COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a $19,823.54 agreement Wednesday with a South Carolina-based vacation company to resolve allegations of consumer law violations.
The Landrum, S.C.-based International Vacation Services LLC advertised and sold discounted travel packages to Ohioans. The company mailed solicitations to consumers telling them they won a free trip or prize and invited them to sales presentations at local hotels. International Vacation Service allegedly failed to disclose that consumers were required to listen to the sales presentation to receive the prize. The company also allegedly failed to give consumers notice of a three-day right to cancel under the terms of the state's Home Solicitation Sales Act.
"Ohioans should remember that if it sounds too good to be true - it probably is - and to exercise caution when responding to offers that they have a 'won' a free prize or trip," DeWine said. "We are glad that consumers in this case will receive the restitution they deserve."
Under the terms of an assurance of voluntary compliance, International Vacation Services will pay $14,823.54 in consumer restitution and $5,000 in costs. The company will pay the restitution and costs incrementally as part of a payment plan.