Sexual Predators Return to Ask for Legal Protection
Legislation that would decimate Ohio’s existing discrimination laws, including a court decision that holds managers accountable for sexual harassment, was recently introduced in the Ohio Senate. This bill has been on the Ohio Chamber’s wish list for years, but has never been enacted. OAJ is working with the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association and a coalition to defeat the bill again this session.
Click here to link to SB 268
Big Oil Seeks Immunity
A House committee is considering legislation that would grant civil immunity to oil refiners, distributors and gas station owners for damage done to engines when the consumer dispenses incompatible fuel. Supporters say immunity is needed to allay fears among station owners who fear lawsuits if motorists ruin their engines by dispensing E85 or similar alternative fuels into cars that don’t take these fuels. But the supporters are unable to point to a single lawsuit in Ohio. Rick Topper testified against the bill for OAJ.
Click here to link to HB 186
Click here to open Rick Topper’s testimony in opposition to HB 186
OAJ Submits Comments on Supreme Court Rule Amendments
The OAJ filed comments on a proposed amendment to Civil Rule 10(D) – affidavit of merit and a related change to the Rules of Evidence 601. Comments on the proposed amendments are due February 18, 2016.
Click here to link to the proposed rule amendments
Click here to open OAJ’s comment letter by Michael Shroge as Chair of OAJ’s Patient Advocacy Task Force
OAJ Annual Convention - Registration OPEN
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. Sign up early to save on your registration.
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OAJ Leadership Nominations Now Open
Nominations are now open for OAJ Officer (Secretary), Trustee (District Trustee, two year term), and AAJ Governor. Click the below link to nominate yourself or another OAJ member. Nominations close at 5:00 PM on February 5th.
CLICK HERE to make a nomination
SAVE THE DATE: OAJ Membership Night at the Blue Jackets Game
Spend an evening with your fellow OAJ members at the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game on Tuesday March 8th. Each OAJ member gets two tickets to the game, while supplies last. Mark your calendar now and RSVP to Erin Dawley at ErinD@OAJustice.org