AG sues swimming pool installer

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday he has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against an in-ground swimming pool installer accused of taking Arkansas homeowners’ money and leaving them with nothing more than an empty hole in their backyards.

The suit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Aquatic Pools LLC, previously located in Gentry, and its owner, Glenn Yates of Stillwell, Okla., alleges that Yates failed to complete the construction of in-ground swimming pools, retaining walls and landscaping as called for in contracts with several Arkansas consumers.

In at least eight instances, homeowners paid Aquatic Pools for pool installations but the company has not completed the projects, often doing nothing more than excavation work, according to McDaniel.

Telephone directory assistance had no listed phone number for Yates on Thursday.

The suit accuses the company and Yates of violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and seeks a judge’s order requiring the defendants to cease practices that violate Arkansas law, pay restitution to affected homeowners, comply with requests from consumers who wish to cancel contracts and stop seeking payments from consumers.

The suit also seeks civil penalties, attorneys’ fees and costs.