CONSUMER ALERT!

Consumer Protection Division
(208) 334-2424 or
Toll-free at (800) 432-3545

Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: March 12, 2003

Vista Optical Closes Idaho Stores

Vista Optical has closed its stores throughout the state of Idaho as a result of a bankruptcy filed by Vista Optical in New York. Due to the closures, some Idaho citizens report they have been unable to obtain glasses or other products for which they have paid.

The Attorney General is unable to help consumers directly in recovering their losses in the bankruptcy. He cannot represent individual consumers or provide legal advice concerning any claim in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Consumers owed money or product may have a claim in the bankruptcy. To assist you in filing your claim, here is a link to the "Proof of Claim" form you will need:

http://www.nysb.uscourts.gov/pdf/proofofclaimnew.pdf

If you file a claim, be sure to include this case number: 02-43768

Mail claims to:

US Bankruptcy Court
One Bowling Green
New York, New York 10004-1408

Phone number for the court: (212) 668-2870

The Attorney General encourages complainants with questions related to their claims to consult a private attorney.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has informed us that it is working with the bankruptcy trustee to register consumers who may have been affected by the store closures. Click here to register with the BBB and for additional information.

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