Nolan and Howard Stahl reached the agreement to end a civil case brought by the state Attorney General’s Office.
A pair of northwestern Pennsylvania plumbers have agreed to settle a civil case brought by the state Attorney General’s Office over claims they defrauded customers by recommending unnecessary repairs while working as independent contractors for Roto-Rooter.
The plumbers, Nolan R. Stahl and his father, Howard E. Stahl, will pay $128,000 to end the case, which the Attorney General’s Office started by filing a civil complaint against the Stahls and their businesses in Erie County Court in December 2018. Roto-Rooter was not sued.
The Stahls agreed to pay a total of $128,000, including $72,000 in restitution to customers and $40,000 in civil penalties. A payment of $25,000 will be suspended and will not become due unless the settlement agreement is violated.
The complaint accused Nolan Stahl of misleading several consumers in Erie County, including by showing them a pre-recorded video of defective sewer pipes while representing that the video showed a live view of the consumers’ pipes.
Nolan and Howard Stahl ran Stahl Brothers Plumbing, a company based in Grove City, according to the settlement paperwork. Stahl Brothers Plumbing did business as “Rooter Man,” according to the complaint. The Attorney General’s Office described Nolan Stahl as a resident of Erie County and Howard Stahl as a resident of Allegheny County.
Howard Stahl also ran Pearl…