"Businesses have an obligation to fulfill their promises to consumers," Attorney General DeWine said. "They can't simply take money and then fail to either deliver the goods or provide a refund. In this lawsuit, we are seeking restitution for affected consumers and an end to these practices."
According to the lawsuit, Midwest Retail LLC, which does business as Storm Lake Tactical, sells products related to shooting, reloading, and gunsmithing.
The Attorney General's Office is aware of 14 consumer complaints against the business with reported losses totaling more than $2,900. In their complaints, consumers said they paid the business for products they never received.
The lawsuit, filed in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, charges the business and its owner, Chad Bowerman of Lorain, with failure to deliver, a violation of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.
In the lawsuit, the Attorney General seeks restitution for all affected consumers, an injunction to stop further violations, and civil penalties.
Attorney General DeWine reminds consumers to research businesses' reputations before ordering products or services from them. Consumers can check complaints on file with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau.
Consumers who suspect unfair business practices should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515.