• March 06, 2024

    Power Co. Can't Escape Explosion Fraud Claim

    An infrastructure supply company can't toss a fraud claim brought by an industrial company's insurers in a suit seeking to recoup $18.7 million in damages for a manufacturing facility explosion, an Ohio federal court ruled, finding that the carriers can bring both a breach of contract claim and a fraud claim.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ohio Neurologist Can't Shorten His Drug Kickback Sentence

    An Ohio federal judge ruled an imprisoned neurologist cannot shorten his 30-month sentence for conspiring to collect illegal kickbacks for prescribing Nuedexta, a drug used to treat patients who have uncontrollable fits of laughter or crying, stating that his victims' vulnerability exempts him from his requested reduction.

  • March 05, 2024

    Lordstown Ch. 11 Plan Confirmed After Settlements Reached

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge confirmed the Chapter 11 plan of electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors Corp. over the objection of the Office of the U.S. Trustee after finding that the debtor is eligible for a discharge of its liabilities.

  • March 05, 2024

    Tank Car Cos. Can Inspect Derailed Train Parts, Judge Says

    An Ohio federal magistrate judge said Tuesday that the National Transportation Safety Board must allow rail tank car owners facing claims in sprawling consolidated litigation to inspect crucial components from the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine last year.

  • March 05, 2024

    5th Circ. Judge Slams SEC's 'Loosey-Goosey' Proxy Rules

    The Fifth Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could shape the future of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's process for assessing requests to block certain shareholder proposals from proxy materials, with one judge casting doubt on the agency's argument that conservative Kroger Co. investors should sue the company directly if they are unhappy with attempts to block them from the corporate ballot.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ohio Pot Facility Explosion Sparks Suit Against Lighting Co.

    An Ohio cannabis grower and its insurer accused a lighting products company of failing to warn them about the dangers of its merchandise after one of its lamps allegedly exploded in a growth facility, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

  • March 05, 2024

    Aetna Accused Of 'Reprehensible' ER Services Underpayment

    Multiple Aetna health insurance entities were hit with a lawsuit in Ohio accusing them of "reprehensible systemic underpayments" to healthcare workers who provide emergency services, underpayments that the complaint said were damaging to the medical system.

  • March 04, 2024

    Judge Releases Entity From Ohio Hotel Sex Trafficking Suit

    A federal judge released a holding company from a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who accuses Choice Hotels International Inc., Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. and other hotel companies of failing to prevent her from being trafficked at four Ohio hotels.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ohio Metal Parts Maker, Workers Seek OK Of Wage Settlement

    An Ohio-based metal parts manufacturer and a pair of workers who alleged they were stiffed for untaken breaks and time spent changing into safety gear told an Ohio federal court Monday that they had resolved their Fair Labor Standards Act dispute.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ohio Agency Puts Discovery On Hold In FirstEnergy Probes

    The Ohio utilities commission will hold off discovery for its just-unfrozen investigations arising from FirstEnergy Corp.'s notorious bribery scandal after the state attorney general's office warned that compelling testimony from anyone allegedly involved in the scheme could make them immune from criminal prosecution.

  • March 01, 2024

    McNees Wallace White Collar Duo Joins Eastman & Smith

    A pair of white collar defense attorneys who recently represented the Ohio Republican Party's former chair in a $60 million bribery case have jumped ship from McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC to join Eastman & Smith Ltd.'s office in Columbus, the firm announced Friday.

  • March 01, 2024

    Kent State, Transgender Prof. Eye Early Wins In Bias Suit

    The three defendants in a transgender professor's suit accusing Kent State University and two university officials of discrimination and retaliation in the revocation of a promotion, as well as the professor, have all asked an Ohio federal court to grant early wins in the case. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Aon, Transport Co. To Pay $9M To End Workers' ERISA Suit

    A transportation company and its investment consultant will foot a $9 million bill to end a class action accusing them of running afoul of federal benefits law by replacing investment options in the company's retirement plan with subpar funds, according to a filing in Ohio federal court.

  • March 01, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Pillsbury, Cleary Gottlieb

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, First Advantage Corp. acquires Sterling Check Corp., International Game Technology spins off two subsidiaries, Disney merges its media operations in India with Reliance Industries, and Atlas Energy Solutions purchases Hi-Crush.

  • March 01, 2024

    Squire Patton Boggs Grows IP Team With Eaton Corp. Atty

    Squire Patton Boggs has added a patent and trademark attorney fresh off an in-house role at the power management firm Eaton Corp. to its intellectual property and technology practice group in Cleveland, where she will be of counsel.

  • February 29, 2024

    Lordstown To Pay $25M In SEC Probe Of Overhyped EVs

    Bankrupt automaker Lordstown Motors Corp. has agreed to return $25.5 million to shareholders who were allegedly drawn in by false assurances that the company had secured tens of thousands of pre-orders for electric trucks that it didn't even have the parts to build, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Cleveland Defeats Firefighter's Bias Suit Over Beard Policy

    The City of Cleveland escaped a firefighter's suit alleging he was forced into retirement when he refused to shave his beard because of a skin condition affecting Black men, with an Ohio federal judge finding the city's clean-shaven policy was in line with federal firefighting equipment regulations.

  • February 29, 2024

    Auto Co. Says $50M Policy Endorsement Covers COVID Loss

    An auto parts manufacturer is seeking $50 million in coverage for its COVID-19 pandemic-related losses in North Carolina federal court, claiming its policy's "unique" communicable disease provision was misrepresented when its insurer denied coverage for losses at its Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina locations.

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Recruited Objectors To Tank Vax Deal, Class Says

    Indianapolis-based law firm Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP is trying to unravel a settlement with Ascension Health Alliance because the firm wants to pursue its own class litigation, hospital staff told the Sixth Circuit in a brief filed Wednesday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Asking For Salary History Banned In Columbus, Ohio

    Employers in Columbus, Ohio, will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their salary history under a law set to take effect Friday.

  • February 29, 2024

    First Advantage To Buy Sterling Check Corp. For $2.2B

    Employment screening company First Advantage Corp. said Thursday it has agreed to acquire competitor Sterling Check Corp. in a cash and stock deal that values Sterling at about $2.2 billion, including debt.

  • February 28, 2024

    6th Circ. Rules Copyright Law Is For 'Dull' Stuff, Too

    The top appeals court judge at the Sixth Circuit has issued a precedential opinion insisting that "all manner of works," even stuff that's boring and "run-of-the-mine," can be protected by copyright law, affirming a judgment that stuck a business with more than $1 million in damages and fees for copying the terms and conditions used by a car-dealer loyalty program.

  • February 28, 2024

    4 Firms Plan To Co-Lead Suboxone Dental Decay MDL

    Attorneys from Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise LLP and three other law firms have asked an Ohio federal judge to appoint them co-lead counsel for the new multidistrict litigation over opioid addiction treatment Suboxone allegedly causing dental decay, with 14 other firms seeking appointment to plaintiff leadership committees.

  • February 28, 2024

    Plastic-Maker Says Insurers Must Cover Worker Death Suit

    Ohio-based manufacturer Encore Plastics took Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America and American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. to federal court, claiming both companies are violating their policies by refusing to defend or indemnify it in an underlying suit over one of its workers' death in an industrial accident.

  • February 27, 2024

    Mich. AG Backs Abortion Challenge, But Urges Narrow Block

    The Michigan attorney general on Tuesday backed a challenge from a group of reproductive healthcare clinics to abortion policies they argue violate the state's constitution, but told a state court that the injunction they requested could have collateral damage and advised a narrow block of the provisions. 

Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • 2nd Circ. OT Ruling Guides On Pay For Off-The-Clock Work

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    While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Must Navigate Patchwork Of State Regs

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    With only modest action by the federal government on the autonomous vehicle regulatory front in 2023, states and localities remain the predominant source of new regulations affecting AVs — but the result is a mix of rules that both help and hinder AV development and adoption, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Federal Policies Keeping Autonomous Vehicles In Slow Lane

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    In the first installment of this two-part article, attorneys at Faegre Drinker examine recent federal regulations and programs related to autonomous vehicles — and how the federal government's failure to implement a more comprehensive AV regulatory scheme may be slowing the progress of the industry.

  • The Case For Culture Assessments In Sports Programs

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    As hazing allegations against collegiate sports teams and subsequent lawsuits become more prevalent, culture assessments can be implemented as a critical tool to mitigate risks including hazing, lack of gender equity and racism in athletic programs, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • How Attys Can Weather The Next Disaster Litigation Crisis

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    On the heels of a number of damage catastrophes and ensuing litigation this summer alone, attorneys must recognize that it’s a matter of when, not if, the next disaster — whether natural or artificial — will strike, and formulate plans to minimize risks, including consolidating significant claims and taking remedial measures, says Mark Goldberg at Cosmich Simmons.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What FERC-PJM Negotiations Mean For The Energy Industry

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    Following the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliot, disputes associated with the PJM Interconnection settlement negotiations taking place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have brought to the fore a potential legal minefield arising out of extreme weather events that could lead to commercial risks for power generating companies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

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