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Ohio attorney general seeks restitution from online gun accessory seller

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against the operator of Storm Lake Tactical, an online seller of gun-related products and accessories. The lawsuit accuses the Westlake-based business of failing to deliver products to consumers.

“Businesses have an obligation to fulfill their promises to consumers,” 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.

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 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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