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A Brand New Citizen

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Matthew C. O’ConnellMatthew O'Connell

Congratulations to Sutter O’Connell’s own Ekaterina “Kat” Kazantseva who today took the oath to become a naturalized United States citizen. Welcome to a great Country.

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Ashley Wakefield Joins Sutter O’Connell Team

Posted on April 10th, 2018 by Matthew C. O’ConnellMatthew O'Connell

The firm is pleased to announce that Ashley Wakefield has joined Sutter O’Connell as an associate.  Ashley is a 2015 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, where she won numerous awards as an advocate in its national mock trial competition program.  Ashley’s previous litigation experience took place at a Canton, Ohio area…

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Lawrence A. Sutter Award for Best Advocate Presented at AAJ Cleveland Regional Mock Trial Tournament

Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Matthew C. O’ConnellMatthew O'Connell

Matt O’Connell, managing shareholder of Sutter O’Connell, presented the second annual Lawrence A. Sutter Award for Best Advocate at the conclusion of the AAJ Regional Mock Trial Tournament held in Cleveland on March 2-4, 2018. This year’s recipient was Ashley Lanz, a 2L at The University of Akron School of Law. The AAJ Student Trial…

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Asbestos Update: Ohio Supreme Court Rejects “Cumulative Exposure” Theory

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Nathan F. StudenyNathan F. Studeny

Today,[1] the Ohio Supreme Court joined a growing wave of federal[2] and state courts[3] in resolving the heated legal debate over use of the “cumulative exposure” theory to prove causation in asbestos litigation. In asbestos exposure cases, plaintiffs argue that a persons “cumulative exposure” to asbestos, a crafty spinoff of the “each and every exposure”…

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Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Brings Opioid Cases to Cleveland

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by Denise A. DickersonDickerson

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation recently created an MDL for opioid litigation. For those unfamiliar with multidistrict litigation, the system allows federal courts to consolidate similar cases into one action. This streamlines the discovery process and pretrial motions for more efficient handling. It also helps to ensure consistency with evidentiary issues. MDLs have been…

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Tennessee Supreme Court Unanimously Holds the Only Admissible Evidence of Medical Expenses in Tort Suits is the Amount Billed

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by Christopher J. SchroeckChristopher J. Schroeck

In any case involving personal injuries, medical expenses are an important consideration. This is true not only because they are their own category of damages, but because juries tend to see them as indicative of the severity of the injury suffered. The Tennessee Supreme Court just made it much harder to limit the amount of…

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