• February 29, 2024

    Lordstown To Pay $25M In SEC Probe Of Overhyped EVs

    Bankrupt automaker Lordstown Motors Corp. has agreed to return $25.5 million to shareholders who were allegedly drawn in by false assurances that the company had secured tens of thousands of pre-orders for electric trucks that it didn't even have the parts to build, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Cleveland Defeats Firefighter's Bias Suit Over Beard Policy

    The City of Cleveland escaped a firefighter's suit alleging he was forced into retirement when he refused to shave his beard because of a skin condition affecting Black men, with an Ohio federal judge finding the city's clean-shaven policy was in line with federal firefighting equipment regulations.

  • February 29, 2024

    Auto Co. Says $50M Policy Endorsement Covers COVID Loss

    An auto parts manufacturer is seeking $50 million in coverage for its COVID-19 pandemic-related losses in North Carolina federal court, claiming its policy's "unique" communicable disease provision was misrepresented when its insurer denied coverage for losses at its Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina locations.

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Recruited Objectors To Tank Vax Deal, Class Says

    Indianapolis-based law firm Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP is trying to unravel a settlement with Ascension Health Alliance because the firm wants to pursue its own class litigation, hospital staff told the Sixth Circuit in a brief filed Wednesday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Asking For Salary History Banned In Columbus, Ohio

    Employers in Columbus, Ohio, will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their salary history under a law set to take effect Friday.

  • February 29, 2024

    First Advantage To Buy Sterling Check Corp. For $2.2B

    Employment screening company First Advantage Corp. said Thursday it has agreed to acquire competitor Sterling Check Corp. in a cash and stock deal that values Sterling at about $2.2 billion, including debt.

  • February 28, 2024

    6th Circ. Rules Copyright Law Is For 'Dull' Stuff, Too

    The top appeals court judge at the Sixth Circuit has issued a precedential opinion insisting that "all manner of works," even stuff that's boring and "run-of-the-mine," can be protected by copyright law, affirming a judgment that stuck a business with more than $1 million in damages and fees for copying the terms and conditions used by a car-dealer loyalty program.

  • February 28, 2024

    4 Firms Plan To Co-Lead Suboxone Dental Decay MDL

    Attorneys from Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise LLP and three other law firms have asked an Ohio federal judge to appoint them co-lead counsel for the new multidistrict litigation over opioid addiction treatment Suboxone allegedly causing dental decay, with 14 other firms seeking appointment to plaintiff leadership committees.

  • February 28, 2024

    Plastic-Maker Says Insurers Must Cover Worker Death Suit

    Ohio-based manufacturer Encore Plastics took Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America and American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. to federal court, claiming both companies are violating their policies by refusing to defend or indemnify it in an underlying suit over one of its workers' death in an industrial accident.

  • February 27, 2024

    Mich. AG Backs Abortion Challenge, But Urges Narrow Block

    The Michigan attorney general on Tuesday backed a challenge from a group of reproductive healthcare clinics to abortion policies they argue violate the state's constitution, but told a state court that the injunction they requested could have collateral damage and advised a narrow block of the provisions. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Ohio, Google Trade Barbs Over 'Common Carrier' Designation

    Google and the state of Ohio have taken aim at each other's dueling motions for summary judgment in a case seeking to have the tech titan's search engine declared a common carrier under state law for the purposes of antitrust regulation.

  • February 27, 2024

    FTC Puts Labor Focus In Merger Basket For 1st Time

    Higher consumer prices and reduced choice are no longer the only reasons the Federal Trade Commission will challenge mergers after the agency contested Kroger's planned $24.6 billion purchase of Albertsons based in part, for the first time ever, on allegations the deal will reduce competition for employees.

  • February 27, 2024

    Hospital Groups Allege Opioid Crisis Damaged Their Finances

    More than 20 hospitals and related companies have joined multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic, alleging in a massive new complaint that pharmacies, drug distributors and others contributed to a crisis that damaged hospitals' finances and strained their ability to help patients.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Ohio Speaker Urges 6th Circ. To Ax His 20-Year Sentence

    Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder told the Sixth Circuit that it must vacate his 20-year prison sentence for allegedly taking $60 million in bribes from FirstEnergy Corp., in part, because the presiding judge had a potential bias against him for opposing the judge's campaign to join the state's highest court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ohio Jury Shuts Down Door Co.'s Patent Defense

    Federal jurors in Ohio found that the details in some drawings of "door skins" covered by a trio of design patents were somewhat inconsistent, but they were unpersuaded by a major door manufacturer to invalidate those patents just yet.

  • February 26, 2024

    'Rebel Alliance' Seeks Court Rescue In Opioid Discovery Clash

    A discovery dispute that includes references to the Rebel Alliance in the movie "Star Wars" and accusations of circumventing court rules — in a galaxy closer to Ohio — is headed before a federal judge handling multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic.

  • February 26, 2024

    6th Circ. Sanctions Prison Co. For Not Disclosing Asset Info

    A Sixth Circuit panel has held a Federal Bureau of Prisons contractor in contempt for its "woefully inadequate" efforts to turn over financial records to the National Labor Relations Board as ordered, in a dispute over two fired union supporters' back pay.

  • February 26, 2024

    Glass Co. Strikes $5M Deal To End 401(k) Management Suit

    A glass container manufacturer will pay $5 million to resolve a proposed class action alleging it loaded its employee retirement plan with costly and underperforming investment options managed by a formerly affiliated company, according to a filing in Ohio federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ohio Casino Regulator Bans Prop Bets On College Sports

    The Ohio Casino Control Commission banned "prop bets," in which gamblers wager on specific players' performance in a given sporting event like total yards run, from being placed on collegiate athletes following a regulatory proposal from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that Gov. Mike DeWine supported.

  • February 26, 2024

    Railcar Cos. Want Out Of Pa. Schools' Derailment Suit

    A trio of railcar companies told a federal court that a group of Pennsylvania school districts can't rope them into litigation over the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, arguing in briefs Friday that the schools didn't sufficiently link them to the harm allegedly suffered from the derailment and chemical spill.

  • February 26, 2024

    Marshall & Melhorn Seeks Pause To Settle Data Breach Row

    Ohio firm Marshall & Melhorn LLC and a proposed class of over 27,000 of its clients affected by a 2021 ransomware attack urged an Ohio federal judge on Friday to institute a pause in the suit so they can reach a settlement with an outside mediator.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ohio Chamber Backs Google In 'Common Carrier' Case

    Ohio's Chamber of Commerce is lining up behind tech behemoth Google in its battle to convince an Ohio court that it is not a common carrier while the state is trying to convince the court that Google is, so it may be banned from preferring its own products in its search results.

  • February 23, 2024

    Christian Clinic Says Trans Surgery Suit Bolsters Mich. Fears

    A Michigan clinic fighting to show it can challenge a state civil rights law it claims would force it to care for transgender patients told the Sixth Circuit that a suit targeting a Colorado children's hospital that stopped providing surgeries for transgender patients underscores how it could come under fire as well. 

  • February 23, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs DOL's Black Lung Benefits Award For Miner

    The Sixth Circuit stood by an administrative law judge's ruling that a former coal miner is entitled to black lung benefits even if his long history of smoking might have also contributed to his pneumoconiosis, denying a petition for review from the man's former employer.

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-BP Exec's Husband Cops To $1.7M Insider Trading

    The husband of a former manager at British oil and gas company BP PLC on Thursday pled guilty to securities fraud in Texas federal court and agreed to forfeit the $1.7 million he made with the help of insider trading, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Corporate Compliance Lessons From FirstEnergy Scandal

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    Fallout from a massive bribery scheme involving Ohio electric utility FirstEnergy and state officeholders — including the recent sentencing of two defendants — has critical corporate governance takeaways for companies and individuals seeking to influence government policymaking, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • What Circuit Split May Mean For FCA Kickback Liability

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    The recent circuit split on the meaning of the resulting-from provision in False Claims Act kickback cases could have significant ramifications for FCA liability, as it could affect the standard of causation that plaintiffs must meet to establish liability, say former federal prosecutors Li Yu, Ellen London and Gregg Shapiro.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's Next For Adult-Use Marijuana In Ohio

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    After Ohio voters defeated a proposal that would have made it harder to pass any citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, a state ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana has fairly good chances of passing — but advocates still face a long road ahead, say Perry Salzhauer and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Insurers, Prepare For Large Exposures From PFAS Claims

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    With thousands of lawsuits concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances pending across the country, several large settlements already reached, and both regulators and the plaintiffs bar increasingly focusing on PFAS, it is becoming clear that these "forever chemicals" present major exposures to insurers and their policyholders, say Scott Seaman and Jennifer Arnold at Hinshaw.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

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