Door-to-Door Meat Seller Accused of Violating Ohio Consumer Protection Laws
November 19, 2015 - 11:53 PM
HAMILTON —Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine yesterday announced a
lawsuit against US Beef Cincinnati LLC for misrepresenting its products
and failing to notify consumers of their right to cancel.
“We found that this company aggressively solicited consumers at their
homes and misrepresented the quality of the meat it offered for sale,”
Attorney General DeWine said. “Some consumers spent hundreds of dollars
on meat they later found to be inedible. We’re seeking refunds for
affected consumers and an end to any violations of Ohio’s consumer
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office currently is aware of 22 unresolved
complaints against the company, and reported losses total about $5,300.
Many of the consumers are elderly.
According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in the Butler County
Common Pleas Court, US Beef misrepresented the amount or weight of the
meat products it sold to consumers, failed to honor its guarantees about
the products’ freshness and taste, ignored consumers’ complaints, and
failed to give consumers notice of their right to cancel a door-to-door
The lawsuit accuses US Beef Cincinnati LLC and owner Joey Lightcap
Traum with violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home
Solicitation Sales Act.
Attorney General DeWine offered consumers the following tips for handling door-to-door sales:
Understand your cancellation rights. In Ohio, you generally have three
days to cancel a contract that results from a door-to-door sale. The
seller must notify you about your right to cancel.
Research a company’s reputation before signing a contract or providing
any payment information. Check for complaints on file with the Ohio
Attorney General’s Office and conduct a basic Internet search with the
company’s name and words like “reviews” and “complaints.”
Talk to your neighbors. If a salesperson claims to have sold products
to someone in your neighborhood, ask your neighbors whether the claims
are true and find out about their experiences with the seller.
Get information in writing. Before signing an agreement, ask for
detailed written information about your cancellation rights, the refund
policy, and the payment schedule.
Trust your instincts. If an offer seems too good to be true, or if you feel uncomfortable, don’t sign the agreement.
Consumers who suspect unfair or deceptive practices should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.
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