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Ohio Supreme Court Holds Lack of Causation Results in Ruling for Grocery Store after Motorized Cart Injures Shopper

Posted on October 9th, 2019 by Ashley WakefieldAshley Wakefield

Proof of causation is a fundamental element in negligence cases. That missing element of proof resulted in the reversal of a jury verdict in favor of a grocery store customer who was injured when struck by another customer who was operating a motorized grocery store shopping cart, by a unanimous decision of the Ohio Supreme…

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Amazon’s Multi-Front War Against Products Liability Claims Marches On

Posted on September 13th, 2019 by Christopher J. SchroeckChristopher J. Schroeck

A flurry of decisions involving one of the most popular retailers in the world,, have made some fascinating products liability law in recent months. In Ohio, Amazon faces litigation over the sale of caffeine powder to a teenager, who overdosed on the product and died.  In Stiner v. Amazon., the trial court granted summary…

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Sutter O’Connell Attorney James McCrystal to Receive Distinguished OACTA Excellence in Advocacy Award

Posted on September 4th, 2019 by Kathy Brookhart

We’re thrilled to announce that James L. McCrystal, Jr. will be honored with the 2019 Excellence in Advocacy Award at the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) annual meeting in Cleveland in November. The “Excellence in Advocacy Award” honors McCrystal as a pillar of the bar who has distinguished himself by effective client representation, superior…

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Rob Cahill Elected President of St. Edward’s Alumni Association

Posted on July 16th, 2019 by Matthew C. O’ConnellMatthew O'Connell

Sutter O’Connell shareholder Rob Cahill has been elected as President of the St. Edward High School Alumni Association for the 2019-2020 term.  The St. Ed’s Alumni Association is 15,000 members strong nationwide.  Rob has served on the Alumni Board of Directors for 10 years and previously served as the Board’s Treasurer (2012-2014) and Secretary (2015-2019). …

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Rob Cahill Appears before Ohio Supreme Court

Posted on April 4th, 2019 by Matthew C. O’ConnellMatthew O'Connell

On March 26, 2019, Sutter O’Connell shareholder Robert Cahill appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court representing the City of Streetsboro Planning and Zoning Commission.  Rob argued that the Eleventh District Court of Appeals’ decision should be affirmed because the Commission properly denied a conditional use permit a company sought to expand a sand and gravel…

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Planning For Business Growth – The Wellness Visit

Posted on March 4th, 2019 by Matthew T. BradyMatthew T. Brady

After more than thirty years of advising clients I am still surprised when bright, successful business leaders call with a problem that could have been minimized with a little planning, but has now mushroomed into a huge liability that threatens the very existence of the business. It’s understandable that many ambitious small to medium size…

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