Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Asks Court To Enforce Subpoena Against Thaxton Wholesale Meats, LLC

Updated 2 years ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced  that his Office filed a petition to enforce an investigative subpoena against Thaxton Wholesale Meats, LLC, a Jackson County company that sells wholesale meat and other perishable food products door-to-door.

 
The petition, which was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court, alleges that Thaxton Wholesale Meats, LLC and its owner, Steven Thaxton, failed to comply with a subpoena issued to investigate claims of unscrupulous business practices.
 
“The Attorney General’s Office has a responsibility to take consumer complaints seriously and to investigate companies accused of operating dishonestly,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This company has received a number of complaints through both our office and the Better Business Bureau.”
 
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his Office’s Consumer Protection Division began an investigation into Thaxton Wholesale Meats, LLC after receiving multiple complaints from consumers who said that the company allegedly engaged in a scheme to fraudulently coerce elderly and vulnerable consumers to purchase food products at their homes.
 
Further investigation also showed that Thaxton failed to furnish consumers with notice of their unconditional right to cancel the sale within three business days as required by the Federal Trade Commission rule regarding door-to-door sales.
 
The Attorney General’s Office first issued a subpoena in July 2015 to investigate the full scope of these claims. Since Thaxton failed to comply, the Attorney General’s Office has now filed a petition asking the Court to enforce the original subpoena, requiring the company to produce all requested documents so that the Office can complete a comprehensive investigation into the consumer complaints.
 
“My Office will always take a no nonsense approach when we believe consumers have been unfairly treated in violation of state law,” Morrisey said. “We will take every action necessary to protect hardworking West Virginians.”
 
Consumers who believe they may have been taken advantage of by this or any other business should call the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-368-8808 or the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239. Consumers can also file an online complaint at http://www.wvago.gov.
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