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State seeks restitution from sports league seller

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Mar 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced a lawsuit against Old Skool Sports LLC, of Pataskala, and its owner for failing to deliver league sports memberships it sold to consumers.

“Consumers paid this business for products and services they never received,” Attorney General DeWine said. “In some cases, consumers signed up for a league, showed up for practice, and found that no one was there. These consumers deserve refunds, and in this lawsuit, we are seeking to recover the money owed to them.”  

Old Skool Sports sold memberships for adult and youth league sports, such as flag football, t-ball, cheerleading, or dodge ball. Some consumers complained that they signed up for a league that did not occur and they did not receive refunds. Other consumers said they cancelled their membership but never received a refund.

The Attorney General’s Office is aware of 11 unresolved complaints against the business, with reported losses totaling $1,440, but additional consumers may be affected.

The Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, charges Old Skool Sports and its owner, Christopher Sabatino of Gahanna, with violating Ohio’s 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 encourages consumers to research a business with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau before making any payments.

Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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