Oral Argument Preview: Can a Court Sua Sponte Appoint a Guardian Ad Litem for an Adult in a Divorce Case Without a Hearing? Charles W. Thomasson v. Carol J. Thomasson.

On November 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of Charles W. Thomasson v. Carol J. Thomasson, 2016-1629. At issue in this case is whether a trial court can sua sponte appoint … Continue reading

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The Ohio Democratic Gubernatorial Plot Thickens. Richard Cordray to Step Down from CFPB

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced today, November 15, 2017, that he plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of this month. Could that be a step to his becoming a … Continue reading

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What Happened on Remand: Three Years Later, and Still Sparing On Whether A Worker Can Sue a Co-Worker for a Workplace Intentional Tort. Yeaples v. Precision Directional Boring, LLC.

Case Background

A long, long time ago (January 19, 2010, to be exact) Donald Yeaples was injured while working as a laborer for Precision Directional Boring, a Medina County Company. He was on a job to identify residential connections with … Continue reading

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Observations on Justice O’Neill’s Intent to Recuse From Future Cases.

On October 29, 2017, Justice Bill O’Neill announced his intent to run in the Democratic gubernatorial primary May 8, 2018. He also announced a platform which includes “legalization of recreational marijuana, a higher minimum wage, a decrease in in-state tuition, and the … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Upholds Felonious Assault Statute Compelling Disclosure of HIV Status. State v. Batista.

On October 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Batista, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-8304. The court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of R.C. 2903.11(B)(1), which requires persons who know they are HIV … Continue reading

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Justice Bill O’Neill Announces Intent to Run for Governor.

Yesterday, October 29, 2017, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill announced his intent to run in the Democratic gubernatorial primary May 8, 2018. Already in the race on the Democratic side are Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, State Senator Joseph Schiavoni, … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Court Tackles Substantial Factor Causation in Asbestos Exposure Case. Mark Schwartz, Individually and as the Executor of the Estate of Kathleen Schwartz, et al. v. Honeywell International, Inc. et al.

“Given the current status of the science in this area is it ever possible to say what is or isn’t a significant factor… Is it just that the science is different from what the statute is requiring?”

Justice French

On … Continue reading

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What Happened on Remand: End of the Road for the Cromer Family in Akron Medical Malpractice Case. Cromer v. Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr. of Akron.

Case Background

Seth Cromer died at the age of five while a patient at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron. Seth’s parents brought him to the emergency room of the hospital on the evening of January 13, 2007 with … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Exclusion of Evidence not the Proper Remedy for Admitted Violation of Knock-and-Announce Statute. State v. Bembry.

On October 10, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Bembry, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-8114. In an opinion written by Justice O’Neill, the court held that the exclusion of evidence was not … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Court Tackles Substantial Factor Causation in Asbestos Exposure Case. Mark Schwartz, Individually and as the Executor of the Estate of Kathleen Schwartz, et al. v. Honeywell International, Inc. et al.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On October 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case Mark Schwartz, Individually and as the Executor of the Estate of Kathleen Schwartz, et al. … Continue reading

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