Category Archives: Merit Decisions

Merit Decision: Court Nixes Warrantless Pre-Impoundment Inventory Search of Legally Parked Car Despite Arrest of Occupant. State v. Leak

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Leak, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-154. In a 4-3 decision written by Justice O’Neill, joined in full by Justices Lanzinger and Kennedy, in … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: No Consumer Sales Practices Act Violation in Providing Auto Repair Estimate. Dillon v. Farmers Ins. of Columbus, Inc.

On December 29, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Dillon v. Farmers Ins. of Columbus, Inc., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-5407.  In a 5-2 opinion authored by Chief Justice O’Connor, joined by Justices Lanzinger, … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Mandatory Sex Offender Registration and Address-Verification Requirements Do Not Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment. State v. Blankenship.

On November 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Blankenship, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-4624. In a 5-2 opinion authored by Justice Lanzinger, joined in full by Chief Justice O’Connor and Justice … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. No Public Hearing for Terminated Nontenured, Nonteaching Public Employee. Stewart v. Lockland School Dist. Bd. of Edn.

On September 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Stewart v. Lockland School Dist. Bd. of Edn.,  2015-Ohio-3839.  In a 6-1 opinion written by Justice Pfeifer, the court … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: The Relationship Between Charter Schools and Their Operators. Hope Academy Broadway Campus v. White Hat Mgt., L.L.C.

On September 15, 205, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Hope Academy Broadway Campus v. White Hat Mgt., L.L.C., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-3716. In a very fractured opinion authored by Justice Lanzinger, the court … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Insurer Has Duty to Defend Emotional Distress Claim Resulting From Case of Housing Discrimination. Granger v. Auto Owners Ins.

On August 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Granger v. Auto-Owners Ins., 2015-Ohio-3279. In a 5-2 opinion written by Justice Pfeifer, the court held that under the umbrella insurance policy at issue … Continue reading

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Court Dismisses As Improvidently Accepted Property-Division Dispute Over Oil and Gas Signing Bonus. Kuhn v. Kuhn.

On July 14, 2015, by a vote of 5-2, the Supreme Court of Ohio sua sponte dismissed as improvidently accepted Kuhn v. Kuhn, 2015-Ohio-2806.  The issue in the case was whether a signing bonus for oil and gas rights … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Trial Court Cannot Impose Prison Term and a No-Contact Order For the Same Felony Offense. State v. Anderson.

Kenyatta Mickles, my colleague at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and Director of our Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order Clinic, has authored this guest post on the recent Supreme Court of Ohio decision in State v. … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Finds State Constitutional Violation For Extraterritorial Traffic Stop. State v. Brown.

On June 23, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a merit decision in State v. Brown,  2015-Ohio-2438. In a 5-2 opinion written by Justice O’Donnell, for himself, Chief Justice O’Connor, and Justices Pfeifer, Lanzinger, and O’Neill, the court … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Long and Complicated Explanation of Why Search Warrant was Invalid and Suppression Required. State v. Castagnola .

On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Castagnola, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-1565.  In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice Kennedy, for herself and Justices Pfeifer, O’Neill, and O’Donnell, the … Continue reading

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