• March 08, 2024

    Ohio Panel Revives Gov't Contract Overseer's Breach Suit

    An Ohio appellate court revived a government contract administration company's suit against a state agency it claimed cut its revenue by millions by diverting potential projects from the firm despite their third-party administrator contract, reversing a lower court's decision that the claim was filed too late.

  • March 07, 2024

    Judges Say Facing Threats And Vitriol Now Part Of The Job

    Federal judges spoke Thursday about the challenges of the profession in the 21st century, describing how they've either received threats or know of warnings against colleagues, with one jurist saying she received 11 death threats during her first three months on the bench.

  • March 07, 2024

    DC Circ. Mulls Groundwater In Coal Ash Closure Fight

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday seemed wary of an energy industry coalition's claim that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency illegally strengthened regulations to clean up coal ash waste impoundments by stretching regulatory definitions to cover facilities in contact with groundwater.

  • March 07, 2024

    Sens. Tell Stores To Get Illegal E-Cigs Off Their Shelves

    Five U.S. senators on Thursday told the heads of major convenience store and gas station chains to stop sales of unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products, saying that their illegal sales pose a major threat to public health, especially children's.

  • March 07, 2024

    Wells Fargo Charged For Unwanted Programs, Customer Says

    An Ohio resident is the latest to bring proposed class claims against Wells Fargo over the bank's recent disclosures that some of its customers were unwittingly enrolled in certain financial products offered by the bank as far back as 2007, and charged fees for them.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ohio Justices Split On University's Immunity In Refund Fight

    The Republican majority of the Ohio Supreme Court has said an intermediate appellate court needs to decide if Ohio State University can claim discretionary immunity in a former student's tuition refund suit, with three Democrat justices dissenting to say the majority's decision undercuts the trial court's statutory authority.

  • March 07, 2024

    Senate Tees Up 5 More Judge Picks Despite GOP Resistance

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted out five judicial nominees on Thursday, which includes various historic firsts for diversity.

  • March 07, 2024

    Nissan Cooling Fans Defective, Class Suit Claims

    A proposed class of car buyers is suing Nissan North America Inc. in Tennessee federal court, alleging the automaker made and sold Pathfinder and Infiniti vehicles with defective radiator fans, leading to engines overheating and shutting down.

  • March 06, 2024

    Meta Must Tackle Increased Account Hijackings, 41 AGs Say

    A bipartisan group of 41 attorneys general have urged Meta Platforms Inc. to tackle the "dramatic" increase in hackers taking over Facebook and Instagram accounts, saying the attacks have caused financial harm to victims and their families and friends.

  • March 06, 2024

    6th Circ. Orders Do-Over For Insurer's $3.3M Recoupment Row

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Tuesday revived a Chubb unit's bid to recoup costs from two other insurers after it helped windshield repair company Safelite pay for its defense against a competitor's suit, saying the lower court must conduct an analysis to determine whether the other carriers were prejudiced by late notice.

  • March 06, 2024

    Norfolk Southern Can't Shift Cleanup Costs To Tank Car Cos.

    Norfolk Southern cannot dump environmental cleanup costs on seven tank car owners and shipping customers with rail cars transporting chemicals and hazardous materials on the train that derailed in East Palestine last year, an Ohio federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    NTSB Chief Says Boeing Isn't Sharing Info In Blowout Probe

    The National Transportation Safety Board's chief told a Senate panel Wednesday that The Boeing Co. still hasn't provided information about the door plug that blew off a 737 Max 9 jet two months ago, fueling troubling new questions as Boeing faces multiple probes into its safety culture and quality control.

  • March 06, 2024

    Power Co. Can't Escape Explosion Fraud Claim

    An infrastructure supply company can't toss a fraud claim brought by an industrial company's insurers in a suit seeking to recoup $18.7 million in damages for a manufacturing facility explosion, an Ohio federal court ruled, finding that the carriers can bring both a breach of contract claim and a fraud claim.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ohio Neurologist Can't Shorten His Drug Kickback Sentence

    An Ohio federal judge ruled an imprisoned neurologist cannot shorten his 30-month sentence for conspiring to collect illegal kickbacks for prescribing Nuedexta, a drug used to treat patients who have uncontrollable fits of laughter or crying, stating that his victims' vulnerability exempts him from his requested reduction.

  • March 05, 2024

    Lordstown Ch. 11 Plan Confirmed After Settlements Reached

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge confirmed the Chapter 11 plan of electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors Corp. over the objection of the Office of the U.S. Trustee after finding that the debtor is eligible for a discharge of its liabilities.

  • March 05, 2024

    Tank Car Cos. Can Inspect Derailed Train Parts, Judge Says

    An Ohio federal magistrate judge said Tuesday that the National Transportation Safety Board must allow rail tank car owners facing claims in sprawling consolidated litigation to inspect crucial components from the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine last year.

  • March 05, 2024

    5th Circ. Judge Slams SEC's 'Loosey-Goosey' Proxy Rules

    The Fifth Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could shape the future of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's process for assessing requests to block certain shareholder proposals from proxy materials, with one judge casting doubt on the agency's argument that conservative Kroger Co. investors should sue the company directly if they are unhappy with attempts to block them from the corporate ballot.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ohio Pot Facility Explosion Sparks Suit Against Lighting Co.

    An Ohio cannabis grower and its insurer accused a lighting products company of failing to warn them about the dangers of its merchandise after one of its lamps allegedly exploded in a growth facility, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

  • March 05, 2024

    Aetna Accused Of 'Reprehensible' ER Services Underpayment

    Multiple Aetna health insurance entities were hit with a lawsuit in Ohio accusing them of "reprehensible systemic underpayments" to healthcare workers who provide emergency services, underpayments that the complaint said were damaging to the medical system.

  • March 04, 2024

    Judge Releases Entity From Ohio Hotel Sex Trafficking Suit

    A federal judge released a holding company from a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who accuses Choice Hotels International Inc., Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. and other hotel companies of failing to prevent her from being trafficked at four Ohio hotels.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ohio Metal Parts Maker, Workers Seek OK Of Wage Settlement

    An Ohio-based metal parts manufacturer and a pair of workers who alleged they were stiffed for untaken breaks and time spent changing into safety gear told an Ohio federal court Monday that they had resolved their Fair Labor Standards Act dispute.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ohio Agency Puts Discovery On Hold In FirstEnergy Probes

    The Ohio utilities commission will hold off discovery for its just-unfrozen investigations arising from FirstEnergy Corp.'s notorious bribery scandal after the state attorney general's office warned that compelling testimony from anyone allegedly involved in the scheme could make them immune from criminal prosecution.

  • March 01, 2024

    McNees Wallace White Collar Duo Joins Eastman & Smith

    A pair of white collar defense attorneys who recently represented the Ohio Republican Party's former chair in a $60 million bribery case have jumped ship from McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC to join Eastman & Smith Ltd.'s office in Columbus, the firm announced Friday.

  • March 01, 2024

    Kent State, Transgender Prof. Eye Early Wins In Bias Suit

    The three defendants in a transgender professor's suit accusing Kent State University and two university officials of discrimination and retaliation in the revocation of a promotion, as well as the professor, have all asked an Ohio federal court to grant early wins in the case. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Aon, Transport Co. To Pay $9M To End Workers' ERISA Suit

    A transportation company and its investment consultant will foot a $9 million bill to end a class action accusing them of running afoul of federal benefits law by replacing investment options in the company's retirement plan with subpar funds, according to a filing in Ohio federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • 2nd Circ. OT Ruling Guides On Pay For Off-The-Clock Work

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    While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Must Navigate Patchwork Of State Regs

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    With only modest action by the federal government on the autonomous vehicle regulatory front in 2023, states and localities remain the predominant source of new regulations affecting AVs — but the result is a mix of rules that both help and hinder AV development and adoption, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Federal Policies Keeping Autonomous Vehicles In Slow Lane

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    In the first installment of this two-part article, attorneys at Faegre Drinker examine recent federal regulations and programs related to autonomous vehicles — and how the federal government's failure to implement a more comprehensive AV regulatory scheme may be slowing the progress of the industry.

  • The Case For Culture Assessments In Sports Programs

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    As hazing allegations against collegiate sports teams and subsequent lawsuits become more prevalent, culture assessments can be implemented as a critical tool to mitigate risks including hazing, lack of gender equity and racism in athletic programs, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • How Attys Can Weather The Next Disaster Litigation Crisis

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    On the heels of a number of damage catastrophes and ensuing litigation this summer alone, attorneys must recognize that it’s a matter of when, not if, the next disaster — whether natural or artificial — will strike, and formulate plans to minimize risks, including consolidating significant claims and taking remedial measures, says Mark Goldberg at Cosmich Simmons.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What FERC-PJM Negotiations Mean For The Energy Industry

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    Following the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliot, disputes associated with the PJM Interconnection settlement negotiations taking place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have brought to the fore a potential legal minefield arising out of extreme weather events that could lead to commercial risks for power generating companies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

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