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Stay informed with OAJ's bimonthly e-newsletter containing information from the Ohio Statehouse, OAJ head quarters and newspapers from around the state. Look for the newsletter in your inbox on Thursday mornings every other week.


Supreme Court rules that contractor insurance doesn’t cover faulty workmanship
In a case where a contractor held both a general liability insurance policy plus a special rider to cover damages “arising out of completed operations” on work performed by subcontractors, the Ohio Supreme Court held an insurer is not required to defend a policyholder against suit by a property owner because subcontractor faulty workmanship is not an occurrence. 

Click here to link to: Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servs., Inc. Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-4057

OAJ registers concerns with a rule amendment limiting requests for admission
Thank you to all OAJ members who submitted comments to the Supreme Court objecting to a proposed rule amendment to Civil Rule 36 that limits the number of requests for admission to forty (40).  Comments were due by late September.  OAJ opposes the rule change for several reasons, as explained in a comment letter penned by OAJ President Sean Harris.   OAJ will report when we learn what the Court decides. 

Click here to download OAJ President Sean Harris’ comment letter 

OAJ PAC supports Judges Donnelly and Stewart for Ohio Supreme Court
After interviewing all four candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court, the OAJ PAC Board decided to lend its support to Judge Melody Stewart, who serves on the 8th District Court of Appeals, and Judge Michael P. Donnelly, who serves on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.  OAJ urges all members to support Judges Stewart and Donnelly.

Click here to link to Stewart for Ohio Supreme Court

Click here to link to Donnelly for Justice

2018 Winter Convention: Less than 2 weeks away!
Time is running out to register for the 2018 Winter Convention! Registration closes Friday, October 19th. Don't miss out on your chance to see this year's incredible lineup! Click here to register and view lineup.

OAJ Nursing Home Webinar
Nursing Home Negligence cases are document intensive and it is easy to find yourself quickly buried under mounds of institutional paper and client records. Join OAJ member, Nancy Iler, on November 15th to learn about the documents you need to open the doors to streamlining your litigation, clarifying your cause of action, and strengthening your Nursing Home Negligence case. Click here to register.

Webinar with Robson Forensic Expert
On December 3rd, Certified Master Arborist, Mark Webber will discuss some of the forensic techniques utilized when investigating devastating tree incidents. Some of the topics for discussion include investigating tree conditions after the incident and corresponding cleanup have occurred, utilizing publicly available information to discern growth rates and changing conditions, and understanding the responsibilities of property owners and municipalities to manage vegetation growth. Click here to register.

 

Workers’ comp attorney fees advancement increased
The Industrial Commission increased the maximum lump sum advancement for attorney’s fees for PTD awards, death benefits, scheduled loss or PPD awards from $10,000 to $15,000 and increased the maximum for expense reimbursement from $1,000 to $1,500.

The increases took effect on September 26, 2018. 

Click here to download: IC Resolution R18-1-08 Guidelines for Lump Sum Advancements for Attorney Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses 9.26.2018

OAJ comments on rule limiting requests for admission
OAJ expressed its opposition to a proposed rule amendment that limits the number of requests for admission to forty (40).  The deadline to submit comments was yesterday, the 26th. 

Click here to download the OAJ comment letter dated September 17, 2018

Click here to link to proposed rule amendments to Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Evidence, Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure

Statehouse exhibit to display state constitutions
A new exhibit featuring the 1802 and 1851 Ohio Constitutions will open in November at the statehouse museum.   

Click here to link to a Cleveland.com story: Ohio's constitutions set for public display after years in storage

The countdown has begun!
Our 2018 Winter Convention kicks off in less than a month! Take advantage of our early bird special and save $50 when you register today. Click here to view lineup and register.

Get your Blue Jackets tickets today!
We still have a few tickets left for our Membership Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 9th! Enjoy complimentary food and drinks in the private Sky Terrace sponsored by Robson Forensic. Puck drops at 7:00pm. Each member is eligible for 2 tickets. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone

Upcoming OAJ webinar
Nursing Home Negligence cases are document intensive and it is easy to find yourself quickly buried under mounds of institutional paper and client records. Join OAJ member, Nancy Iler, on November 15th to learn about the documents you need to open the doors to streamlining your litigation, clarifying your cause of action, and strengthening your Nursing Home Negligence case. Click here to register.