Bryan Cohen Jan. 14, 2013, 7:27pm

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against a Cleveland-area transmission seller who allegedly failed to deliver goods or refunds.

Christopher Sydlo and his business, Bear Transmission, offered motor vehicle transmission repairs and parts. Consumers alleged that the business accepted deposits but failed to do the promised work. DeWine's office and the Better Business Bureau received seven complaints from consumers who allegedly lost between $335 and $2,800.

"It's unacceptable for businesses to take consumers' money and fail to deliver the goods or to give refunds," DeWine said. "By filing this lawsuit, our primary goal is to recover money for consumers harmed by this business. We also want to stop the owner from taking advantage of other Ohio consumers."

The lawsuit alleges that Sydlo and Bear Transmission violated Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act by failing to deliver parts and services and failing to refund consumers' money within eight weeks. DeWine's lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties and restitution.

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