Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has filed a lawsuit and is seeking a preliminary injunction against Howard Stahl, of Pearl Plumbing, Inc. (Roto-Rooter), and his son, Nolan Stahl, and his current business: Stahl Brothers Plumbing, Inc. (Rooter Man) for allegedly defrauding Pennsylvania consumers in the course of recommending the unnecessary replacement of sewer pipes.
Nolan Stahl, of Erie County, formerly worked for his father, Howard Stahl, of Allegheny County, as a service technician and supervisor, and currently does business as “Rooter Man” in Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, and Washington counties.
An investigation revealed that while Nolan Stahl worked for his father’s business, Howard Stahl was well aware of consumers’ complaints against his son and other service technicians who were recommending unnecessary repairs. Yet, Howard Stahl continued to demand payment from defrauded consumers, rejected timely efforts to cancel contracts, and failed to take any corrective action against the service technicians allegedly committing the misconduct.
“My Office heard from more than 20 consumers who had been scammed by these defendants, and we followed up on their complaints. Several consumers reported being told their pipes needed to replaced, when in fact, that was unnecessary,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “My Bureau of Consumer Protection is…