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Proportionality-in-discovery rules comment deadline!
On January 2, the Court received 24 oppositional comments to the proposed amendment. Including the first comment period, the court has seen more than 80 oppositional comments. However, the proportionality-in-discovery rules rule amendments have continued through the process.

The Court continued that process on Jan 15 by filing the rule amendments with the legislature yesterday.

The Court may make revisions to these rules and amendments before May 1st. After that date, the final rule amendments will go into effect unless the General Assembly passes a concurrent resolution of disapproval by June 31.

Click here for the latest draft of the rules.

A new Quarterly is out
The first Quarterly of 2020 came out last week. The publication features insightful articles about mass torts, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, and much more! Click here to read.

Mark your calendars!
The 2020 Annual Convention is set for May 6th-8th at the Hilton in Easton. We will be opening registration and announcing the lineup very soon! We have a few Monte Carlo sponsorships available for OAJ firms. If you are interested in sponsoring an item please email kjohnstone@oajustice.org.

Few tickets left for OAJ Membership Night with CBJ
We have a handful of tickets left for our Membership Night on February 4th with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The game starts at 7:00pm and there will be complimentary food and drinks sponsored by Robson Forensic. Each member is eligible for 2 tickets. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone.

Webinar Calendar
A new webinar on autonomous cars has been added to the OAJ CLE calendar. Click here for more information.

 

Proportionality-in-discovery rules comment deadline!
Today is the deadline to submit comments in opposition to a proposed amendment to the civil rules that would adopt proportionality-in-discovery. Despite widespread opposition to the proposal, including the OAJ, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, and others the Court is still pursuing the amendment. Please express your concern to the Court, today.   

Please email comments with your full name and regular mailing address to Jesse Mosser, Interim Judicial and Legislative Affairs Counsel at the Ohio Supreme Court at Jesse.Mosser@sc.ohio.gov.  

Ohio Legislative Schedule
The Ohio House and Ohio Senate have set their schedules for the first half of 2020. Both chambers will be coming back from winter break in late January for a brief few weeks to work on the Capital Budget and other legislation. They are expected to take a break in February and March for primary election campaigning. Spring sessions will see significant legislative action before the General Assembly breaks in June though the election in November.   

Primary Election on March 17th  
Ohio’s primary election will be held on March 17, with early absentee voting beginning on February 19. Our primary is about the halfway point for elections across the country, so Democratic presidential race may still be hotly contested. Arizona, Florida and Illinois will also hold primaries on March 17.  

Many Ohio General Assembly districts will have primary elections. Some of those races may decide the general election as well, as House Republicans are only fielding candidates in 94 races and House Democrats have candidates in 83 districts. 

Only 16 Ohio Senate districts, 11 of which feature an incumbent candidate, are up for election in 2020. Primary elections for races in central and northeast Ohio look to be very competitive.  

Regardless of where you live, please vote in the March election.  

Time is running out to register!
Have you registered for the 3-day trucking webinar series with attorney Michael Leizerman? The series begins January 13th and runs until the 15th! Each webinar is from 3:00pm - 4:30pm and each webinar is worth 1.50 CLE credit hours. The cost per webinar is $99 or you can purchase the 3 day bundle package for $250.

Membership Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets - February 4, 2020
Join OAJ for Membership Night on February 4th with the Columbus Blue Jackets sponsored by Robson Forensic. The game starts at 7:00pm and there will be complimentary food and drinks in the exclusive Scott's Turf Terrace. Each member is eligible for 2 tickets. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone.