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Lawsuit filed to block ban on solicitation
A group of chiropractors has filed a federal lawsuit to stop a new law prohibiting health care practitioners and others from contacting victims listed on police reports for 30 days.  The prohibition was included in the state budget bill that passed in July. 

Click here to download the prohibition on solicitation for 30 days found in HB 166, the biennial state budget bill

Click here to link to Cleveland Plain Dealer story: Chiropractors sue Ohio over budget provision barring immediate contact with motorists involved in car crashes

Medicaid lien letters
In a recent meeting with OAJ leaders, HMS, the contractor that manages tort recovery for the Ohio Department of Medicaid, reported it has completed beta testing on Solaris Plus, its enhanced web portal, and added more phone lines.  More importantly, HMS has hired more case workers to respond to attorney inquiries. Over the next few months, HMS will roll out Solaris Plus to law firms across the state.   OAJ has urged HMS and the Department to improve their response time to attorney requests for lien letters. 

Supreme Court hears BWC case
This week the state argued before the Ohio Supreme Court that Cleveland filed a lawsuit in the wrong court when it won a $4.5 million judgement against the Bureau of Workers' Compensation.  Cleveland’s action follows a 2014 settlement in which the BWC agreed to pay $420 million to private employers who were overbilled when they chose not to take part in group rating plan.  Public employers were not part of the 2014 settlement. 

Click here to link to: 2018-0572:  City of Cleveland, Ohio v. Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, et al.

Last chance to save
You have until October 17th to save $50 on this year's Winter Convention registration. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers and social events planned for you. Don't miss this great event and register today.

New Ohio Trial
A new issue of Ohio Trial is out and available to view online. A printed version will be hitting your mailbox any day. Click here to view online version.

Membership Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets October 24th
Join OAJ for Membership Night on October 24th with the Columbus Blue Jackets. There will be a happy hour sponsored by Robson Forensic at Bar Louie from 5:00pm-6:00pm. 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. There are a limited number of tickets available. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone.

 

Brunner announces for Supreme Court
Judge Jennifer Brunner from the 10th appellate district has announced her candidacy for the Ohio Supreme Court. Brunner formerly served as Ohio’s Secretary of State.  She will be joined by fellow Democrat, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell. O’Donnell also ran for the high court in 2014 and 2016.  They are challenging incumbent Justices Judith L. French and Sharon L. Kennedy, both Republicans.

Click here to link to: In next year’s Ohio Supreme Court races, Ohioans need to vote, and vote knowledgeably: Thomas Suddes

OAJ member Doucet to run for Ohio Senate
Consumer lawyer Troy Doucet announced his candidacy for the Ohio Senate.  If he wins the Democrat primary, he would face incumbent Republican state Senator Stephanie Kunze in the general election.  The district encompasses several Columbus suburbs. 

Click here to check out Troy Doucet for Ohio Senate

Judicial campaigns begin in September
This year the Ohio Supreme Court adopted an amendment to the Code of Judicial Conduct allowing judicial campaigns to begin earlier, starting 180 days prior to a primary election (formerly 120 days prior).  The 2020 primary election will be held on March 17, so judges can start campaigning on September 19, 2019.

2019 Winter Convention: November 6th-8th
The first 100 to register for the 2019 Winter Convention save $100! Don't wait, register today.

Recently added webinars
Several new webinars have been added to our CLE calendar. Topics include cross-examination, analyzing insurance policies, jury selection, and more. Click here to view CLE calendar.