HAMILTON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed lawsuits Monday against two Fairfield-based car dealerships for allegedly failing to deliver motor vehicle titles as required by state law.
Fairgrove Auto Center, which operated as Route 4 Auto Store, allegedly forced DeWine's office to have to issue $11,492.90 from the Title Defect Recision Fund to resolve consumer complaints against the dealership. DeWine's lawsuit alleges that Fairgrove Auto Center and John Brezinski, the company's owner, engaged in consumer law violations. The suit seeks reimbursement to the Title Defect Recision Fund.
Falcon Auto Sales, which operated as Extreme Imports, allegedly failed to file applications for titles within 30 days of assigning or delivering a vehicle. In some instances, the dealership allegedly caused consumers to wait two to four months prior to receiving their titles. DeWine's lawsuit alleges Falcon Auto Sales and Mohammad Albarbarawi, the company's owner, violated Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act. The lawsuit seeks full consumer restitution.
"Consumers bought vehicles from these dealerships and then waited months for their titles or never received them," DeWine said. "That's not only a bad business practice, it's also a violation of Ohio law. We are filing these lawsuits to recover funds and to prevent future violations."