from the Franklin County C.P.C. No. 15CV-2843Court of Common
DeWine, Attorney General, and Rosemary E. Rupert, for
Rosemary E. Rupert.
Darren McNeal Co., LLC, and E. Darren McNeal, for appellant.
1} Defendant-appellant, Andrew Karabinos, appeals a
final judgment entered by the Franklin County Court of Common
Pleas on February 24, 2017 which adopted a decision from a
magistrate of that court. Because we find that Karabinos
failed to object to the magistrate's decision and thereby
waived all grounds for this appeal, we affirm the judgment of
the court of common pleas.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On April 1, 2015, the State of Ohio, through the
office of the Ohio Attorney General, brought suit against
Karabinos for violations of Ohio's Consumer Protection
Act. These violations stemmed from sales of automobiles in
which Karabinos allegedly failed to ensure that buyers were
able to obtain valid title for the vehicles. In October,
Karabinos suggested that the case be stayed as he had filed
for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the
Southern District of Ohio. Following a response from the
State arguing that Karabinos' bankruptcy did not and
could not preclude the relief sought by the State, the trial
court reactivated the case.
3} On March 18, 2016, Karabinos (by later-granted
leave) filed an answer. Because the State failed to serve
Karabinos' company (which had also been named in the
complaint) the suit was never properly commenced against it
and the State elected to dismiss. Meanwhile, the ...