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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.


Undocumented workers disqualified for workers comp
Legislation banning workers’ compensation coverage for undocumented workers is likely to come up for a vote in the House Insurance Committee in late November.  OAJ opposes the bill and will testify against it at the next committee hearing.

Click here to link to HB 380

Register for our first ever trucking webinar series!
We are thrilled to have two prominent trucking attorneys, Andy Young and Joe Fried, present a 4 day webinar series January 8-11, 2018. The series will cover topics on trucking litigation, trucking technology, proving trucking standards of care and much more! Each webinar will run from 1:30pm - 2:45pm and each webinar is worth 1.25 CLE credit hours. 
The cost per webinar is $99 or you can purchase the 4 day bundle package for $300. Click here for more information and to register.

 

ACTION REQUIRED: Send comments in support of rule allowing exams to be recorded
The Ohio Supreme Court has published a positive amendment to Civ.R. 35, which: (1) provides our clients with the right to have any examination recorded; (2) provides our clients with the right to have a third-party present to perform the recording; and (3) explicitly limits the “interrogation” by the examining doctor to “matters specifically relevant to the scope of the examination.”   

OAJ supports this amendment and urges you to submit written comments.  Please follow the instructions and send your comments by November 22.

Click here to link to the proposed amendments to Ohio Rules of Practice and Procedure

No workers’ comp for undocumented workers
A first hearing was held on legislation that bans workers’ compensation coverage for undocumented workers.  OAJ opposes the bill because it punishes workers who have sustained major injuries and rewards unscrupulous employers who exploit undocumented workers.  The bill is pending in the House Insurance Committee.

Click here to link to HB 380

Click here to download sponsor’s testimony

Stopping corporations that intimidate with lawsuits
A newspaper or public interest group criticizes a corporation. The corporation retaliates by filing a lawsuit to bully and stifle the criticism.  Legislation that is intended to stop corporate bullying and protect free speech was introduced and had its first hearing in the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee. OAJ has concerns with the bill and will amend it to ensure the language does not hinder legitimate injury claims.

Click here to link to SB 206

Click here to download sponsor’s testimony

Electronic legal materials
Legislation setting out requirements for state agencies that publish official versions of legal materials has passed the Senate.  The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act has been sent to the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee.  OAJ supports the bill.

Click here to link to SB 139

We have some exciting news for you!
We are hosting a 4 day trucking webinar series with attorneys Andy Young & Joe Fried January 8-11, 2018. Topics include proper intake procedures, how to identify the story that needs to be told, how to prove rules through trucking corporate representative and safety personnel, and much more! Each webinar will run from 1:30pm - 2:45pm and each webinar is worth 1.25 CLE credit hours. The cost per webinar is $99 or you can purchase the 4 day bundle package for $300. Click here for more information and to register.