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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.


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.

 

Ohio lawmakers get down to work
After a month of planning, the Ohio General Assembly will soon start introducing legislation and holding hearings.  Committees with jurisdiction on OAJ issues are as follows:  

The House Civil Justice Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) will hear personal injury and medical negligence and general negligence legislation.

The House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati), will hear workers’ compensation as well as insurance legislation

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) will hear personal injury and medical negligence and general negligence legislation.

The Senate Transportation, Commerce & Labor Committee, chaired by Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), will hear workers’ compensation as well as transportation and other labor legislation.  

Click here to download the rosters of the above-mentioned committees.

Register Early 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.