Today Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced that her office has obtained a $1.7M verdict against Westminster-based Mile High Heating & Cooling and its owner and manager for violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.
“The Court’s order requires the defendants to pay $1,500,000.00 in civil penalties, $205,146.00 in consumer restitution and to reimburse the State’s attorney fees and costs. The order permanently enjoins Kevin Dykman, the company’s owner, and Kasey Dykman, the company’s manager, from engaging in any activity related to the sale or installation of furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, air conditioning units or any other type of HVAC equipment.
The Attorney General presented her case at a preliminary injunction hearing in September 2017, followed by a trial in February 2018. Mile High Heating & Cooling had installed approximately one thousand furnaces, hot water heaters and air conditioning units in Colorado consumers’ homes and deliberately failed to obtain building permits. The Court found that the Dykmans’ “antiregulatory belief(s)” had caused injury to the public, leaving hundreds of consumers with a potentially hazardous HVAC installation in their homes.“I am relieved that the court has put these defendants out of the HVAC business for good,” said Attorney General Coffman. “There is absolutely no place in Colorado for businesses that jeopardize the health and safety of consumers, and my office will vigorously prosecute anyone who engages in this type of egregious behavior.”
The Attorney General presented testimony from an elderly woman from Sheridan, who testified that Mile High Heating & Cooling’s technicians installed a furnace in her home and appeared to not know what they were doing. Later that evening, her home filled with carbon monoxide and she was forced to evacuate. Judge McGahey found that the defendants repeatedly deceived consumers by failing to obtain building permits, and by falsely representing that the company’s technicians had the skill level necessary to safely and correctly service and install HVAC equipment.
The Attorney General extends her gratitude to numerous Front Range building departments, including the City of Denver and City of Sheridan building departments, for their assistance with the Attorney General’s investigation.
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