What Happened on Remand: Smith v. Landfair: The Finale. No Compensation for Being Kicked in the Head by a Horse.

Case Background

In 2007, Donald Landfair, then 78 years old (which means he is now 85 or 86—justice does move slowly!) boarded two of his horses, including Green Acre Annie (“Annie”) at Rochel Smith’s father’s stables. Rochel Smith was barn … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Suit against Landlord Sounds in Tort, Not Contract. Punitive Damages Cap Applies. Sivit v. Village Green of Beachwood, L.P.

On April 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Sivit v. Village Green of Beachwood, L.P., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-1193. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Paul Pfeifer, the court held that … Continue reading

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No Oral Arguments Set In April

The Supreme Court of Ohio has set no oral arguments for the month of April. This is probably because the court needs time to catch up on its submitted cases. Arguments resume May 5.  Traditionally, the court tends not to … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Liability of a School Bus Driver for Child Injured While Crossing the Street After the Bus Has Driven Away. Amber Sallee (A Minor) v. Stephanie Watts, et al.

“Assuring that the child crosses the roadway to the residence side is, in your view, the operation of a motor vehicle?” Justice O’Donnell to Amber Sallee’s counsel.

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard argument in the … Continue reading

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Commentary: Columbus Judge Properly Receives a Disciplinary Slap.

On March 11, 2015, in Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Salerno,  Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-791, the Supreme Court of Ohio publicly reprimanded Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno for telling jurors in open court in a criminal case … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: For Those Who Still Believe There is Such a Thing as an Employer Intentional Tort, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace. Hoyle v. DTJ Ents., Inc.

On March 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Hoyle v. DTJ Ents., Inc., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-843. In a 5-2 decision written by Justice French, in which Justices Lanzinger and Kennedy concurred … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Liability of a School Bus Driver for Child Injured While Crossing the Street After the Bus Has Driven Away. Amber Sallee (A Minor) v. Stephanie Watts, et al.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On March 25, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of Amber Sallee (a Minor) v. Stephanie Watts, et al, 2014-0727.  The threshold issue in the case … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Do Mandatory Sex Offender Classifications Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment? State of Ohio v. Travis Blankenship.

“What is wrong with affording a hearing instead of a cookie-cutter one size fits all? Allowing the defendant to come in and individualize it?” Justice Paul Pfeifer, to the prosecutor.

On March 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Right to a Public Hearing and Public Deliberations. Adam Stewart vs. Board of Education of Lockland School District.

On March 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Adam Stewart v. Board of Education of Lockland School District, 2014-0164. At issue in this case is whether a for-cause public employee can … Continue reading

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Punitive Damages Case Reaches One Year Mark Without Decision.

Update: On April 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.

Whenever a case has been submitted for a year without a decision, it signals a deep … Continue reading

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