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Ohio Lawyers Should Neither Propose nor Participate in Accepting Settlement Terms Limiting their Right to Disclose Information Contained in a Court Record

Posted on July 6th, 2018 by James L. McCrystal, Jr.James L. McCrystal, Jr.

Defendants frequently want to keep settlement terms confidential and want lawyers for the plaintiff to refrain from publicizing the case. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has recently issued Adv. Op. 2018-3, advising in it syllabus, Ohio lawyers may neither propose nor agree to accept a settlement term that prohibits a lawyer’s disclosure of information…

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Denise Dickerson Speaks at SAEM Annual Meeting

Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Denise A. DickersonDickerson

On May 18, 2018 Sutter O’Connell shareholder Denise Dickerson participated in a medical-legal simulation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine held in Indianapolis. Denise prepared and defended a doctor in a live mock deposition which was presented to a diverse group of medical students, residents, physicians and academics. Following an…

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United States Supreme Court Frees States to Legalize Sports Gambling

Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Ashley WakefieldAshley Wakefield

The legality of sports gambling is a controversial topic, made only more so last week because of a 6-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, in Murphy v. NCAA, striking down a nearly 25-year old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing gambling for sporting events. For years proponents have said regulated sports gambling can increase…

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Court of Appeals Affirms Lakewood Hospital Case Dismissal

Posted on May 11th, 2018 by Robert E. CahillRobert E. Cahill

The Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a taxpayer suit brought against the City of Lakewood and Mayor Summers concerning the closing of Lakewood Hospital.  The Court’s three judge panel, like the trial court, found that the taxpayers could not establish a single legally viable claim.  Kevin Butler, Lakewood’s…

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Spoliation Sanctions Continue to Pose a Risk in Tennessee

Posted on May 9th, 2018 by Christopher J. SchroeckChristopher J. Schroeck

In a blog post here in November of 2015, we covered the Tennessee Supreme Court’s decision in Tatham v. Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. That decision made sanctions more readily available by abolishing the requirement that spoliation of evidence be intentional. On May 7, 2018, the Tennessee Court of Appeals expanded on that decision in Gardner,…

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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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