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Marianna Brown Bettman
Marianna Brown Bettman is a law professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she teaches torts, legal ethics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is also a former Ohio state court of appeals judge. Each September since 2003, she has given a presentation at the Ohio Judicial Conference analyzing the year’s most important cases from the Supreme Court of Ohio. She also provides appellate consulting services to attorneys.
Category Archives: Ohio Supreme Court Watch
Merit Decision. Visiting Nurse Still Traveling Toward A Resolution of Her Right to Benefits. Friebel v. Visiting Nurse Assn. of Mid-Ohio.
On October 21, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Friebel v. Visiting Nurse Assn. of Mid-Ohio, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4531. In a 5-2 decision written by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, in which Justice … Continue reading
What Happened on Remand: Jones v. Centex Homes. Tort Duty to Build Home in Workmanlike Manner. Case Settled.
Paul Jones and Latosha Sanders bought a new house from Centex Homes. After they moved in, they found that their electronic equipment didn’t work right. They alleged that the reason was because metal joists in the house were … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Home Is More Than Just Where the Heart Is (The Rest of the Person Must Be There, Too) Schill v. Cincinnati Ins. Co.
On October 14, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Schill v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4527. At issue in the case was the availability of umbrella coverage from an insurance policy in a … Continue reading
What Happened on Remand: Michael Hawsman v. Cuyahoga Falls, Part III. Plaintiff Finally Gets Day in Court for Diving Board Accident.
When this accident happened Michael Hawsman was twelve years old; he is now an adult, which is why the case caption now lists his full name instead of his initials. Speedy justice this is not.
In May of … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Standing and Subject Matter Jurisdiction. A Field Day for Civil Procedure Geeks. Bank of Am., N.A. v. Kuchta
On October 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Bank of Am., N.A. v. Kuchta, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4275. In a 5-2 opinion written by Chief Justice O’Connor, for herself and Justices Lanzinger, … Continue reading
What Happened on Remand: Plaintiffs win again in Medical Negligence Case. Even more this time. Moretz v. Estate of Muakkassa
Larry Moretz had suffered from acute back pain for many years. In 2005, Dr. Kamel Muakkassa, a neurosurgeon, diagnosed Moretz with an anterior sacral menigocele, a rare type of cyst in the lower spinal cord. Muakkassa referred Moretz … Continue reading
What Was on their Minds: Warrantless GPS Tracking Device, Revisited. State of Ohio v. Sudinia Johnson.
“If Jones was on the books when your client was arrested for this illegal activity, we wouldn’t be standing here,”—Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to defense counsel. “Knotts said it was ok to put a beeper on a vehicle, and that … Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court today, October 2, 2014, granted cert. in Ohio v. Clark. 13-1352. The two specific questions presented are:
Does an individual’s obligation to report suspected child abuse make that individual an agent of law enforcement for purposes … Continue reading
Student Scholarship. A Critique of the Ohio Supreme Court Decision Interpreting Ohio’s Corporate Advancement Statute in Miller v. Miller.
As previously posted, on July 3, 2012, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a merit decision in Miller v. Miller, 2012-Ohio-2928. At issue in this case was the interpretation of Ohio’s corporate advancement statute, R.C. 1701. 13 … Continue reading
Updated October 15, 2014. Oral arguments will not resume until January 2015.