The Ohio Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit against a Grove City business and its owner, charging consumer law violations.
Attorney General Mike DeWine's office announced July 9 that a suit had been filed against Quality 1st Home Improvements LLC and its owner, Tony Logan, for violations of Ohio's consumer laws.
A news release from the attorney general's office identifies specific counts of failure to deliver, performing shoddy work and failing to give consumers notice of their three-day right to cancel under the state's Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act.
The case was filed with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and has been assigned to Judge Charles Schneider. The defendant has 28 days from when it was served to respond.
"It's still in the process phase," said Dan Tierney, spokesman for DeWine's office. "It's essentially in the pretrial phase."
The lawsuit seeks, according to the news release, restitution for consumers, civil penalties and an injunction to stop further violations.
"That's generally the goal of any consumer litigation," Tierney said.
According to a brief filed by DeWine's office, Logan faces a civil penalty of $25,000 for each separate violation, if he is convicted.
Quality 1st Home Improvements, a home-based business that operates out of 5046 Demorest Drive, offers home improvement services, specifically basement remodeling.
The attorney general's office has two complaints, one filed in January and the other in February, from consumers who said they paid up front to have their basements refinished, but the work was never completed. According to DeWine's office, Logan promised to pay back a total of $16,800 but didn't.
There are also a number of complaints that have been filed with the Better Business Bureau.
Tierney said the schedule of the case depends on whether DeWine's office and the defense can reach a settlement and whether the case goes to trial.
"It all depends on the defense and if it goes to trial," Tierney said. "We would prefer a quicker resolution that would get relief to the consumers. That is the preferable solution."
According to the case docket, Logan has no attorney on record at this time. When contacted by the Grove City Record, he declined to comment, adding that he would have his lawyer call back, but no attorney called the Record on behalf of Logan.
Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515 or visit OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.