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DECEMBER 23, 2020

Time Limit for Medical Malpractice Cases Prevents Claims against Spine Surgeon

Law Against Carrying Gun while Intoxicated Ruled Constitutional

DECEMBER 22, 2020

Driving on Outer Edge Line Not Traffic Violation

DECEMBER 17, 2020

Newspaper Notice Allowed after Reasonable Search for Unknown Oil and Gas Rights Owners

Death Penalty Overturned for Portage County Man Who Killed College Student

DECEMBER 16, 2020

Doctor’s Revised Will Written on Index Card Rejected

Sufficient Evidence from Drug House Proved Pattern of Corrupt Activity

DECEMBER 15, 2020

Flower Shop’s Use of Competitor’s Name on Website Not Deceptive Sales Practice

Doctor’s Admission to Medical Board Can Be Used in Criminal Case

DECEMBER 10, 2020

Father Entitled to Records Involving Son’s Student Sex Conviction

Death Penalty Upheld for Man Who Killed Two Women in Ashland

DECEMBER 9, 2020

Regulator Must Reconsider Authority to Oversee Utility Resellers

DECEMBER 8, 2020

Patient Can Pursue Hospital Suit for Alleged Abuse by Uncharged Doctor

DECEMBER 3, 2020

Teen’s Sex Crimes Confession to Caseworker Can Be Used in Court

Association Directors Not Immune from Lawsuit

DECEMBER 2, 2020

Court Must Consider Two State Laws on Oil and Gas Rights

Attorney Disbarred for Practicing under Suspension

DECEMBER 1, 2020

Regulator Must Recalculate Ohio Edison 2017 Earnings

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Video of Judge Shooting Must Be Released By Jefferson County

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Court of Claims: State Health Department Must Release Hospital Records

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

City Does Not Qualify as ‘Victim’ under Voter-Approved Victim’s Rights Law

Court Decides Utility Cases from Delaware, Harrison Counties

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Rape Sentence Cannot Be Increased Without Jury Considering Use or Threat of Force

Kindergartner Bullying Case: Toledo Educators Cannot Be Sued

NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Court of Claims: University Police Files and Title IX Investigation Ruled Public Records

NOVEMBER 5, 2020

Legislature Can Centralize Local Business Taxes, Court Rules

School Not Required to Release Records of Deceased Dayton Shooter

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Reemployed Retirees Can Pursue Legal Claim for Health Insurance Subsidies

OCTOBER 21, 2020

Judge Authorized to Impose One-Year Prison Term for Failure to Complete Treatment Programs

OCTOBER 20, 2020

Court Upholds Heroin Dealer’s Conviction for Death of User

OCTOBER 14, 2020

Attorney Fees Denied for Wendy’s Owner Who Won Licking County Highway Access Dispute

OCTOBER 13, 2020

Stolen Property Values Can Be Combined to Increase Theft Charge Regardless of Victim’s Status

OCTOBER 8, 2020

Court Clarifies Process for Terminating Shared-Parent Plans

OCTOBER 7, 2020

State Cannot Challenge Erroneous Prison Sentence 18 Years Later

OCTOBER 6, 2020

Toledo-Area Lawyer’s False and Inflammatory Accusations Leads to Suspension

OCTOBER 1, 2020

Amazon Not Liable for Teen’s Death from Pure Caffeine Powder

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Court Need Not Instruct Jury to Consider Lesser Charge in Child Murder Case

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Lucas County Judge Sanctioned for Interfering in Another Judge’s Case

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Death Penalty Upheld for Kentucky Man Who Killed Ex-Girlfriend on Ohio Highway

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Court Clarifies Rule on Admissibility of ‘Other-Acts’ Evidence

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Utility Regulator Lacked Jurisdiction to Consider Meter-Reading Error

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Put-in-Bay’s Tax on Rental Vehicles Constitutional


Jail-Time Credit Not Awarded for Time under House Arrest

AUGUST 27, 2020

Lawyer Suspended after Accusing Court of Scheming against Her

AUGUST 26, 2020

Workers Cannot Claim Invasion of Privacy after Direct-Observation Urine Tests

AUGUST 25, 2020

County Commissioners Can Proceed with Hospital Trustee Removal Effort

AUGUST 20, 2020

Malpractice Case Commenced Too Late to Sue Retired Anesthesiologist, Medical Providers

AUGUST 19, 2020

Court Suspends Cincinnati Attorney Who Failed to Comply with Federal Court Rules

AUGUST 18, 2020

Court Affirms Death Resentencing in Teen Murders

AUGUST 13, 2020

Appeals Court Directed to Determine Validity of Man’s Request to Represent Himself

AUGUST 12, 2020

Franklin County Judge Reprimanded for Drunken Driving Conviction

AUGUST 11, 2020

Law Directing Drivers to Stay in Lanes Arrives at Supreme Court

AUGUST 4, 2020

Prior Decision on Payment of Court Costs Applied to Three Cases

JULY 30, 2020

Court Confirms Postrelease Control Sanction Can Be Challenged Only on Direct Appeal

JULY 29, 2020

Conviction Not Required to Pursue Civil Lawsuit Based on Criminal Acts

JULY 28, 2020

Fugitive Doctor Challenges Former Patients’ Right to Sue

JULY 23, 2020

Immigrant Charged with Sex Crimes Cannot Withdraw Plea Based on Faulty Legal Advice

New Trial Based on Juror’s Letter Expressing Regret Denied

JULY 22, 2020

Death Penalty Affirmed for the Murderer of Disabled Youngstown Woman

JULY 21, 2020

Death Penalty Affirmed for East Cleveland Killer Who Killed Three Women

JULY 16, 2020

Mercedes Owner Cannot Sue Company after Not Properly Opting Out of Class-Action Lawsuit

Father-Son Attorneys Suspended for Trial Antics, Disparaging Judge on Facebook

JULY 15, 2020

Noncriminal Violations of Community Control Can Lead to Extended Prison Sentences

JULY 14, 2020

Prosecutor and News Media Debate Release of Video from Judge Shooting

JULY 2, 2020

Courts Not Required to Consider Defendant’s Ability to Pay When Weighing Court Costs

JULY 1, 2020

County Not Obligated to Pay Judge’s Legal Fees for Courtroom Control Dispute

JUNE 30, 2020

Educators Resist Lawsuit Arising from Kindergarten Bullying Incident

Class Action Improper to Challenge Recouping Medicaid Money from Personal-Injury Lawsuits

JUNE 25, 2020

Court Approves Annexation of Central State University Land Via Bike Trail

JUNE 24, 2020

City Blocked from Using Traffic-Camera Violations Appeals Process

JUNE 18, 2020

Court Upholds Woman’s Life Sentence for Conspiring to Kill Informant

Spouse’s Mental Health Records May Be Revealed in Child Custody, Spousal Support Cases

Columbus Attorney Convicted for Child Pornography Possession Indefinitely Suspended

JUNE 17, 2020

Repeat-Offender Penalty Cannot Be Imposed for Earlier Sex Crime

Lorain Attorney Indefinitely Suspended for Neglecting Several Clients

JUNE 16, 2020

Court’s Ban on Future Social Media Postings about Relatives Unconstitutional

Mansfield Attorney Suspended for Dodging Malpractice Settlement Payment

JUNE 11, 2020

Paralegal Who Lied about Working Under Attorney’s Supervision Fined $5,000

Lucas County Judge Publicly Reprimanded for Attempting to Scuttle Drunken-Driving Charge

JUNE 10, 2020

Laser Speed-Detector Results Admissible Without Expert Witness Verification

JUNE 9, 2020

Tug of War over Ohio’s Oil and Gas Riches Rolls on

MAY 27, 2020

Error in Jury Selection Did Not Automatically Require a New Trial

Portage County Attorney Suspended for Illegally Thwarting Client’s Prosecution

MAY 26, 2020

Searchers for ‘Red Flags’ in Shooter’s School Records Challenge Claim that Privacy Laws Block Release

‘Senior Paralegal’ Engaged in Unauthorized Practice of Law

MAY 21, 2020

Adult Registration as Sex Offender Based on Juvenile Court Orders Constitutional

MAY 20, 2020

Middletown Lawyer Who Asked Client for Painkillers Indefinitely Suspended

MAY 14, 2020

Failure to Properly Impose Postrelease Control Renders Sentence Voidable But Not Void

MAY 13, 2020

Takeover of Academically Distressed School Districts Ruled Constitutional

Cleveland-Area Lawyer Indefinitely Suspended for Role in Investment Scam

MAY 12, 2020

Toledo Lawyer Suspended, Must Pay Clients $30,000 for Neglecting Cases

MAY 7, 2020

New Owners of Old Auto Parts Maker Entitled to New Unemployment Tax Rate

Attorney Who Owned Mobile Phone Business Suspended for Tax Fraud

MAY 6, 2020

Auto Policy Can Be Cancelled If Policyholder Misstated Information When Applying

MAY 5, 2020

Cities Attack State Takeover of Municipal Taxes as Violation of Home Rule Powers

APRIL 23, 2020

Single Insurance Policy Does Not Have to Cover Damages Occurring Over Several Years

Mason Attorney Suspended for Neglecting Client Matters

APRIL 22, 2020

Rape Shield Blocks Questions about Accuser’s Nonconsensual Sexual Activity

Akron Attorney Suspended after Soliciting Sex from Undercover Officer Posing as Minor

APRIL 21, 2020

Family Wants Amazon to Pay for its Role in Sale of Dangerous Product that Killed Teen Athlete

Event Barn’s Mandatory Homegrown Wine Purchases Exempts It from Zoning Restrictions

Court Suspends Lawyer Convicted for Illegally Taking More than $128,000 from Client

APRIL 16, 2020

Juvenile Court Lost Right to Send Serious Youthful Offender to Adult Prison

Childrens Service Agency Can Seek Permanent Custody of Children after 12 Months of Care

APRIL 15, 2020

Court Orders New Trial for Cuyahoga County Woman Charged with Assaulting Police Officer

APRIL 14, 2020

Portage County Judge Reprimanded for Drunken Driving Conviction

MARCH 31, 2020

Father Seeks Records in Adult Son’s Sex-Offense Case Involving Student

MARCH 26, 2020

Expert Witnesses Must Hand Over Written Reports at Least 21 Days before Testifying

MARCH 25, 2020

Creditor Cannot Use Indemnification Law to Collect Judgments Won against Police Officers

Summit County Court Improperly Enhanced Attorney-Fee Award

MARCH 24, 2020

Motorist Can Leave Accident Scene after Spending Reasonable Time Waiting for Police

MARCH 19, 2020

Juvenile Court’s 90-Day Limit to Conduct Supervision or Custody Hearings Is Mandatory

Cincinnati Lawyer Indefinitely Suspended for Neglecting Client Matters

MARCH 18, 2020

Being Members of Same Family Cannot Be Sole Ground for Impaired-Consent Rape Charge

MARCH 17, 2020

Part-Time Sylvania Prosecutor Suspended for Lying to Judge

MARCH 12, 2020

Payment for Deposition Transcripts Cannot Be Recouped as Court Costs

MARCH 11, 2020

Pickaway County Township Can Only Restrict, Not Prohibit, Gravel Mining Operation

Former Delaware County Judge Receives Two-Year Suspension

MARCH 10, 2020

Trial Courts Can Resentence Defendants After Portions of Sentences Are Overturned

MARCH 5, 2020

Law Enforcement Can Obtain Wiretap Warrants in County Where Cell Phone Is Used

Woman with Long History of Large Debt and Legal Entanglements Can Take Bar Exam in 2020

MARCH 3, 2020

Health Center, Patient Clash Over Need to Pursue Sexual Assault Claim Against Doctor Before Suing Hospital

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Racially Biased Juror Leads to New Trial for Hamilton County Man Sentenced to Death

FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Minimal Payment of Child Support Does Not Retain Right to Stop Adoption

FEBRUARY 25, 2020

Prosecutor Can Appeal Manslaughter Conviction Overturned by Trial Court

Court Suspends Lawyer Who Repeatedly Violated Protection Order, Failed Drug Tests

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Search Recovering Teacher’s Recording of Girls Undressing at School Ruled Lawful

FEBRUARY 19, 2020

Adult May Prove ‘Reasonable Parental Discipline” to Avoid Child-Injury Conviction

FEBRUARY 18, 2020

Constitutionality of Law Prohibiting Firearm Use While Intoxicated Challenged

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Wrongful Termination Claim Not Allowed in Case Involving Unemployment Reporting Dispute

Logan County Lawyer Reprimanded for Seeking to Represent Jailed Woman

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Interstate Pipeline’s Transactions Occurring Solely within the State Can Be Taxed

FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Court Approves More than Doubling of New Albany Apartment Complex Value to $34.5 Million

Lawyer Turned Local Police Chief in Mahoning County Receives Stayed Suspension

FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Cleveland’s Claim of Workers’ Compensation Belongs in Court of Claims

FEBRUARY 4, 2020

Stalking Protection Order’s Ban on Internet Posting Draws Freedom of Speech Protest

JANUARY 23, 2020

Debt Settlement Company Fined $1,000 for the Unauthorized Practice of Law

JANUARY 22, 2020

Court Upholds Extension of Ohio Power Rate Plan

Two Cuyahoga County Lawyers Suspend for Attempting to Collect Excessive Fee

JANUARY 21, 2020

Company and Employees Battle over Drug-Testing Method

Dayton Attorney Suspended for Failing to Follow Through on Client Matters

Additional Sanctions Placed on Previously Suspended Mahoning County Prosecutor Candidate

JANUARY 16, 2020

Insurers Not Obligated to Help Lawyers Get Paid When Cases Settle Out of Court

JANUARY 15, 2020

State Must Compensate Licking County Restaurant Owner for Cutting Off Highway Access

JANUARY 2, 2020

Supreme Court Hears Offender’s Court Costs Issue