Category Archives: Ohio Supreme Court Watch

A Change of Heart by the Chief on Judicial Elections?

An interview with Ohio’s Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and AP reporter Andrew Welch-Huggins, which ran in a number of Ohio newspapers last week, carried the headline “Ohio Chief Justice: Time to Rethink Judicial Elections.” The story quotes O’Connor as saying … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Court Again Applies Good-Faith Exception, This Time to Avoid Suppression of Evidence From Warrantless GPS Search. State v. Johnson

On November 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Johnson, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5021. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Terrence O’Donnell, in which Justices Paul Pfeifer and Judy Lanzinger … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Disapproves Arrest Warrants Issued Without A Probable Cause Determination, But Denies Exclusion of Evidence as Remedy. State v. Hoffman

On November 4, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Hoffman, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4795. In a 6-1 opinion written by Justice Judy Lanzinger, in which Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote a short … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Court “Writs” Its Way Out of Deciding If a Worker Can Sue a Co-Worker for a Workplace Intentional Tort. State ex. rel. Yeaples v. Gall

On October 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State ex rel. Yeaples v. Gall, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4724. In a 6-1 opinion written by Chief Justice O’Connor, in which Justice Pfeifer concurred … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Ohio Must Meet in January.

Wondering if the Supreme Court of Ohio is legally obligated to sit? It seems so. This is statutory. Who knew? Pursuant to the current version of R.C. 2503.33, effective March 22, 2013,

“The chief justice and the judges of … Continue reading

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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

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What Happened on Remand: Jones v. Centex Homes. Tort Duty to Build Home in Workmanlike Manner. Case Settled.

Case Background

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

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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

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What Happened on Remand: Michael Hawsman v. Cuyahoga Falls, Part III. Plaintiff Finally Gets Day in Court for Diving Board Accident.

Case Background

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

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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

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