Bryan Cohen Jan. 10, 2014, 3:30pm

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced five lawsuits on Wednesday against car dealerships in northeast Ohio that allegedly failed to deliver motor vehicle titles as required by state law.

Auto Bahn, The Car Shack, R&M Auto Service & Sales Inc., Selective Auto Mart and Y-Town Auto Sales allegedly violated Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act by failing to obtain titles in the purchasers' name within the given timeframe. DeWine's office is seeking more than $32,000 in total reimbursements from the dealerships for payments it made to resolve complaints filed by consumers.

Car dealerships are required to provide a title within 30 days of purchase.

"When consumers have trouble receiving a title from a dealership, our goal is to resolve the matter," DeWine said. "Typically, we're able to work with the dealership to reach a resolution, but sometimes to help consumers we will make payments from a fund called the Title Defect Recision Fund. Now we are seeking reimbursement to that fund from these dealerships."

DeWine alleges that Auto Bahn owes the fund $15,854.25, Selective Auto Mart owes the fund $8,510, R&M Auto Service & Sales Inc. owes the fund $3,474, Y-Town Auto Sales owes the fund $2,266.50 and The Car Shack owes the fund $2,048.50.

DeWine's lawsuits seek full reimbursement to the Title Defect Recision Fund, civil penalties and injunctive relief.

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