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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.


Newspaper supports removing caps for rape victims
After reporting that legislation initiated by OAJ to exclude victims of rape and sexual assault from caps on non-economic damages is stalled in a House committee, the Columbus Dispatch wrote an editorial supporting the bill.  OAJ will use the Dispatch coverage to persuade the House to act.

Click here to link to Columbus Dispatch story: Sex-assault compensation bill in limbo

Click here to link to Columbus Dispatch editorial: Get victim bill off back burner

Reed departs Court of Claims
Mark Reed steps down as Clerk of the Court of Claims tomorrow, where he has served with distinction since 2011.  OAJ previously recognized his outstanding service, citing the elimination of backlogged cases and the streamlining of the Court’s processes.  OAJ thanks Mr. Reed for his service and wishes him well.  Daniel Borchert, deputy clerk, will serve as the interim clerk until a permanent replacement is appointed.   

Board issues new ethics guides
The Board of Professional Conduct has issued two new ethics guidelines.  One is designed to assist attorneys who change law firms, and the second addresses the transition from the practice of law to serving on the bench and includes details on recusals.

Click here to link to the Court News of Ohio story: Board of Professional Conduct Issues Ethics Guides on Law-Practice Transitions

Time is running out to register!
Our first ever trucking webinar series is right around the corner! OAJ's past Trucking Chair, Andy Young, and Atlanta trucking Attorney, Joe Fried, will cover topics on trucking litigation, trucking technology, how to prove trucking standards of care and much more. The series starts January 8th and ends January 11th. Each webinar will run from 1:30pm - 2:45pm and each webinar is worth 1.25 CLE credit hours. Click here for more information and to register.

 

Year-end legislative action
Before recessing for the holidays, the Ohio General Assembly acted on several bills that impact your practice.  Here’s what happened:

  • Medical records (HB 172) – The Ohio Hospital Association agreed to OAJ’s changes to a bill amending the definition of medical records.  The amended bill gives patients three options when requesting medical records: 1) request a basic medical record; 2) request additional data; or 3) request both.  The bill awaits a vote of the full House, and then will go to the Senate.  OAJ is neutral on the amended bill.
     
  • Structured settlements (HB 223) – Supported by OAJ, this bill makes changes to Ohio’s current law regulating the transfer of payments to settlement purchasers from recipients of structured settlements.  The bill passed the legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
  • Beekeeper immunity (HB 392) – OAJ testified in a House committee against a bill that grants civil immunity to beekeepers.  The bill is pending in a House committee.  OAJ opposes the bill.

Status report on legislation on which OAJ is advocating on your behalf.

  • Ban on workers’ comp for unauthorized workers (HB 380) – Has passed the House and awaits referral to a Senate committee.  OAJ opposes the bill.
     
  • Reduces PTD benefits for some retirees and renames BWC (HB 269) – Pending in the House Insurance Committee.  OAJ opposes the bill.
     
  • Allow more self-insured employers for WC (HB 268) – Pending in the House Insurance Committee.  OAJ opposes the bill.
     
  • Restrictions on medical negligence claims (HB 7) – Expands current apology statute by making a physician’s confession of fault inadmissible; eliminates claims under Loss of Chance doctrine; and makes worse the “shotgunning” effect of naming multiple defendants.  Pending in the House Civil Justice Committee.  OAJ opposes the bill.
     
  • Immunity for volunteer surgeons (SB 177) – Expands “free clinic” immunity law by granting immunity to volunteers that treat indigent, uninsured patients in any facility and perform any procedure or service, including surgery.  Pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  OAJ opposes bill.
     
  • Cap on damages not apply to rape victims (HB 20) – Excludes victims of rape and sexual assault from cap on non-economic damages.  Pending in the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee.  OAJ supports the bill.
     
  • Municipal liability (HB 267) - Eliminates sovereign immunity when an employee's negligent operation of a motor vehicle causes injuries, unless the plaintiff was fleeing law enforcement.  Pending in the House Civil Justice Committee.  OAJ supports the bill.
     
  • Municipal liability (HB 419) – Limits sovereign immunity to apply only if the police/fire/EMS vehicle’s siren and lights are activated.  Pending in the House Civil Justice Committee.  OAJ supports the bill.
     
  • Crash Reports (SB 148) - Requires a police accident report to indicate whether any person involved wishes to be contacted for commercial solicitation purposes and prohibits such contact unless person has chosen be solicited. Pending in Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee.  OAJ opposes bill as drafted.
     
  • Crash Reports (HB 331) - Prohibits the use of information obtained from a police accident report for commercial solicitation.  Pending in House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee.  OAJ opposes bill as drafted.

Less than 3 weeks to register for our trucking webinar series!
In less than 3 weeks, attorneys Andy Young and Joe Fried, will be presenting a 4 day webinar series on trucking! Mr. Young and Mr. Fried will cover a wide range of topics each day, allowing you to become well versed in the practice of trucking. Each webinar will run from 1:30pm - 2:45pm and each webinar is worth 1.25 CLE credit hours. Click here for more information and to register.