Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Discovery Tours, a company that promised the Van Buren School District a tour of Washington, D.C., and canceled the trip after declaring bankruptcy.
DeWine, who is also the Republican nominee for governor, said the attorney general’s office has gotten over 700 complaints about the company. Most of the complaints were from parents who said they paid the company for a school trip before the company canceled.
DeWine said an investigation by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section found the company continued to accept money from schools and parents when the company either did know or should have known it could not deliver on its promises.
Van Buren school board voted Tuesday to pay up to $30,000 to salvage the school’s eighth-grade trip to Washington after the tour company declared bankruptcy.
A complaint form is available online at: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Briefing-Room/News-Releases/Consumer-Protection/Discovery-Tours-Complaint-Form.aspx.
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