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Terminix Facing Fraud Trial in Cincinnati: Former Attorney General Partners with Campbell Law PC

The Court of Common Pleas set a January trial date for Terminix to face fraud charges relating to their widespread use of an ineffective termite prevention chemical in the late 80’s to early 90’s. Assigned to the case is former AG Marc Dann who decided to partner with Tom Campbell of Campbell Law PC in Birmingham, AL due to his expertise in pest control practices.

The lawsuit alleges that Terminix distributed and used the chemical, known as Pryfon 6, as a termite prevention barrier. By the time the product was used the scientists had already published studies that concluded Pryfon wore off too quickly to be an effective barrier against termites. 

In March, Terminix’s former Vice President of Service testified in a pretrial deposition that Terminix executives decided to take money for termite prevention for homes even when the company knew the termite prevention chemicals they used wore off. This meant that thousands of homes went unprotected.

Ohio regulators investigated the allegations made in the case and found Terminix to be guilty of deceitful practice. If you have your home serviced with Pryfon 6 or had similar problems due to ineffective pest control chemical application, then contact us. We will evaluate your claim free of charge.

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Terminix Loses Effort to Stop 20+ Depositions

Lawyers for Terminix International have appealed to numerous judges and arbitrators to try and stop a week-long round of depositions set in Mobile, Alabama for next week. A team of four lawyers, paralegals and office assistants have been working overtime to prepare for the interrogation of these knowledgeable witnesses. The depositions of current and former Terminix managers and technicians will be used in numerous cases Campbell Law PC is prosecuting against Terminix.

Twenty years ago, Terminix sold additional treatments to protect against the terrifying damages caused by Formosan termites. The termites were spreading and would end up consuming a significant amount of homes along the Coastal Gulf of Mexico. Terminix advertised that responsible families should have additional treatments performed to prevent infestation of these Formosson termites. However, Terminix concealed the fact that “Formosan termite treatments” use the same chemicals in the same manner for control as due regular subterranean termites.

It was also found in the deposition of its former Vice President of Service, Fred Strickland that Terminix had never identified and fixed non-existent, incomplete or worn-off treatments along the Gulf Coast or anywhere else in the country. These Termite treatments that follow government regulations must be replaced when they wear off. Otherwise homes are left exposed to both Formosan and regular subterranean termites. So instead of helping paying customers along the Gulf Coast, they left them unaware and in harm’s way.

Campbell Law PC has numerous cases set for trial in the next few months against Terminix from Ohio to Arkansas to the Gulf Coast involving these company-wide practices. If you think that you have been cheated by Terminix, we want to be reached out to.

Campbell Law PC
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$10,000,000 Fine Issued to Terminix for “Knowingly” Failing to Properly Manage Its Pest Control Operations

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Terminix has been fined $10,000,000 because it “knowingly failed to properly manage their pest control operations”. Rather than causing the regular property damage, Terminix this time caused serious physical injuries to a family of four. The family was staying in the U.S. Virgin Islands in a condo above a unit where a Terminix’s fumigation fell grossly below required standards.

Fumigations are the riskiest service a pest control operator can provide. Fumigation fo requires adhering to rigid standards and careful label instructions. Employees must be properly trained and closely supervised to prevent not only injury to themselves but also to occupants and nearby individuals who could inhale the deadly fumes. 

Terminix is familiar with federal and state prosecutors – having been repeatedly fined and forced to enter into Consent Decrees that require reforming habitually unlawful and deficient business practices.In Alabama, one of these decrees forced Terminix to audit all offices and correct deficient treatments that are designed to create continuous pesticide barriers for termite prevention. Officials concede it never audited most offices and several managers in Alabama have testified that they were never even told that their employer agreed to reforms to escape potentially stiffer punishments. It’s unbelievable that they would act this way in the face of such serious charges. This kind of behavior might explain why Terminix is so familiar with federal and state prosecutors.

Campbell Law PC routinely represents consumers whose homes or commercial properties are damaged by termites. Both victims and current and former employees who would like to assist with efforts to cause changes at Terminix are encouraged to share your information with Campbell Law PC’s five attorneys or para-professional staff members. Properly performed termite prevention service would work almost 100% of the time. Let folks who understand why that is a fact figure out how Terminix failed to protect.

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Termite Company Excuses: “Carpenter Ants”

Scam Alert: It Isn’t Carpenter Ants

Keiron McGowin knows that termite companies will often claim damage or an infestation is from “Carpenter Ants” when it is really termites. If you suspect termites, then you should schedule for an investigation that’s independent of your termite company. This is because they have a built-in reason to claim the problem is something other than the one that they were paid to prevent.

Do not give-in or give up hope if these reasons are being used to leave your family with a costly repair bill for exploration and repair.

Campbell Law PC
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Termite Season is Here – Fighting for You Has Tips

ABC 33/40 Takes Another Look at Termite Companies

Video can be seen here.

From CNN and 20/20 to the Atlanta Journal/Constitution and the ABA Journal, when news outlets want to know what consumers need to do to protect themselves from unscrupulous termite companies, they call Campbell Law PC.

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Moisture Doesn’t Cause Termites

Termite Company Excuse: “Moisture Causes Termites”

Taylor Abbot explains that when companies blame customers for termites by claiming “moisture causes termites” they are fibbing. Any reputable entomologist will tell you that moisture in wood or soil does not cause termites. In fact, the concentrated chemical used to kill termites is diluted with water. The chemicals are mixed with water to distribute the chemical in the right concentrations. If water made the chemical ineffective then it would be used for making the pesticide solution. 

So if your company is claiming that moisture caused the termites in your house, then they are playing games. If they lie to you about this then what else could they be lying about. So as a precaution, you should contact independent council that has experience with and knows the about Termites infestation. 

Your termite company has a built-in reason to claim the problem is something other than the one you paid them to prevent.

Campbell Law PC
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Termite Treatments Should Prevent Damage 100% of the Time if Done Correctly

Homeowners probably have a good claim against their termite company if their property has been infested with termites. For the chemicals used to prevent Termite infestation to be approved for sale to termite companies; testing must show it 100% prevents termites for five years. So if you have termites, you either received a deficient treatment or your company failed to reapply once the pesticide had worn-off. 

Knowledgeable lawyers who handle termite claims should know when the various termiticides wear-off. We know, reach out to us.

Campbell Law PC
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When to Call a Termite Lawyer

When your termite company comes to inspect a termite infestation there is a good chance they will try to deceive you. Instead of notifying them of the situation you should call a lawyer first. They will try to get you to believe they “caught it early.” But if your baseboard is damaged, the odds are there is massive damage inside the surrounding walls, attics and crawlspaces. Termite companies can easily mislead homeowners that only minor damage exists. This is partially because homeowners want to believe that financial ruin is not lurking behind their walls. Too often it is. Instead of notifying them immediately about the situation you should call a lawyer first. Remember to stay focused, document everything, and be skeptical of everything your termite company says. Take none of this advice lightly, your family’s well being could be on the line.

Properly performed termite prevention service would work almost 100% of the time. Let folks who understand why that is a fact figure out how the termite company failed to protect.

Campbell Law PC
Termiteteam@campbelllitigation.com
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Toll free: 877-586-7582

Termite Company Excuses: “Old Damage”

Be skeptical if your termite company says “It is Old Damage, Not Our Responsibility”. This defense is seen by our firm all the time. Keiron McGowin, senior litigator at Campbell Law PC, explains that termite companies almost never succeed on this claim. Unless they convince you that it is true.

If the damage was never disclosed during prior inspections, then you can assume it happened under their watch. Usually, it is because the company never performed the required standard of preventive treatment.

Do not give-in or give up hope if this is the reason being used to leave your family with a costly repair bill. Reach out to us, we evaluate claims for free.

Campbell Law PC
Termiteteam@campbelllitigation.com
Call us today: 205-567-6490
Toll free: 877-586-7582

Introducing the NPMA Field Guide App

This new app puts a valuable resource for pest control companies on mobile devices. The Field Guide contains pictures and drawings that allow your technician to correctly identify over 200 common pests and explains how to treat and prevent them.

Brought to you by the dedicated team at Campbell Law PC.
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