Ohio

Who Can You Complain to in Ohio?

Ohio Attorney General
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(800) 282-0515/(614) 466-4986
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers

To file a complaint online, click here, or to report a scam, click here.

Ohio’s Laws

Here’s a snapshot of Ohio’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:

Ohio Revised Code § 4165.02 : Lists a number of practices that are deemed deceptive, including, but not limited to, advertising goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised.

Ohio Revised Code § 1345.02: Prohibits the use of unfair or deceptive acts or practices in connection with a consumer transaction, which includes making false statements and misrepresentations about the good or service at issue.

Possible Penalties

Some of the penalties that fraudulent or deceptive advertisers may suffer in Ohio include:

  • In extreme circumstances, three times the amount of actual damages or $200, whichever is greater, plus up to $5,000 in noneconomic damages (Ohio Revised Code § 1345.09);
  • The cost of reasonable attorney’s fees of the person suing, if that person wins the lawsuit and if the advertiser knowingly broke the law against deceptive advertising (Ohio Revised Code § 1345.09).

Small Claims Court in Ohio

If you’re not trying to recover big bucks, but rather just trying to recoup the money you spent on a product or service after being duped by a false ad, then you might consider filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court.

For general info about filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court, click here.

For info on how to file a Small Claims lawsuit in Ohio, click here.

Researching Consumer Complaints

To obtain copies of complaints consumers have filed against a business, you can send a Freedom of Information request to:

Ohio Attorney General
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

A sample Freedom of Information request can be found here.


**Please note that this page is informational only and does not take the place of legal advice.  Please also note that the above summary is meant to provide a brief look at the laws in Ohio, and not a comprehensive list.**


 

 

 

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The chief law enforcement official in each one of the 50 states; also refers to the person heading the federal government’s Justice Department

A court order that requires a person or company to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act. Example? A court order prohibiting a company from using an ad that’s been deemed deceptive.

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Money awarded to recompense the person suing for intangible or immeasurable injuries, such as pain and suffering.

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