Bryan Cohen Nov. 6, 2013, 6:40pm

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a lawsuit Tuesday against a used car dealership and its owner for allegedly failing to deliver motor vehicle titles to buyers as required by law.

M&E Partners LLC, doing business as Second Chance Auto, and David Ellis Jr., the company's manager, allegedly failed to give titles to consumers for vehicles they bought from the dealership. The lawsuit seeks to reimburse the state's Title Defect Recision Fund.

"Consumers who have problems receiving titles from dealerships can contact the Attorney General's office for help," DeWine said. "In this case, we made payments to help consumers who failed to receive titles, and now we are seeking reimbursement from the business."

Ellis took over the Bridgeport-based Second Chance Auto in October after the death of the dealership's owner. The lawsuit alleges the violations of state law took place under Ellis' watch.

DeWine's office issued $11,803.50 from the Title Defect Recision Fund to resolve complaints from consumers who allegedly failed to receive titles from Second Chance Auto. The lawsuit seeks full reimbursement to the fund and alleges the dealership and Ellis engaged in violations of Ohio's Consumers Sales Practices Act and the Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act.

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