COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit this week against the Calland Auto Group LLC and Christopher Calland, accusing the now-defunct dealership and its former owner of failing to provide consumers with motor vehicle titles as required by Ohio law. DeWine seeks reimbursement to the state’s Title Defect Recision (TDR) Fund. 

“Getting the title to a vehicle is an important part of the car-buying process,” Attorney General DeWine said. “When car buyers have problems getting the title, we help them. We also take action against dealerships that fail to follow the law.”

According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, Calland Auto Group, which closed last year, failed to obtain certificates of title for certain purchasers within the timeframe required by Ohio law. The Attorney General’s Office provided $4,171 in reimbursement from the TDR Fund to resolve consumer complaints filed against the dealership. 

In the lawsuit, the Attorney General accuses Calland Auto Group and Christopher Calland of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act. The Attorney General also seeks declaratory relief, injunctive relief, restitution to the TDR Fund, and civil penalties.