Ohio Attorney General Investigation of Your BusinessIf you or your business are currently under investigation by the Ohio Attorney General, then you need a lawyer. The Ohio Attorney General enforces Ohio's laws, such as consumer protection statutes, against businesses and individuals suspected of violating those laws. The Ohio Attorney General can investigate an alleged violation of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act on its own or as a result of complaints filed against the business by affected individuals. (See Ohio Rev. Code 1345.06). The Ohio Attorney General can informally request documentation, information, or an interview. The Ohio Attorney General can also forcibly obtain such documentation or an interview through the use of a subpoena. The repercussions for failing to cooperate or comply with an Ohio Attorney General investigation can be quite severe.
What Can The Ohio Attorney General Do To My Business If It Finds A Violation Of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act?Ohio Rev. Code 1345.07 gives the Ohio Attorney General a number of options to deal with suspected violations of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act. The Ohio Attorney General can bring a lawsuit against the business to obtain a judgment declaring that the business violated the Consumer Sales Practices Act ("CSPA"), they can obtain a restraining order or injunction against the business forcing a stop to the practice, and they can obtain a penalty of between $5,000 and $15,000 per day that the business commits the violation. To the extent that the business requires a license, the Attorney General's Office can cause the business license to be revoked.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office can also seek to have a receiver appointed for the business. This means that whoever is currently running the business would be removed and a person appointed by the Court would step in and run the business. The options the Attorney General's Office has to deal with violations of Ohio's CSPA can be severe or even a virtual death sentence for the business.
Businesses That Do Well In Troubled Times Are Businesses That Have A Good LawyerThere is opportunity in troubled times. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected certain types of businesses, while leaving other businesses unscathed. While no one could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic and its' negative impact on restaurants and other service and retail establishments, every business owner should plan on troubled times happening. For better or worse, lawyers are trained to look for everything that could go wrong and to try to protect against those things. There will always be some future event that has a negative impact on your business. You can't plan for everything, but you can lay the groundwork now to be able to withstand the storm later.
Laying the groundwork consists of having business contracts that are written in your favor and that cover your contingencies. A well written business contract could have your business collect for their attorney fees and other costs in case of a breach of contract. Disputes with customers or disputes with other businesses will come up from time to time. It helps your business to have a teammate in place specially trained to get disputes resolved in your favor, whether outside of court, or in it. The law firm of Harris & Engler has business and litigation attorneys that can help your business have a go to plan when you need legal help.
The business attorneys at Harris & Engler help businesses get started with their formation, operating agreements, admission of new owners, confidentiality, protection of trade secrets, collections, insurance coverage issues, liabilility issues, breach of contract, and lawsuit initiation and defense. When you've got a partner that has seen what can go wrong and litigated those issues in court, then you've got a partner that can advise you based on experience. If you want to know your options and the relative risks behind those options, then you should get to know the business attorneys at Harris & Engler.
The law firm of Harris & Engler is located in Columbus, Ohio, and it represents businesses local and worldwide with their Ohio legal needs. For litigation needs, the business litigation attorneys represent clients with cases located in the Central Ohio area.
Business Law Firm in Columbus, OhioEvery business needs a good attorney. The business attorneys at Harris & Engler serve businesses of all sizes in Columbus and all over Ohio. The law firm of Harris & Engler is located in Columbus, Ohio, and its business attorneys help local, national, and international businesses doing business in Ohio.
Business Law Firm for Businesses of All Sizes in OhioSmall businesses and family-owned businesses form the bedrock of the Ohio economy. Family-owned businesses need proper succession planning in order to survive the test of time. Small businesses need a good lawyer for getting the business structure properly set-up, getting air-tight template contracts in place, and in order to properly execute on expansion plans. Larger national and international businesses frequently need a lawyer for business litigation issues, regulatory issues, or need legal boots on the ground for business expansion in Ohio. The business law firm of Harris & Engler has attorneys well experienced in helping Ohio businesses get properly set up, expand, and manage their regulatory and litigation issues.
Ohio Business LawyersEvery big business faces a lawsuit at some point. Often times lawsuits will cause business records and corporate documents to be looked over with a microscope and gone over with a fine tooth comb. If your business was properly set up and has well maintained records then you have nothing to worry about. If your business does not have a set of corporate books or corporate books that have not been touched in years, then it may be time to get in touch with an Ohio business lawyer.
Columbus, Ohio Based Business Law FirmThe law firm of Harris & Engler is based in Columbus, Ohio, and its business attorneys help businesses of all sizes with all of their business needs. If you would like to speak with a business attorney in Ohio then please call Harris & Engler at (614) 610-9988.
Attorneys Serving the Marysville and Greater Union County AreaWith a population of 58,285, Union County is not the largest county in Ohio, but for the past few years it has been one of Ohio's fastest growing counties. The growth of Union County is for good reason, with the beautiful scenery and companies like Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company located here, Union County has been an ideal place to work or start and grow a business.
The law firm of Harris & Engler is located nearby to Union County, with offices on the north side of Columbus. The attorneys at Harris & Engler serve the Marysville and greater Union County community for their regular business needs, including business formation, contracts, and initiation and defense of civil lawsuits. No matter your legal need, whether with family law, real estate, business, or litigation, please feel free to call an attorney at Harris & Engler to discuss your legal issues.
Outside General Counsel Law Firm OhioNot every business can afford in-house general counsel. That is why the law firm of Harris & Engler helps Ohio businesses with all of their legal needs, on an as needed basis. If your business has regular need for legal counsel, but not enough to justify in-house counsel, then you should consider reaching out to the Harris & Engler law firm to service your businesses regular legal needs.
All the Benefits of In-House Counsel Without the CostsIf you need a trusty, go-to lawyer for your businesses regular needs, then call an attorney at Harris & Engler. Whether you need a law firm on general retainer or on an as needed basis, the law firm of Harris & Engler has a solution to meet your corporate needs.
Contract, Regulatory, Administrative, Employment, and Litigation Legal Service in One Outside General Counsel Law FirmThe law firm of Harris & Engler is based in Columbus, Ohio and it helps businesses of all sizes with their corporate needs. You can call attorney Evan T. Engler, partner at Harris & Engler to discuss your business needs and to see about Harris & Engler's customized legal solutions.
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