Caps would not apply to rape victims
OAJ supports legislation that would make an exception to Ohio’s limits on noneconomic damages for victims of rape and sexual assault. Introduced by Rep. Anne Gonzales and Rep. Kristin Boggs, the bill has been referred to the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee.
Click here to link to HB 20
Medical negligence tort reform proposed
Extending Ohio’s apology law to make a physician’s statement of fault inadmissible is one of ten proposed reforms in legislation advanced by Rep. Bob Cupp. OAJ’s Patient Advocacy Task Force is working to defeat or significantly amend the bill. The House Civil Justice Committee has held one hearing on the bill.
Click here to link to HB 7
Click here to download Rep. Cupp’s sponsor testimony
Ohio anti-discrimination in employment laws under assault
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce wants the legislature to enact a bill that guts Ohio’s legal protections for victims of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. The OAJ is working with the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association to defeat or amend the bill. The House economic development, commerce & labor committee has held one hearing on the bill.
Click here to link to HB 2
Click here to download Rep. Seitz’s sponsor testimony
BWC proposes to dismiss C-92 backlog
Tucked in its biennial budget legislation, the Bureau proposes to dismiss thousands of dormant C-92 applications where the claimant has failed to appear for a medical exam. OAJ wants to amend the provision to provide the applicant with due process to preserve their application. The bill has been sent to the House Insurance Committee.
Click here to link to HB 27
Don't miss our Insurance Law webinar on February 28th
Join OAJ member Brian Wilson on February 28th as he presents a webinar that will help you identify the scenarios where a flimsy claim of comparative negligence is raised, and practical and legal strategies for overcoming them. He will also discuss the thorny issue of dealing with legitimate claims of comparative negligence in discovery or trial. Click here to view more details about the webinar and to register.
Register Early for Annual Convention and Save $100
The 2017 Annual Convention will be held May 3rd-5th at the Hilton in Easton in Columbus, Ohio. We have a great lineup of speakers, including trial consultant David Ball, and a lot of fun social events planned for you! Register today and save $100 off regular price. Click here to view speaker lineup and to register.