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Lawsuit filed against Beachwood talent agency

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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) -

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday a lawsuit against The Event in Orlando Inc. ("The Event") and its owner Andrew Andrekopoulos.

According to the lawsuit, the business sold talent-contest packages to consumers whose children wanted to be "discovered" but misrepresented its services and failed to give consumers proper notice of their cancellation rights.

"This business exploited families' dreams of stardom and took thousands of dollars from them," Attorney General DeWine said. "Parents should take this lawsuit as a warning: Some so-called talent agencies take more than they give."

According to the lawsuit, The Event's principal place of business is 3401 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 340 in Beachwood, Ohio.

The business uses radio ads to target the parents of 6-to-17-year-old children who are interested in acting, modeling, dancing, or singing.

Consumers are told to send text messages right away to reserve their spot at a "tryout," typically held at a local hotel.

At the tryout, the business tells consumers that their child has been accepted for a chance to compete at "The Event" in Florida, where - the business claims - representatives who work with Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, Fox, ABC, MGM, and stars such as Selena Gomez, Taylor Lautner, and Miranda Cosgrove will attend.

In truth, the business "accepts" most children and sells parents a package ranging from $1,900 to $10,000 to attend a talent contest in Orlando. (Consumers must pay their own airfare and travel costs.)

Parents are led to believe that this is a "once in a lifetime" opportunity, but of the 19 consumers who filed complaints and spent more than $40,000 total, no children were "discovered."

In the lawsuit, the Attorney General charges the business and its owner with violations of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act and seeks consumer restitution, civil penalties, and injunctive relief.

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