State files suit against former Valpo bridal store owners

2012-10-23T13:30:00Z 2012-10-23T20:29:07Z State files suit against former Valpo bridal store ownersTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 23, 2012 1:30 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | The Indiana attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a former Valparaiso bridal store.

The lawsuit against Sisters Bridal Inc. accuses the owners of closing after collecting payments upfront, according to a news release.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said the lawsuit was filed against Terry Berntsen and Madeline Reynolds, individually and doing business as Sisters Bridal Inc.

Eight consumers filed complaints with the attorney general’s office after they paid a total of $6,647 for wedding gowns and tuxedos, but never received the merchandise or refunds before the business closed.

According to the lawsuit, Berntsen “has used the defendant corporation for the purpose of misleading and deceiving Indiana consumers” and is in violation of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.

The store, formerly located at 902 Calumet Ave., collected money from customers from January to July of this year and promised the wedding gowns or tuxedos would be finished in a reasonable period of time, according to the attorney general's office. Sisters Bridal closed in August.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction, cancellation of contracts with consumers, consumer restitution, civil penalties and attorney fees.

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