Ohio authorities going after online clothing seller

Attorney general files lawsuit against owner, seeking consumer restitution.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 20, 2014

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against the operator of Sludgefaktory, an online seller of post-apocalyptic gothic clothing, according to the business' website. The lawsuit accuses owner Chaunce A. Dawes of failing to deliver products to consumers.

“Our goal is to recover money for consumers who paid for products they never received,” DeWine said. “We understand that sometimes businesses struggle to fulfill orders, but they can’t just stop communicating while failing to either deliver the products or provide refunds.”

The Attorney General’s Office is aware of 28 consumers who say the business owes them more than $5,750 total for products they never received. Additional consumers may be affected.

According to the lawsuit, Dawes operated http://www.Sludgefaktory.comSludgefaktory from about May 2004 to October 2013. Consumers paid in advance for custom-crafted clothing offered on Sludgefaktory.com. Occasionally, Dawes also used the names “Destruction 101,” “Galactic Sludge Clothing,” “The Faktion,” and “Deadboi_Inc.”

The lawsuit, filed in the Ross County Common Pleas Court, charges Dawes 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.

Consumers who suspect unfair business practices should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

A copy of the lawsuit is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.