(A) The division of financial institutions may investigate alleged violations of sections 4712.01 to 4712.14 of the Revised Code, or the rules adopted thereunder, or complaints concerning any such violation. The division may make application to the court of common pleas for an order enjoining any such violation and, upon a showing by the division that a person has committed, or is about to commit, such a violation, the court shall grant an injunction, restraining order, or other appropriate relief.

Terms Used In Ohio Code 4712.12

  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Person: includes an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, and association. See Ohio Code 1.59
  • state: means the state of Ohio. See Ohio Code 1.59
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.

(B) In conducting any investigation pursuant to this section, the division may compel, by subpoena, witnesses to testify in relation to any matter over which it has jurisdiction, and may require the production of any book, record, or other document pertaining to such matter. If a person fails to file any statement or report, obey any subpoena, give testimony, produce any book, record, or other document as required by such a subpoena, or permit photocopying of any book, record, or other document subpoenaed, the court of common pleas of any county in this state, upon application made to it by the division, shall compel obedience by attachment proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from the court or a refusal to testify therein.

(C) If the division determines that a person is engaged in, or is believed to be engaged in, activities that may constitute a violation of sections 4712.01 to 4712.14 of the Revised Code, the division may, after notice and a hearing conducted in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Revised Code, issue a cease and desist order. Such an order shall be enforceable in the court of common pleas.