State files suit against Anne Arundel Co. uniform company for taking payments, not delivering goods

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJLA) - Maryland's Consumer Protection Division has filed a lawsuit against an Anne Arundel County-based sports uniform manufacturer for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in advance payments from teams to make their uniforms - and then not delivering the goods.

Attorney General Doug Gansler said Wednesday that Sports55 and the company's two owners, Kelly Burke and John Eberl, said the AG's office has received complaints from teams across the nation that say they paid them in advance for uniforms that were either never delivered, were delivered much later than promised, or were incomplete or incorrect compared to what was ordered.

The complaints further allege that Sports55 failed to refund their money.

The charges seek restitution for the consumers harmed by Sports55, which is also tied to the names Teamuniforms123 LLC, Dvesubsports LLC and Sports55 Inc.

ABC affiliate WMAR in Baltimore reported the company changed names from Sports55 to Teamuniforms123 last year after racking up a long list of consumer complaints. The owners claimed the name change came with a promise of new management. But reporter Joce Sterman discovered Teamuniforms123 was also registered to John Eberl, the same co-owner of Sports55.

Sterman reported that Sports55 racked up 28 complaints with the AG's office in 2013, and that the Better Business Bureau had at least 2,400 "inquiries into the company" between December 2012 and December 2013.

A hearing on the charges is scheduled for Oct. 1 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Consumers with complaints against Sports55, Inc., Teamuniforms123, LLC, Dyesubsports, LLC, Kelly Burke, or John Eberl may call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6569; or write to 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; or file a complaint online.

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