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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.


Ohio legislature returns
The Ohio General Assembly has reconvened.  Session is scheduled to extend into mid-December.   Here are some of the bills on which OAJ is advocating.

  • Renames BWC and deducts PTD award from retirement benefits (HB 269) – in House insurance committee
     
  • Creates new sub-category of self-insured employers (HB 268) – in House insurance committee
     
  • Gives hospital control of patient records (HB 172) – in House health committee
     
  • Cap on damages does not apply to rape, sexual assault victims (HB 20) – in House government accountability & oversight committee
     
  • Rewrites Ohio structured settlement law (HB 223) – passed House; in Senate judiciary committee
     
  • Police crash reports not to be used for solicitations (SB 148 and HB 331) – in Senate local government, public safety & veteran affairs committee
  • Requires notice to business alleging ADA violation (HB 271) – in House civil justice committee

Supreme Court ruling settles issue found in medical negligence legislation
In Stewart v Vivian, the Court unanimously agreed that Ohio’s “apology statute” shields apologies that include admissions of fault.   OAJ opposes such an expansion from apology to fault being inadmissible in legislation that is now pending in a House committee.  OAJ has other concerns with the bill, such as elimination of loss of chance and wiping out any ability to name additional defendants after 180 days.

Click to link to Sub HB 7 which is the version now before the House Civil Justice Committee

Click here to link to CNO news: Admissions of Fault when Coupled with Apologies Cannot Be Used in Lawsuits

Immunity for volunteer surgeons
Legislation has been introduced granting civil immunity to doctors and other health care providers who treat indigent, uninsured patients for free.  Current law grants doctors with immunity for treating indigent, uninsured patients at certified free health clinics.  The immunity applies only to office-based treatment or services, not surgery that involves general anesthesia, which this bill allows.  OAJ opposes the bill.  It has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Click here to link to SB 177

Registration for the 2017 Trucking Litigation Seminar and Case Framing with Mark Mandell ends soon!
Registration for our upcoming one day CLE programs ends next Wednesday, September 20th. Walk-in registrations will be welcome for both seminars. Click here to view more information about each seminar and to register.

Register early for the 2017 Winter Convention and save $100!
This year's Winter Convention will be held November 1-3, 2017 at the new Hilton in downtown Cleveland. Don't miss out on the early bird special and register today! Click here to view the speaker lineup and to register.

 

Raid on BWC/IC funds
The Kasich Administration has agreed in writing not to execute a transfer of funds from the Bureau and Industrial Commission operating budgets to the state treasury. A transfer was authorized in the new biennial state budget bill.  The Kasich Administration also will not oppose efforts to enact legislation repealing the authority to transfer these funds. Naturally, OAJ will support passage of the repeal legislation.

Last chance to save on registration for the 2017 Trucking Litigation Seminar
Tomorrow is the last day to save $30 on registration for this year's Trucking seminar! At this seminar you’ll learn everything from how to dig deep and win cases through lay witnesses and investigative discovery to how to pick the right jury for your case. Click here to view the lineup and to register.

Don't Miss the Case Framing with Mark Mandell Seminar
At this seminar, you will learn the newest innovation in preparing and trying your cases. Developed by AAJ Past President Mark Mandell, the Case Framing paradigm relies on the latest research in decision science and psychology to help you find the overall case frame, identify the "I Just Can't Get Over" issues, and echo those issues throughout trial. The underlying premise is that just verdicts result when everything presented at trial is framed and sequenced to focus juror attention on the points you most want to make. Your case is about what you focus it on—focus the jury's attention on what actually matters. Click here to register.

Register early for the 2017 Winter Convention and save $100!
This year's Winter Convention will be held November 1-3, 2017 at the new Hilton in downtown Cleveland. Don't miss out on the early bird special and register today! Click here to view the speaker lineup and to register.