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Ohio's small businesses have more opportunities to fight back against unfair business practices, thanks to an expanded focus by the attorney general.
In Ohio, if a small business had a problem with dishonest vendors or unfair practices, they had few options to make things right. The state's consumer protection law only allowed the Ohio Attorney General's Office to defend a "person," so small businesses without the resources to sue were left with little or no recourse, reports the Akron Beacon Journal . With over half of the state's jobs coming from small businesses, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray started a pilot last summer that allowed small businesses to contact the office for protections against unfair vendors and business practices. During the six-month period, the office received over 500 complaints and saved businesses over $60,000. Since February 2010, the Attorney General's office expanded the program to allow any small business to seek its help. Business owners can visit the Attorney General's Web site to file complaints regarding disputed invoices or charges for products and services never received. (Photo thumbnail: TheTruthAbout on Flickr)