WC For Firefighters with Cancer Passes Ohio Senate
The Senate recently passed legislation creating a presumption that firefighters diagnosed with cancer incurred the disease while on the job, making them eligible for workers’ comp coverage. The bill now goes to the House. OAJ supports the legislation and is working with the firefighters union and the sponsor, Sen. Tom Patton of Strongsville, to pass it.
Click here to link to SB 27
Employers to Avoid WC Charges on Subrogated Claims
Legislation will soon be enacted that allows employers to avoid having a WC claim charged against their experience when it is likely to be subrogated and repaid by a third party. This addresses a scenario where an employee is injured in an auto accident while on the job. Employers objected to having the claim charged against them when the claim cost ultimately would be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance.
An amendment was added that eliminates the requirement that employers have at least 500 employees to be self-insured.
The bill will soon pass the Senate. Then it goes to the Governor.
Click here to link to HB 207
Interstate Deposition Bill Passes Senate
Legislation establishing a simple procedure for courts in Ohio to issue subpoenas for out-of-state depositions has passed the Senate. The out-of-state subpoena would be filed with the clerk in the court when the person resides, and the clerk would issue the subpoena just as if it were an Ohio subpoena. OAJ supports the bill, which now goes to the House.
Click here to link to SB 171
OAJ Writes Board about Attorney-Client Fee Disputes
In a letter to the Board of Professional Conduct, the OAJ expressed its opposition to consideration of a change to Rule 1.5 that would compel attorney-client fee disputes to be submitted to arbitration or mediation. Thanks to Ethan Vessels, Dan Modarski and Scott Smith who reviewed the issue and drafted OAJ’s comment letter.
Click here to open OAJ’s letter commenting on possible amendment to Rule 1.5
Dewine has Huge Fundraising Advantage For Supreme Court
Judge Pat DeWine has more cash on hand than the other three high court candidates combined. Judge DeWine is sitting on a campaign war chest of $538,000 while his opponent in the general election, Judge Cynthia Rice, has $76,000 on hand. In the other race Judge John O'Donnell has $61,000 on hand while his opponent, Judge Fischer, has $29,000 after spending heavily to dispatch opponent Judge Colleen Mary O'Toole in the Republican primary.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is running unopposed for re-election and did not actively fundraise in the period.
Campaign finances will not be reported again until October 27.
OAJ PAC supports Judges O’Donnell and Rice for the Supreme Court.
OAJ Annual Convention - NEXT WEEK!
Walk-In Registations Welcome! Join OAJ May 4-6 at the Hilton at Easton for the 2016 Annual Convention. Sessions this year include: New Trends in Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Family Law, Professional Conduct, Workers' Compensation, Trucking Litigation, Mass Torts, Medical Malpractice, and New Lawyers Training.
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