Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced that his office has reached a settlement with The Barn at Forestville, a Bucks County wedding and event venue, and its managing members, Lawrence Plummer Jr. and Karen Plummer.
The Barn operated in Furlong as an event venue, and offered related goods and services, without obtaining the required zoning permit. The defendants falsely advertised and misrepresented to consumers that they had the legal ability to hold events, including parties, weddings, and receptions. After a court ruled that the defendants had no such authority to hold events, the defendants had to abruptly cancel numerous consumers’ events.
“The Plummers disregarded the well-being of people preparing for one of the most special days of their lives,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “They vowed to deliver, but operated their business, in violation of the law, and took advantage of couples who were acting in good faith. My office will remain diligent in ensuring companies like The Barn in Pennsylvania do not shed their responsibility to treat customers right and to operate lawfully.”
As part of the settlement, the defendants will pay $11,750 to the Office of Attorney General in civil penalties and costs, and the defendants are prohibited from, among other things, holding and advertising any events for compensation at the venue in question.
Consumers who previously paid for events which were scheduled at The Barn and subsequently canceled by the defendants may be eligible for restitution. In order to be considered for restitution, consumers should file a complaint by Jan. 17, and submit documentation that supports the claim and/or complaint that the defendants accepted and have not refunded advanced payment for an event that was canceled by the defendants.
Consumers who wish to file a claim or complaint with the Bureau of Consumer Protection can do so online. Consumers may contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection with any questions at 800-441-2555 or email@example.com.