Bryan Cohen Sep. 5, 2013, 6:34pm

NEWARK, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Clark Motor Company of Heath and its principals for allegedly failing to deliver motor vehicle titles as required by law.

DeWine alleges Clark Motor Company, and its owners, Phillip Clark Jr., David Clark and Christopher Clark, allegedly failed to provide consumers with titles for the vehicles they bought from the dealership. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement to the state's Title Defect Recision Fund.

"We stepped in to help consumers who failed to receive titles from this dealership, and now we are seeking reimbursement from the dealership," DeWine said. "Dealerships have a responsibility to deliver titles to consumers and when they don't, we will take action to help consumers and to hold dealerships accountable."

DeWine's office issued $94,345 from the Title Defect Recision Fund to resolve complaints from consumers at Clark Motor Company, which closed in early 2013. The lawsuit seeks full reimbursement to the fund and alleges the dealership and the Clark Brothers violated Ohio's Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act.

The Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act requires motor vehicle sellers to file applications for certificates of title within 30 days of the assignment or delivery of motor vehicles and obtain certificates of title on or before the 40th day of sale.

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