Ohio Law Strips Consumer Rights, Protects Big Companies

November 2, 2012 | Crandall & Pera Law
Ohio Law Strips Consumer Rights, Protects Big Companies

Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act has been weakened to allow businesses that have been found guilty of defrauding consumers to dodge penalties, according to The Plain Dealer.

Local legislature all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court have made it easier for corporations to conquer complaining consumers by forcing them into private arbitration.

Mandatory arbitration bars consumers from ever taking  a company to court for unresolved issues; one must plead their case to an arbitrator, usually one that the company picks, instead.

Clauses keeping consumers from having disputes heard by a jury "lurk in the user agreements for your cell phone, credit card, computer, insurance, satellite TV service, student loans, car loans, mom's nursing home, even your dating service," writes Sheryl Harris.

In order to combat these clauses, consumers must be very aware of the ins and outs of every contractual agreement they make. Be sure to read notices companies send about contract changes and opt out of arbitration requirements when possible and speak up to state legislature about getting the Ohio consumer law restored. Read the full details here:

Companies keeping consumers out of courts: Plain Dealing

Steve Crandall, a top-rated medical malpractice attorney throughout Ohio and Kentucky, worries that many of Ohio's citizens are unaware of the rights being slowly stripped away from them by laws protecting big companies and the health care industry.

"These new laws, all passed in open forums, make it more difficult - if not impossible - to have your case heard in a court, or, in addition, cap reasonable damages which would be awarded if a citizen can ever get their case heard in court," says Crandall.

"All too often, people do not realize this until it is too late."

If you have any questions regarding medical malpractice throughout Ohio and Kentucky, contact Steve Crandall. Steve is available to help answer your questions and guide you in determining your next steps.