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Ohio Consumer Law: Consumer Law

Ohio consumer laws are set up with the purpose of protecting Ohio’s consumers.

Resources at the Hamilton County Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Hamilton County Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (513) 946-5300. If you have any questions about these materials.

About This Guide

This guide is intended to give some basic information on Consumer Law in Ohio.

Ohio consumer law is a broad term that ecompasses many unique topics.  Many of these individual topics have their own subtopics, as well.  For example, a major topic such as automobiles will have a number of subtopics, like odometer fraud, warranties, and lemon laws.  Automobiles will also cross paths with other areas, such as leasing, insurance, and deceptive sales practices, to name a few.

No matter the topic, Ohio consumer laws are set up with the purpose of protecting Ohio's consumers.  The complexity of consumer protection law requires that practitioners have detailed information available to them.  Each year, courts decide hundreds of decisions and the General Assembly passes several pieces of legislation, from which analysts write stacks of commentary, all with the purpose of protecting Ohio consumers. 

Disclaimer: Hamilton County Law Library staff, as a service to its patrons, provides reference services and information, including these research guides. To protect the public interest, Ohio law requires that legal advice and services be rendered only by qualified attorneys who are subject to the guidelines of the courts. Library staff members do not interpret the law, provide legal advice, or explain court procedures. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. None of our services shall be construed as giving legal advice.

Ohio Laws

Ohio Revised Code  O.R.C.  Title 13   Ohio Uniform Commercial Code

 Chapter 1301    General Provisions

Chapter 1302    Sales

Chapter 1303    Commercial paper

Chapter 1304    Bank deposits and collections

Chapter 1305    Letters of credit

Chapter 1306    Uniform electronics transactions act

Chapter 1307    Documents of title

Chapter 1308    Investment securities

Chapter 1309    Secured transactions

Chapter 1310    Leases

Chapter 1311    Liens

Chapter 1312    Residential building code

Chapter 1313    Voluntary assignments

Chapter 1315    Transmitters of money; check-cashing businesses

Chapter 1317    Retail installment sales

Chapter 1318    Auctions

Chapter 1319    Miscellaneous credit transactions

Chapter 1321    Small loans

Chapter 1322    Mortgage brokers, loan officers

Chapter 1327    Weights and measures

Chapter 1329    Labels and Marks

Chapter 1331    Monoplies

Chapter 1332    Fair competition in cable operations

Chapter 1333    Trade practices

Chapter 1334    Business opportunity plans

Chapter 1335    Statute of frauds

Chapter 1336    Ohio uniform fraudulent transfer act

Chapter 1337    Power of attorney

Chapter 1339    Fiduciary law

Chapter 1340    Fiduciary law

Chapter 1341    Sureties

Chapter 1343    Interest

Chapter 1345    Consumer sales practices

Chapter 1346    Tobacco product manufacturer escrow accounts

Chapter 1347    Personal information systems

Chapter 1349    Consumber protection

Chapter 1351    Lease-purchase agreements

Chapter 1353    Farm machinery or construction equipment dealers and suppliers


Ohio Administrative Code   O.A.C. 109:4 Consumer Protection

109:4-1    General Provisions

109:4-3    Deceptive Acts or Trade Practices in Connection with Consumer Transactions

109:4-4    Dispute Resolution Programs for Settlement of New Motor Vehicle Warranty Disputes

109:4-5    Informal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms for Settlement of New Motor Vehicle Warranty Disputes

109:4-6    Telemarketing Registration and Enforcement

Subject Guide

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The Law Library is open to the public for self-help during its regular business hours.  The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney.

For legal assistance, consider the following organizations:

• Lawyer Referral Service, Cincinnati Bar Association A free referral and a reduced consultation fee for the first 30 minutes http://www.cincybar.org/about/services/lawyer-referral-service.php 513.381.8359

• Lawyer Referral Service, Northern Kentucky Bar Association A free referral with hourly fees established by particpating attorneys http://www.nkybar.com/includes/referral.aspx 859.781.1525

• Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati Legal representation, information, advice and referral for people in need of legal help http://www.lascinti.org/ 513.241.9400

• Pro Seniors Legal Hotline and Referral Service Help for persons over the age of 60 http://www.proseniors.org 800.488.6070

• Disability Rights Ohio Advocates for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org 800.282.9181

• Ohio Attorney General, Services for Consumers Help resolving consumer issues, tips on scams and deceptive practices http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers 800.282.0515