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It is a violation of the Telephone Solicitation Sales Act ("TSSA") for a supplier to: 1) act as a telephone solicitor without having first obtained a certificate of registration, 2) act as a telephone solicitor without first obtaining a surety bond, 3) fail to disclose, before requesting payment, the rights granted to the purchaser by R.C. 4719.07 and the material terms and conditions of any refund, cancellation, exchange or repurchase policies, 4) submit charges to a purchaser's account without having received an original signed copy of a written confirmation, or to 5) misrepresent, directly or by implication, the nature or characteristics of the goods or services and to make false or misleading statements to induce a consumer to pay for goods or services. Defendants ordered to pay $68,212.00 in consumer restitution, $150,000.00 in civil penalties ($135,000.00 suspended), and $16,785.00 in investigative costs.
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