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DECEMBER 31, 2014

First District: Hustler Founder Larry Flynt Must Pay Brother’s $170,000 Legal Fees

DECEMBER 29, 2014

Eleventh District: Chardon Schools Justifiably Fired Employee Who Took Photo of Shooting Spree Aftermath

DECEMBER 26, 2014

Court of Claims Lets Two State Agencies Pay $443,000 to Settle Amputation Accident Claims

DECEMBER 24, 2014

Court of Claims Holds Ohio State Liable For Professor Who Ran Over Man On Highway

DECEMBER 23, 2014

Supreme Court: Employees Not Required to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect to Ohio Director of Health

Supreme Court: Non-Lawyer Pretended To Be Immigration Attorney

DECEMBER 19, 2014

Court of Claims Approves $500,000 Settlement for Ohio State Student Hit By Dump Truck

DECEMBER 18, 2014

Supreme Court: City Appeals Process for Traffic Camera Violations Does Not Infringe on Jurisdiction of Courts

DECEMBER 17, 2014

Twelfth District: Law Blocks Amputee from Suing Good Samaritan

Supreme Court: Village Employee Not Entitled to Whistleblower Protection

DECEMBER 16, 2014

Second District: City, Officer Who Struck Woman Crossing Street in Motorized Wheelchair Immune From Civil Lawsuit

Supreme Court: Court Upholds Conviction and Death Sentence of Cincinnati Man

Supreme Court: Newspaper’s Appeal for Unredacted Juvenile Court Records Is Moot

DECEMBER 8, 2014

Tenth District: Terminated Dental Assistants Get Wrongful Discharge Hearing 12 Years after Blowing the Whistle on Intoxicated Dentist

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Supreme Court: Three Attorneys Disciplined for Misconduct

DECEMBER 3, 2014

Supreme Court: Youngstown Man’s Death Penalty Set Aside

Supreme Court: Non-Lawyer Head of Advocacy Group Practiced Law

DECEMBER 2, 2014

Supreme Court: Increase in Property Taxes Was Contrary to State Law

Supreme Court: Private Property Owners Not Entitled to Property Tax Exemptions for Land Leased to State Community Colleges

DECEMBER 1, 2014

Court of Claims Hearing Set For Two Cleveland State University Employees Claiming They Were Fired Based on Their Age

NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Second District: Victim of Barroom Brawl Entitled to Nearly $90,000 When Club Owner Fails to Respond to Lawsuit

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Supreme Court: When Some Evidence Is Wrongly Allowed, Appeals Courts Must Decide Whether Other Evidence Supports the Verdict

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Eighth District: Spouse Owes Development Firm $700,000 in Attorney Fees After Jailed Husband’s Deceit Revealed

Supreme Court: Two Attorneys Receive Indefinite Suspensions from the Practice of Law

NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Supreme Court: Former Municipal Court Judge Suspended

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Eighth District: Casino Control Commission Wrong To Revoke Dealer’s License for Taking Can of Red Bull Without Paying

NOVEMBER 7, 2014

First District: Judge Questions Whether Obscene Gesture Played Too Large a Role in Awarding $303,000 in Punitive Damages

NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Supreme Court: Two Attorneys Receive Suspensions With Partial Stays

NOVEMBER 5, 2014

Supreme Court: Helipad Allowed on Roof of Cleveland Hospital

Supreme Court: 'Attempted Felony Murder' Not Recognized in Ohio

NOVEMBER 4, 2014

Supreme Court: Courts Must Find Probable Cause Before Issuing Arrest Warrants

NOVEMBER 3, 2014

Fifth District: Past Reversal Guides Court’s Latest Denial of Fines Against Village That Destroyed Old Records

OCTOBER 31, 2014

Tenth District: Insurance Company Not Entitled to Restitution

OCTOBER 30, 2014

Supreme Court: Jury Instructions Defining “Enterprise” Upheld

OCTOBER 29, 2014

Supreme Court: Court Upholds Conviction and Death Penalty in 2008 Shooting of Twinsburg Police Officer

OCTOBER 24, 2014

First District: Changes to Condominium Common Areas Do Not Need Unanimous Owner Approval

OCTOBER 23, 2014

Supreme Court: Columbus Attorney Indefinitely Suspended

OCTOBER 22, 2014

Supreme Court: Restitution Must Be Paid Before Applying to Seal Criminal Record

Supreme Court: Two Attorneys Receive One-Year Suspensions

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Supreme Court: Trial Court Cannot Reconsider Sentence When Defendant Does Not Comply with Plea Agreement

Supreme Court: Court Clarifies Standards for Evaluating Workers’ Compensation Cases

OCTOBER 16, 2014

Supreme Court: Parent Trying to Restore Parental Rights Not Entitled to Delayed Appeal

OCTOBER 15, 2014

Supreme Court: Norton City Council Meetings Can Be Aired Via Internet

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Tenth District: Injured COTA Rider Must Get Chance to Prove Bus Jerk Was Unusual

OCTOBER 7, 2014

Tenth District: State may be Liable for Injuries Inmate Sustained at Privately Operated Prison, but Company Must Pay Damages

Supreme Court: Electric Utility May Recover Costs from Customers Who Changed Companies

Supreme Court: Parole Board Obligated to Investigate and Correct Significant Errors in Record Considered for Inmate’s Release

OCTOBER 3, 2014

Court of Claims: Police Owe $22,550 to OU Student for Broken Thumb

OCTOBER 2, 2014

Supreme Court: Dayton Lawyer’s License Suspended

OCTOBER 1, 2014

Twelfth District: California Woman Caught with Marijuana in RV Denied Appeal

Supreme Court: Accused May Contest Test Results and Operability of Intoxilyzer 8000

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Eighth District: Bamboozled Diamond Ring Shipper Cannot Sue FedEx for Collecting Bogus Payment Check

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Supreme Court: Trial Courts May Instruct Juries on Lesser-Included Offenses

Supreme Court: Non-Lawyer Advocate Gave Legal Advice to Criminal Defendants

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Supreme Court: Part of Judicial Conduct Rule Unconstitutional, Violates Free Speech

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Supreme Court: Right to Attorney Applies at Resentencing Hearings

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Supreme Court: Charter Schools Challenge Whether Management Company Owns Property Bought for Schools

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Tenth District: State Park Visitor Injured by Rock Launched from Lawn Mower can Hold ODNR Liable

Supreme Court: Fired Amusement Park Executive Cannot Be Reinstated

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Court of Claims: $82,000 Settlement in Wrongful Imprisonment Case

Supreme Court: Contract Does Not Prohibit Strip-Mining on ODNR Land

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Ninth District: Stables Can’t Be Sued for Injuries Sustained in Dog and Pony Encounter

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Eleven High Schools to Participate in Off-Site Court Session in Ravenna

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Court of Claims: Decision Reversed in Dentures Refund Case


Court of Claims Approves Dept. of Agriculture Crash Settlement

Tenth District: Wendy’s Franchise Owner’s $510,000 Judgment Against Bowling Green Reversed


Dispute Over Role of Sewer District in Northern Ohio Before Supreme Court

Third District: Sheriff Improperly Suspended Man’s Concealed Handgun License Out of Alcoholism Suspicion


Supreme Court: Overwhelming Evidence Identified Alleged Perpetrator

Supreme Court Sanctions Three Ohio Attorneys


Supreme Court: PUCO Correctly Limited How Much Ohio Power Could Charge Customers

Supreme Court: Asbestos Law Requires Diagnosis by “Competent Medical Authority”

Supreme Court Disbars Two Attorneys


Twelfth District: Washington Court House in Contempt of Court for Not Paying Ohio EPA Fines

Supreme Court: Death Penalty Upheld for Cleveland Man Convicted of Murder in Three-County Crime Spree

Supreme Court: Proving Intent to Use Force Not Required to Convict for Third-Degree Robbery

Supreme Court: Mortgage Holders Can Redeem Properties in Foreclosures for Delinquent Taxes

AUGUST 28, 2014

Supreme Court: Public Employees Not Liable for Employment Discrimination in Certain Cases

Supreme Court: Who’s Liable for Real Estate Agent’s Conduct Should Have Been Reviewed By Jury

AUGUST 27, 2014

Supreme Court: Threats to Governor Are Not Public Record

Supreme Court: Cleveland Judge Receives Public Reprimand

AUGUST 25, 2014

Eighth District: Drunk Man Who Punched Firefighter Loses Appeal

AUGUST 22, 2014

Ninth District: Parents of Teen Killed on Repaved Wayne County Road Can Sue County for Negligence

AUGUST 21, 2014

Fifth District: Court Overturns OMVI Ruling for Pulling Over a Driver Making a Ruckus

AUGUST 20, 2014

Tenth District: Court Upholds $1.3 Million Takings Judgment Against Westerville for Streetscape Project

AUGUST 19, 2014

Ninth District: State Court Can Hear Dispute Among Authors of Part of Black Eyed Peas Hit Song

AUGUST 18, 2014

First District: Proof As to Who is At Fault Required for Slipping Street Plate Accident

AUGUST 15, 2014

Supreme Court to Consider Two Mineral Rights Cases from Eastern Ohio

AUGUST 12, 2014

Court of Claims Approves Highway Patrol Assault Settlement for $110,000

AUGUST 5, 2014

Third District: Pastor Driving to Work Wins Citation Appeal

AUGUST 1, 2014

Court of Claims: Prisoner Settles for $10,000 in Personal Injury Suit

JULY 24, 2014

Supreme Court: Current Law Requires Presentence Investigation Report Before Community-Control Sentence

Supreme Court: Court Should Make Statutory Findings at Sentencing Hearing and Include Findings in Sentencing Entry to Impose Consecutive Prison Terms

JULY 23, 2014

Twelfth District: Appeal Denied for Man Seeking Acquittal in Child Endangerment Case Where Pedestrian Was Killed

JULY 22, 2014

Supreme Court Decides When Juveniles May Be Classified as Sex Offenders

JULY 17, 2014

Supreme Court: Certain Contract Language Explicitly Transfers Risk of Nonpayment by Client to Subcontractor

Supreme Court: Former Westlake Judge Connected to Cuyahoga County Corruption Scandal Indefinitely Suspended

JULY 16, 2014

Supreme Court: Changes in Drug Possession Penalties Apply to Defendants Convicted Before, but Sentenced After, 2011 Law’s Effective Date

JULY 15, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court’s Decision on Cell Phone Searches

JULY 11, 2014

Fifth District: Former Fairfield County Fire Chief’s Appeal Denied

JULY 10, 2014

Fourth District: Arsonist’s Sentence Reversed by Appeals Court

Supreme Court: Convictions and Death Penalty of West Chester Man Upheld

JULY 9, 2014

Court of Claims Approves Highway Patrol Crash Settlement for $235,000

Supreme Court: Akron Judge Receives Public Reprimand

JULY 8, 2014

Supreme Court: Rule Mandating 10 Percent Cash Payment for Bail Is Unconstitutional

JULY 3, 2014

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Mandatory Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court

JULY 2, 2014

Supreme Court: July 4th-Related Case Centered on Shipping Fireworks Out of State

JUNE 20, 2014

Threats Made By Employee at Center of Case Before Supreme Court

JUNE 19, 2014

Supreme Court: Teen’s Constitutional Rights Not Violated by Excluding Her from Custody Hearing

JUNE 12, 2014

Supreme Court Suspends Willoughby, Columbus Attorneys

JUNE 11, 2014

Supreme Court Decides Payday Loan Case

JUNE 10, 2014

Supreme Court: Progressive Group Does Not Have Right to Challenge the Constitutionality of JobsOhio

JUNE 6, 2014

Supreme Court: Toledo Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Hearing Process for Camera Enforcement of Traffic Laws

JUNE 5, 2014

Supreme Court Orders Reopening of Sealed Records in Rape-Flier Case

JUNE 2, 2014

Court of Claims Awards $350,000 in Wrongful Death Claim of Inmate

MAY 29, 2014

Court of Claims approves UTMC botched kidney transplant settlement for $650,000

Supreme Court: For Tampering Conviction, Evidence Must Be Related to Ongoing or Likely Investigation

MAY 28, 2014

Supreme Court: Cleveland’s Curfew Ordinance for Public Square is Constitutional

MAY 27, 2014

Supreme Court Suspends Two Northeastern Ohio Attorneys

Supreme Court: Judge Receives One-Year Stayed Suspension

MAY 23, 2014

Court of Claims approves Ohio Lottery Commission winning ticket settlement for $710,000

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Outbound 911 Calls and Threats to Governor Are Public Record

MAY 22, 2014

Supreme Court Issues Stayed Suspension for Law Director

MAY 15, 2014

Supreme Court Reconsiders Property Tax Case Valuing Central Ohio Condos

MAY 14, 2014

Court of Claims Approves Ohio State University Settlement for Damaged Airplane

Supreme Court: Convictions and Death Sentence in 2009 Triple Murder in Canton Upheld

MAY 13, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty Appeal of Hamilton County Man in Murders of Two Women and Two Girls

Supreme Court: In RICO Cases, Threshold Amount for Corrupt Activity Applies to Each Individual not to Criminal Enterprise

MAY 9, 2014

Ninth District: Convicted Murderer’s Appeal is Denied

Supreme Court: State Opposes Sealing of Convictions Before Restitution is Paid

MAY 8, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Conviction and Death Penalty in Perrysburg Double Murder

Supreme Court Publicly Reprimands Former Rep. Mecklenborg

MAY 7, 2014

Supreme Court Rules That Collections Company and Non-Lawyer Civil Rights Advocate Practiced Law

MAY 6, 2014

Third District: Sex Offender’s Case Is Sent Back by Third District Appeals Court

APRIL 25, 2014

Supreme Court to Consider Timeframes for Filing Lawsuits in Child Sex Abuse Cases

APRIL 22, 2014

Supreme Court: Death Sentence of Butler County Man Upheld

Supreme Court: Cincinnati Attorney Suspended

APRIL 21, 2014

Court of Claims: Student Hit by Bus Settles Suit with The Ohio State University

APRIL 17, 2014

Supreme Court: Formal Request to Suppress Evidence Does Not Need Highly Detailed Statement of Facts and Law

APRIL 16, 2014

Supreme Court: Property Appraisal Amount Trumps Remote Sale Price When Setting Property Tax Values

APRIL 15, 2014

Third District: Appeals Court Makes Ruling in Former Kalida Coach’s Case

APRIL 4, 2014

Supreme Court to Consider Death Penalty Appeal from Man Who Shot Twinsburg Police Officer

MARCH 28, 2014

Toledo Law School to Host Supreme Court Oral Arguments

MARCH 27, 2014

Supreme Court: Cincinnati Attorney Who Falsified Documents Indefinitely Suspended

MARCH 26, 2014

Supreme Court: Unvested Military Retirement Benefits Earned During Marriage Qualify as Marital Asset

Supreme Court: Two Central Ohio Attorneys Suspended from Practice of Law

MARCH 25, 2014

Supreme Court: Common Pleas Court Did Not Have Jurisdiction to Review Legality of Court Costs Paid to Municipal Courts

Supreme Court Disbars Attorney, Suspends Attorney

MARCH 20, 2014

Supreme Court: Nontestimonial Autopsy Report Did Not Violate Sixth Amendment Confrontation Rights

MARCH 19, 2014

Supreme Court: Akron Official Not Improperly Holding Offices in Police Department

MARCH 13, 2014

Supreme Court Rules on Minimum and Consecutive Sentences for Certain Juvenile Offenses

Supreme Court: Cincinnati Attorney To Be Indefinitely Suspended

MARCH 12, 2014

Supreme Court: Courts Must Expressly Consider Youth as Mitigating Factor Before Imposing Life-Without-Parole Sentence on Juvenile

MARCH 11, 2014

Supreme Court Suspends Cleveland, Minford Attorneys

MARCH 10, 2014

Supreme Court: Youngstown Man Appeals Death Sentence for 1985 Murder of Neighbor

MARCH 6, 2014

Ninth District: Appeals Court Reverses Insurance Policy Cancellation Notice Before Premium Due Date

Supreme Court Rules Ohio’s Child-Enticement Law Too Broadly Written

MARCH 5, 2014

Supreme Court: New Appellate Counsel Entitled to Obtain Client’s Presentence Investigation Report For Appeal

FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Court of Claims approves $2.5 million Ohio Reformatory for Women Settlement

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Supreme Court: City to Argue for Local Laws Governing Oil and Gas Drilling

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Supreme Court: Man’s Appeal Challenging Sixth Trial Will Be Heard

Supreme Court: Appeals Court Must Reconsider Damages in Public Records Case

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

Supreme Court: In Three Cases, Supreme Court Finds that Non-Lawyers Practiced Law

FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Supreme Court: PUCO Decision Allowing Electric Charges Stands

Supreme Court: Reduced Penalty Applies When Amended Statute Takes Effect Before Sentencing

FEBRUARY 12, 2014

Supreme Court: Tenants’ Guests Protected by Ohio’s Landlord-Tenant Law

FEBRUARY 11, 2014

Third District: Appeals Court Finds Problems in Marion Arsonist’s Case

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

Supreme Court Case Had an Olympic Connection

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Fourth District: Co-Worker Entitled to Fellow Employee Immunity in Parking Lot Accident

Cleveland Man Convicted of Aggravated Murder Asks Court to Reverse His Death Sentence

JANUARY 31, 2014

1980 Hail Mary Pro Football Case Decided in Supreme Court

JANUARY 27, 2014

Court of Claims approves UT Medical Center Settlement

JANUARY 23, 2014

Supreme Court: Former Candidate for Prosecuting Attorney Receives Public Reprimand

JANUARY 22, 2014

Supreme Court Lifts Use Tax On Transient Boater

JANUARY 21, 2014

Supreme Court: Tow-Truck Law Hits Legal Bump

JANUARY 16, 2014

Supreme Court: Euclid Man’s Assault Falls Within Domestic Violence Law

JANUARY 15, 2014

Supreme Court Reinstates Felony Domestic Violence Conviction

JANUARY 14, 2014

Supreme Court: Mason Attorney Suspended

JANUARY 10, 2014

Ninth District: Appeals Court Upholds Woman’s Multi-Year Sentence

JANUARY 6, 2014

Supreme Court to Consider Death Penalty Appeal of Butler County Man