AUGUST 18th, 2016
Supreme Court clarifies plaintiff communication with employees during litigation
In an effort to answer when a plaintiff attorney who represents an interest adverse to a corporation may communicate with current and former employees was issued recently by the Court’s Board of Professional Conduct (Advisory Opinion 2016-5).
Click here to link to Advisory Opinion 2016-5
Supreme Court to draft rule amendment to clarify legal advice on new medical marijuana law
After issuing an advisory opinion saying that Ohio lawyers can’t help clients establish or operate such a business, the Court subsequently directed its staff to draft an amendment to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct that would clarify the services attorneys can offer clients on this matter.
Click here to link to Advisory Opinion 2016-6 Ethical Implications for Lawyers under Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law
Click here to link to story: Ohio Supreme Court to Address Medical Marijuana Issue
OAJ comments on proposed judicial superintendence rule
An amendment proposed to Superintendence Rule 39 (Case Time Standards) would change the current guidelines to standards with a 95% compliance standard for judges to clear civil actions within 24 months. OAJ’s concern is that judges will view standards as rigid deadlines and will rarely grant continuances in civil actions.
Click here to link to the Proposed Amendment to Rule 39 on Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio
Click here to view OAJ’s letter to the Court on the proposed amendment to Rule 39
Medical records must be provided promptly and at reasonable cost, federal official says
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, states in a letter to OAJ member William C. Knapp that “covered entities” (health care providers) must provide an individual’s “personal health information” within 30 days at a reasonable cost. The letter states the fee for providing medical records may not include certain costs “even if such costs are authorized by State law.”
For those contending with health care providers who stonewall your attempts to acquire client medical records, this letter should be of assistance.
Click here to download HHS letter on medical records 8.11.2016
Register your clients to vote
One way you can help elect qualified judges is to make sure your clients and family members are registered to vote.
Here are some items to assist you:
• Click here to download a sample letter you can send your clients urging them to register to vote
• Click here to download a voter registration form that your clients can complete and send to their County
Board of Elections
• A link to check the status of your client’s voter registration - http://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/
• A link to change your client’s voter registration address - https://olvr.sos.state.oh.us/ovru/ModifyAddress.aspx
The DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE is OCTOBER 11. Unless your client or family member is registered, their vote will not count.
Save the date for OAJ's 2016 Winter Convention!
This year's annual Winter Convention is November 3-4 in Cleveland at the Metropolitan at the 9. Space is limited so be sure to register and book your room today! Click here for more information and to register.
Trucking Safety Seminar: September 22
Join us for our fifth annual Trucking Safety Seminar! This CLE standalone will host an experienced panel of lawyers and experts who will address topics such as tires and truck crashes, difficulties with the police, the hiring of truck drivers and much more. Click here to register.