Switch to ADA Accessible Theme
Close Menu
Ohio Foreclosure Defense & Consumer Law > Blog > Consumer Law > Ohio Used Car Dealership Sued By AG For Failure To Deliver Titles To Customers

Ohio Used Car Dealership Sued By AG For Failure To Deliver Titles To Customers


A used car dealership in Akron, Ohio allegedly violated state consumer protection laws when it failed to deliver the vehicle titles to dozens of car buyers, according to a new lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. According to the lawsuit, Yost’s office received 114 complaints concerning the failure to deliver the titles against Shane Beers and SJ Motorworks.

Yost’s lawsuit was filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court. The suit alleges violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and laws related to vehicle titles. The suit seeks the reimbursement of $71,600 paid to 26 complainants from a special fund that helps used car buyers resolve title problems. In addition, the suit seeks additional money to resolve the remaining complaints.

Yost is asking the court to impose a civil penalty against Beers and prohibit him from operating a used car dealership in the future by revoking his license.

SJ Motorworks has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau, according to its website, which lists several customer complaints posted over the last three years. Almost all of these complaints involve missing vehicle titles. In August, the BBB reported that it was unable to contact the business’s owners and that it appeared that the business operated entirely over Facebook marketplace. The BBB recommended that buyers seek legal representation and file suit against the business.

What is the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act? 

The Ohio Consumer Sales Practice Act prohibits unfair, deceptive, and unconscionable business practices. This includes allegations such as false advertising or failing to deliver goods or services. When an Ohio business violates the Act, the Attorney General can file a lawsuit against the business on behalf of aggrieved consumers. In addition, the consumers themselves can hire an attorney to file a lawsuit on their behalf. Depending on the violation, a consumer may be eligible to recover any money they spent plus an additional $5,000 in noneconomic damages.

I’ve been cheated by a local business, what should I do?

If you have been cheated by an Ohio business, you should find an Ohio consumer fraud attorney who will hold the business accountable for their unfair business practices. At Kohl & Cook Law Firm, LLC, we help Ohio consumers file lawsuits under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act. You are entitled to recover not only any money you spent but also additional damages related to your inconvenience. Our attorneys will help you file suit against the business and recover damages related to your losses.

Talk to an Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act Attorney Today 

The Columbus consumer lawyers at Kohl & Cook Law Firm, LLC represent the interests of Ohio consumers who have been the victim of unfair, deceptive, or unconscionable business practices. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation, and we can begin discussing your next steps to recovering damages right away.



Facebook Twitter LinkedIn