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11th District decides Portage County attorney-client privilege dispute

A married couple claimed a Portage County trial court committed prejudicial error by ordering them to disclose will, trust and estate planning documents that are protected by the attorney-client privilege.
The 11th District Court of Appeals recently reversed the lower court’s judgment in part.
Appellants Bridget and Wa ... (full story)


Excessive force case against Akron police reversed

A Summit County trial court erred by dismissing excessive force claims filed by a hard-of-hearing dentist who was arrested by Akron police during a routine traffic stop, the 9th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Dr. Dale Leonhardt appealed the trial court’s decision granting summary judgment in favor of the city of ... (full story)


State


US says Nevada misrepresenting facts in plutonium fight

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada continues to intentionally misrepresent the facts in an ongoing legal battle over the Energy Department's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas, U.S. government lawyers say in new court filings.
Nevada wants a federal judge to order removal of the highly r ... (full story)


Amid doc's murder case, lawsuits reflect battle over blame

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COLUMBUS (AP) — In the year since an Ohio hospital system announced an intensive care doctor had ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died, the allegations led to murder charges against him, lawsuits, firings and potential disciplinary action for some of his colleagues.
As the criminal case moves ... (full story)


Tax credit for low-income families to counter pay-to-play policies proposed

A Canal Winchester lawmaker invoked the name of Ohio sports royalty during sponsor testimony of a plan aimed at making sure poor Ohio families can afford the common pay-to-play policies at most public schools these days.
"I am bringing forth this legislation because I do not believe that a family's income level should be a ... (full story)


Attorneys advise employers on workplace violence policies/training

When two teenagers opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 people and wounding over 20 others, it sent shockwaves through the nation.
At the time, the April 20, 1999 shooting spree was an anomaly.
But today such tragedies are all too common, with the FBI reporting 277 active shooter incident ... (full story)


Technology


OBLIC starts fifth year of cyber insurance coverage

The Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company is entering into its fifth year of offering cybersecurity (cyber breach) insurance to Ohio lawyers, and the effort to add that protection to the company’s basic legal malpractice coverage was well worth it, said President and CEO Steve Couch.
“We have had four solid years&rdq ... (full story)