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Attorney general files suit against baby furniture store, owner [04/07/2006]
BOSTON (AP) Attorney General Tom Reilly filed a consumer protection lawsuit Friday against a closed baby furniture store chain and its owner, alleging customers who made deposits on furniture have not received deliveries or refunds.

Boston Baby took more than $400,000 in deposits from more than 400 customers in the weeks before closing, but has not delivered, or in some cases ordered, the furniture, according to Reilly. The lawsuit also alleges the stores did not let customers know that the stores were closing or provide customer service afterward.

The customer service number given on the store's answering machine was unanswered Friday.

The suit seeks restitution for customers as well as a permanent injunction and civil penalties under the Consumer Protection Act. It seeks a freeze on the assets of the Boston Baby stores and owner Harvey Slobodkin. Reilly also sought a lien on Slobodkin's home in Canton.

Slobodkin did not immediately return messages left Friday at numbers for Boston Baby, and a current home telephone listing for him could not be found.

Reilly said his office has received hundreds of complaints since Boston Baby closed its retail stores in Newton, Danvers and Braintree on March 24.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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