Articles Posted in Supreme Court of Ohio

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Consumer, an Ohio resident, defaulted on credit-card debt. Consumer was sued by the entities that purchased her debt in an effort to collect on the debt. Consumer counterclaimed, alleging violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (OCSPA). The trial court entered judgment against Consumer. The Appellate Court reversed and remanded. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the underlying cause of action for default on the credit card in this case accrued in Delaware, the home state of the bank that issued the credit card and where Consumer’s payments were made; (2) Delaware’s statute of limitations determines whether the collection action was timely filed; (3) the filing of a time-barred collection action may form the basis of a violation under the FDCPA and the OSCPA; (4) a consumer can bring actionable claims under the FDCPA and the OSCPA based upon debt collectors’ representations made to courts in legal filings; and (5) debt buyers collecting on credit-card debt and their attorneys are subject to the OSCPA. View "Taylor v. First Resolution Inv. Corp." on Justia Law

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Appellees damaged their vehicle when they collided with a deer in the roadway. Appellant insured the vehicle. Appellees had their vehicle repaired using aftermarket replacement parts that were not produced by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Appellant, however, refused to pay for OEM parts after providing an estimate that was based on the use of non-OEM parts. Appellees filed a complaint alleging eight causes of action related to Appellant’s estimate and its refusal to pay for OEM parts. The trial court granted summary judgment to Appellees on their claim that Appellant violated the Consumer Sales Practices Act by failing to obtain one of Appellees’ signatures on the bottom of the estimate, and Appellees voluntarily dismissed the remainder of their claims. The trial court awarded Appellees actual damages, statutory treble damages, attorney fees, and expenses. The court of appeals modified and affirmed the trial court’s award of damages. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the court of appeals and dismissed the cause, holding that Appellant’s provision of a repair estimate to Appellees was not in connection with a consumer transaction and, therefore, was not an “unfair or deceptive act or practice” pursuant to Ohio Rev. Code 1345.02. View "Dillon v. Farmers Ins. of Columbus, Inc." on Justia Law