those payments to pay for personal goods and expenses, such as clothing, video games and student loans.

The complaint asks the bankruptcy court to declare that the consumer debts are not dischargeable, at which time Zoeller will continue to pursue the monies owed to consumers through the Tippecanoe County Superior Court.

TWR is accused of violating the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and the state seeks a permanent injunction, consumer restitution, civil penalties and investigative costs.

Consumers who made payments to Tippecanoe Waste Removal, but did not receive services can file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office by visiting or by calling 1-317-232-6330 to request a complaint form.

Zoeller thanked Deputy Attorney General Mark Snodgrass for his work on the case and dedication to the Consumer Protection Division.
Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317.232.0168
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