Ohio GOP Rewards Business Fraud By Screwing Consumers


Under Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) leadership, the state seems to be in a race to the bottom. The latest evidence: HB 275.

HB 275 Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and is now, thanks the the governor’s leadership, among the weakest in the country. Under the bill Gov. Kasich and Republican lawmakers granted companies that defraud Ohioans a “right to cure” which allows businesses sued for cheating a customer the right to offer the victim his or her money back and a nominal amount–capped at $2500–toward attorneys’ fees in exchange for dismissing the lawsuit.

If a consumer rejects the offer and is later awarded even a dollar less than the business offered by a jury, that wronged consumer loses the right to ask for triple damages, a standard damages provision in almost every consumer protection bill that is designed to discourage corporate misconduct. Additionally the consumer forfeits the right to ask that the offender pay court costs an attorneys’ fees, also routine penalties a judge can impose if the company’s behavior was egregious.

The bill is not just bad for consumers, its bad for businesses that want to conduct themselves honorably since their competitors who engage in bait-and-switch and other unfair tactics no longer face an economic penalty for cheating.

Add this to the list of insults flung on the middle class by Republicans in Ohio. Can citizens of that state really afford to keep the right in power?


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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

It just goes on and on, doesn't it! I'm getting depressed with this collection of news stories -- actually, I'm depressed that repubs care so little for ordinary people/workers, who make their products, make their profits, that they are trying to change EVERY law to benefit companies. What they can't imagine, in their short-sighted view, is that you can't run a successful country with only executives. You NEED a middle class. As the gulf grows b/w rich and poor, you will see REAL tea partiers, fed up with kings (CEOs) imposing their might on their subjects. This was the reason this country declared its independence from George, and it could well happen again -- revolution.

Larry Cormier
Larry Cormier5 years ago

I'm sorry. I can't voice a complaint here. I'm from Maine and actually was fooled into voting for LePage! Not again though. But not in time to stop the damage being done!!

James R.
James Rubner5 years ago

Years ago companies change from Personnel Office to Human Resources, thus relegating people to parts. Now Ohio has moved the bar lower for consumers. Eventually we may have them calling us Soylant Green.

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

People have been downgraded to consumers and consumers have been downgraded to livestock.

Nelson Baker
Nelson Baker5 years ago

I am from Ohio and this doesn't surprise me. With the Republicans in control the average person is at the bottom of the heap.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones5 years ago

This is just one more example of how the Teapublican rule will be if they get the presidency in addition to keeping the House. Is this what we want, America? Not me. For the first time in my life, I'm voting a straight Democratic ticket this year.

Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

Dont suprise me there is no ethics left in this world. when people continue to polute and distroy their own childrens future you know their is no hope. Sad thing is they probably wont be around to watch their children and grand children die of thurst. Easter island was a worning about sustainability and all we can think about are the pretty rocks they carved. Where we are building magnificant towering refineries.

Ellyn L.
Ellen L5 years ago

Ohio has joined Wisconsin and others in the race to the bottom of the moral plane. Voters must stand up, take notice and vote this guy out or simply recall him.

Christine C.
Chandra C5 years ago

The majority voted for him.

Gail Bargerstock
Gail Bargerstock5 years ago

I, too, live in Ohio, the state that gives the world Kasuck and Boner. The only question about Kasuck is "How much lower will Kasick go to damage the lives and livelihoods of Ohioans?" I'd say that based on his past performance, he could go lower than whale dung and still have ideas of how to fatten himself and his cronies while starving us.