Judgment Announced Against Hart Aero
March 24, 2011 — A consent judgment against Douglas Hart, of Springfield, Missouri, owner of Hart Aero, was announced on March 17 for alleged violations of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said. According to Koster, Hart sold airplanes and light aircraft to consumers nationwide through his website and told consumers he would buy the necessary materials, build the aircraft, and deliver finished aircraft. However, he failed to deliver the completed aircraft, nor did he refund his customers’ money upon their requests.
Under the judgment, Hart was ordered to pay $60,830 in restitution plus $3,000 to reimburse the state for the cost of the investigation and enforcing the Missouri Merchandising Practice Act. The court also issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Hart from violating the Act, from advertising or offering any airplane for sale, and from soliciting or obtaining money for the sale of airplanes.
“Consumers have a right to have full confidence that a company’s ads and sales pitches are honest and accurate,” Koster said. “Businesses that try to profit by deceiving Missouri consumers should understand that the Attorney General’s Office will take action.”