4719.15 Civil action by purchaser.

(A) A purchaser injured by a violation of a provision of sections 4719.01 to 4719.18 of the Revised Code or a rule adopted under any provision of those sections may bring a civil action against the telephone solicitor or salesperson who committed the violation for damages in a court of common pleas and may apply to the court for an order enjoining the violation. Upon the purchaser's showing that the telephone solicitor or salesperson has committed a violation of one of those sections or rules, the court shall grant an injunction, temporary restraining order, or other appropriate relief.

(B) If a court awards damages under division (A) of this section, the court shall award damages in an amount that is not less than the amount that the purchaser paid to the telephone solicitor or salesperson and shall order the telephone solicitor or salesperson to pay reasonable attorney's fees and court costs to the purchaser.

(C) The court may award the purchaser punitive or exemplary damages upon the purchaser's showing that the telephone solicitor or salesperson knowingly committed an act or practice that violated a provision of sections 4719.01 to 4719.18 of the Revised Code.

(D) An action under this section shall be brought within two years after the date of the telephone solicitation upon which the action is based.

Effective Date: 12-05-1996