Because none of the rain is running through the gutters, Van Prooien said, she has to clear water buildup on her front and back steps to prevent icing in the winter. And, she said, the rushing water has damaged the grout on her stone walkway.
Van Prooien, and later, her attorney, spent the better part of a year trying to contact the N.J. company and its parent company at its Ohio headquarters by telephone and certified mail, documents show, but no one responded.
So Van Prooien filed suit in Morris County Superior Court, accusing LeafFilter of violating nine provisions of the Consumer Fraud Act.
The company never showed up to defend itself, so Van Prooien won a default judgment that included treble damages and attorney’s fees worth $18,545.34