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Court To Hear Appeal In Guard's Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - (AP) The Supreme Court has agreed to consider reinstating a $625,000 judgment against Ohio prison officials who did nothing to prevent a guard's sexual assault of an inmate and then punished the victim. The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court that threw out...

Singer's Widow Settles For $4M In Ohio Jail Death

CLEVELAND - (AP) The widow of R&B singer Sean Levert has won a $4 million settlement of a lawsuit over his 2008 death in an Ohio jail. The agreement with Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County and a jail medical services contractor was reached late Wednesday in Cleveland federal court. It includes...

Government Sues 3 Biggest Credit Cards, Settles With 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa. "We want to put more money in consumers' pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies'...

High Court Rules For Prison Victim Of Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a $625,000 judgment against Ohio prison officials who did nothing to prevent a guard's sexual assault of an inmate and then punished the victim. The justices unanimously agreed that a federal appeals court was wrong to throw out the...

5 Sue Ohio Company Over Amish Fireplace Claims

CLEVELAND - (AP) Five people have sued an Ohio company over whether its fireplaces cut heating bills sharply and are made in the United States by Amish workers. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Cleveland federal court. It asks that it be made a class action on behalf of anyone with similar complaints...

N.Y. Attorney General Sues Online Tobacco Sites

MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) Six website operators are violating a state law that bans the online sale of tobacco to customers in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Schneiderman said lawsuits were filed a day earlier in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeking $5,000 in fines for each...

Court Dismisses Ohio Uranium Plant Contamination Lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio - (AP) Residents living near a Cold War-era nuclear weapons facility in southern Ohio settled a two-decade-old federal lawsuit over alleged hazardous chemical contamination in their neighborhoods, a lawyer for the plant's operators said Saturday. The undisclosed settlement was "substantially...

Anderson's The Law Of Professional Conduct In Ohio Describes New Standards

On Feb. 1, 2007, the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct replaced the Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility, a set of standards that had been in place since 1970. To reflect the new rules, Anderson's The Law of Professional Responsibility in Ohio has been revised by Susan J. Becker, Jack A. Guttenberg...

Kent State Sues Ex-Basketball Coach Over Departure

KENT, Ohio - (AP) Kent State University is suing former men's basketball coach Geno Ford for more than $1.2 million in damages over his recent departure for Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The lawsuit filed April 26 in a Portage County court alleges Ford had no permission to terminate his contract...

Rescuers Sue Ohio Woman They Saved From Burning Vehicle

MARION, Ohio - (AP) Two men honored as heroes for rescuing a woman from her burning sport utility vehicle after it crashed have sued her, claiming they're physical and emotionally scarred. The lawsuit , filed in central Ohio's Marion County by David Kelley and Mark Kincaid, seeks at least $25...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether RESPA Violation Is An Injury In Fact

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Nov. 28 on whether a property owner suffered an injury in fact under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when she bought title insurance from a company that allegedly paid kickbacks to get business from title insurance agents...

Medical Malpractice Caps In Action: What’s A Discarded Kidney Worth?

Picture yourself in the hospital with life threatening renal disease. Doctors tell you that your brother is a perfect match for a kidney transplant. Picture yourself as the brother. You agree to donate a kidney to save your sister. You both go under anesthesia. When you wake up, you learn that the surgery...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Subcontractors Beware - Ohio Supreme Court Upholds ‘Pay-If-Paid’ Provisions

By Eric J. Hulett and Matthew A. Brandt The Ohio Supreme Court recently changed the landscape in construction law when it held that a payment provision in a subcontract which included the term “condition precedent” was sufficient to transfer the risk of the owner’s non-payment from...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 10 Medical Malpractice Verdicts of 2014

During 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable medical malpractice verdicts from across the country. This informal list of top 10 cases captured our attention, so we thought you might like to hear about them. Our list includes substantial plaintiff’s...

Ohio Supreme Court Denies Residents’ Writ; Fracking Ballot Initiatives Fail

COLUMBUS, Ohio — (Mealey’s) A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Sept. 16 denied a writ of mandamus sought by residents who wanted to compel the Ohio secretary of State to reverse his decision and place on the November ballots for three counties charter measures that would allow voters to pass...

Nominal Damages Not Sufficient in Facebook Defamation Suit

An appellate court in Ohio determined that a man whose ex-girlfriend defamed him on Facebook did not receive fair compensation when he was only awarded $600 in damages, as the evidence was not competent and sufficient to support the trial court’s finding that the defamatory statements were only...