The District government filed papers yesterday charging a Northwest furniture store and its owners with repeated violations of a 1978 court order requiring them to meet city merchandising and credit regulations.
The store, Foam Furniture Fair Inc., of 807 7th St. NW, and its partowner, Jesse A. Borza, were charged with at least 23 separate violations of the decree in a contempt motion filed by the city's Corporation Counsel.
The frequency and pattern of violations demonstrates Mr. Borza's intent to make a mockery of the courts orders," the city government said, in a motion signed by Corporations Counsel Judith Rogers and Assistant Corporation Counsel Richard Wise.
"Mr. Borza's conduct is not only thwarting the enforcement of consumer protection laws in the District of Columbia, but he is injuring scores of customers in the process," the city attorney said.
The filing in Superior Court claimed that Foam Furniture, which was previously known as Flair Furniture, refused to return required refunds to many customers, who submitted affidavits about the stores' practices.
Other affidavits said that furniture delovered by the store was defective. The store refused to repair adequately the merchandise bought by Gracie L. Reardon, she said in one affidavit.
Other consumers complained in affidavits that the store refused to provide written descriptions of their layaway policy or policy regarding resolution of customer complaints, as required under the agreement with the city.
Borza, another partner in the store and their attorneys could not be reached for comment yesterday. A salesman in the store said that Borza and other store management officials were "out of town."
The court's consent order, signed Dec. 18, 1978, calls on Foam Furniture to comply with provisions of the District's Consumer Retail Credit Regulation. The purpose of that city statue is to force merchants to disclose their credit policies.
Not only did the Corporation Counsel charge the store with failing to disclose its practices to consumers, but the city government also charged that the store failed to register its credit policies properly with the city government.
The consent order included a provision requiring the store not to sell defective products, another charge levied by city officials.
In another instance, the city charged that the store's personnel exerted "pressure" on at least one customer to buy furniture "other than what she had orginally ordered instead of taking a refund of her deposit."
Finally, the complaint said that Borza has failed to pay more than $2,000 that, under the terms of consent agreement, customers were entitled to.