LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Corporate Oversight Division is laying the groundwork for a possible class action lawsuit to protect the interests of consumers against Odd Job Disposal. Inc and its owners, Aaron Walter and Thomas Christensen. The Oakland County-based waste-hauling company closed its doors this spring, leaving nearly 13,000 customers in the lurch.
“Our Consumer Protection Office has received more than 40 complaints against this company since the first of the year,” said Nessel. “We have seen a pattern of behavior from this company that is totally unacceptable: they knew they were closing, but continued to bill customers for their services anyway – and are now failing to make refunds to those customers who had either cancelled their service or are no longer getting service because of Odd Job’s closure.”
The Attorney General’s office issued a notice of intended action May 17th to Christensen and Walter, followed by a request for investigative subpoenas from Oakland County’s 6th Circuit Court. The purpose of the investigation is to gain additional information about the scope and extent of the suspected violations of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act and to gain prompt insights and documentation regarding the assets so that any necessary precautions can be taken to guard against the diversion of proceeds from any sale of those assets.
In addition to Odd Job Disposal owners Christensen and Walter, investigative testimony is being sought from Jessica Christensen and James Leinbach, who identified himself a friend of Walter’s while representing the company at an Orion Township Board meeting in March. The subpoenas were served on Odd Job Disposal and its owners last week.
“While we do not know yet what refunds are due nor do we know the extent or value of available assets,” said Nessel, “our goal is to preserve as much information as possible to protect Michigan residents.”