Sports55 reaches consumer settlement after allegedly failing to fulfill youth team orders

Anne Arundel-based sports uniform provider must reimburse consumers

September 25, 2014|By Lorraine Mirabella | The Baltimore Sun

Custom sports uniform provider Sports55 Inc. has reached a settlement with the state over allegations that it failed to fulfill youth team uniform orders or delivered them late, the Maryland Attorney General's office said.

The state Consumer Protection Division reached the settlement with Sports55 and affiliated enterprises Teamuniforms123 LLC and Dyesubsports LLC, all based in Anne Arundel County, and two owners, Kelly Burke and John Eberl, the Attorney General's office said.

"Dozens of adult and youth league teams were left in the lurch when this company failed to promptly deliver the uniforms they ordered and paid for," Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said in a statement.

Representatives of the uniform company could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Sports55 asked for full payment in advance for team uniforms and promised delivery within four to eight weeks. Consumer Protection alleged that the company said it had a no-refund policy and failed to offer refunds for orders that came in late, incorrectly or not at all. Many orders were time-sensitive, planned for recreational leagues, youth sports programs and events.

Consumers will be reimbursed through the settlement, which also protects consumers in the event the company or owners re-enter the business and includes a civil penalty of $100,000, he said.

The company known as sports55 changed its name to Dyesubsports and later to Teamuniforms123, but is no longer in business, the state said. A website for Teamuniforms123 said the company "is no longer taking new orders as we work to complete our back log."

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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