Affected consumers are expected to file a priority claim by Monday, September 27, 2021

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an alert today, urging ShrubBucket’s New York clients to immediately file a claim in the company’s ongoing bankruptcy proceedings they owe money for undelivered services or products. ShrubBucket – an Ithaca, New York-based internet company that sells plants, shrubs, and trees – had file bankruptcy on June 18, 2021, but continued to falsely accept deposits from consumers until a week before filing. balance sheet. Consumers who have been affected are encouraged to file a priority claim by Monday, September 27, 2021 for a refund.

“As New Yorkers continue to recover and rebuild from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that businesses meet their obligations to consumers and do not come out of a hole. ‘attacking customers,’ said Attorney General James. “ShrubBucket knew it couldn’t provide service to New Yorkers, but still believed it could cover some of its losses by billing for the products a few days before the company had file bankruptcy. All ShrubBucket customers who have made a purchase but did not receive what was advertised are encouraged to immediately file a priority claim to guarantee their money back. My office is committed to eliminating fraud.

ShrubBucket – which operated from facilities in New York, Ohio, New Jersey and Connecticut – personally delivered products to consumers’ homes at a lower cost than retail stores. The company filed for bankruptcy on June 18, 2021, but continued to accept consumer deposits as recently as a week before it filed for bankruptcy. After receiving several complaints about the company’s practices, the Attorney General’s Office (OAG) opened an investigation. After reviewing ShrubBucket’s bankruptcy filing, the OAG found that more than 2,000 consumers had made down payments in May 2021, but the company had never fulfilled its orders or made a refund.

As ShrubBucket is subject to bankruptcy proceedings, the BVG encourages all affected consumers to file a 507 (a) (7) priority request to guarantee their reimbursement. The deadline for submitting the proofs of claim is this next Monday, September 27, 2021.

If consumers have ever filed proof of claim for products that have been paid for and have never been received, then they should file an unsecured priority claim. Consumers who have previously filed unsecured claims but have not filed a 507 (a) (7) priority claim can change their filing. To modify a request, individuals must check the “yes” box in response to question number 4 and enter their request number (if known) to show that it is a modified request. In addition, they must also enter the amount of the claim in response to question number 7 and check “yes” in the second box (entitled “up to $ 3,025 …”) in response to question number 12 and enter the amount on this line. .

All proof of claim must be completed and mailed to: United States Bankruptcy Court, James M. Hanley Federal Building, 100 South Clinton Street, Room 315, PO Box 7008, Syracuse, NY 13261-7008.