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Sutter O’Connell Obtains Dismissal of Second Lakewood Hospital Case

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by Robert E. CahillRobert E. Cahill

Taxpayer suits frequently challenge municipal government action, but when they fail to state a viable claim, even when assuming all of the facts alleged are true, they should be summarily dismissed. Along with Kevin Butler, Lakewood’s Law Director, Sutter O’Connell attorney Robert Cahill obtained a full dismissal of taxpayer claims against the City of Lakewood…

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The Strictly Auto Seminar is Back!

Posted on July 11th, 2017 by Denise A. DickersonDickerson

  DRI will again be presenting the Strictly Auto Seminar, set for September 14-15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The seminar is dedicated solely to product-related issues and concerns in the automotive industry. Registration is now open! To sign-up and book your room, use this link: As a long-time attendee and past Chair of the…

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University of Akron Law Honors Larry Sutter

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Matthew C. O’ConnellMatthew O'Connell

The firm is pleased and proud to announce that the University of Akron School of Law has honored our late founding partner Larry Sutter by naming its new Practice Courtroom in Larry’s name.  The Law School’s press release states: “Upon the recommendation of the University of Akron School of Law Deans and Faculty, the University…

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds Ninth Circuit Court’s Provocation Rule an “Unwarranted and Illogical Expansion” of Excessive Force Jurisprudence

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Derek P. Hartman

Recently, we introduced readers to the United States Supreme Court Case of County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, a case involving a law enforcement officer’s excessive use of force. Mendez is a controversial case of national interest as it pins law enforcement officers longstanding right to qualified immunity against an individual’s right to be free…

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Nip it in the Bud: CSPA Cure Offers May Steer More Than Just CSPA Claims Toward Early Resolution

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by David J. HeartyDavid J. Hearty

R.C. 1345.092 is a relatively new provision of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA).  Enacted in 2012, the statute allows a supplier to possibly limit its liability when receiving unfavorable verdicts for CSPA claims.  Under R.C. 1345.092, a supplier may issue a “cure offer” to resolve any CSPA claims.  The supplier may only issue this…

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U.S. Supreme Court To Issue Opinion Concerning Qualified Immunity and the Provocation Rule

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by Derek P. Hartman

Recently, the issue of whether law enforcement officials are entitled to qualified immunity for a warrantless search was addressed in arguments made to the United States Supreme Court.  On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of County of Los Angeles v. Mendez.  The Mendez case involves two sheriff’s deputies…

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