RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a lawsuit in the Fauquier County Circuit Court against Tareq Salahi and two other "related entities" forallegedly not delivering wine tours as promised and not giving refunds for canceled tours.
Cuccinelli announced on Monday that he was suing Salahi, Virginia Wine Tourism, Inc., and Celebration Entertainment Productions, LLC, who are all part of VirginiaWineTour.com. Salahi is the officer and director of Virginia Wine Tourism "the presumed" member and manager of Celebration Entertainment Productions, according to a release from the attorney general's office.
Cuccinelli claims VirginiaWineTour.comviolated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act by "not delivering tours as promised, not providing refunds for tours they canceled, and misrepresenting reputable businesses as 'official partners.'" The attorney general says he learned it was not delivering as promised viathe Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs, the Better Business Bureau and his own investigation.
In his complaint, the attorney general says thatVirginiaWineTour.com's website shows logos of reputable businesses and lists them as official partners, including United Airlines, the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia, and Facebook. He believes many of those are not actually partners with the website.
According to Cuccinelli, the lawsuit requests "that the court enjoin VirginiaWineTour.com from violating the VCPA and that all money acquired from consumers in violation of the law be returned. The suit also seeks civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation of the act."
You can file complaints regarding VirginiaWineTour.com with the Virginia Office of Consumer Affair at 804-786-2042 in the Richmond area, or 800-552-9964 statewide.