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Ohio Supreme Court adopts expansive interpretation of the Ohio “apology statute”

Under Ohio law, “apologies” by health care providers are not admissible in court against the health care provider in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Specifically, Ohio Revised Code Section 2317.43(A) provides that “any and all statements, affirmations, gestures, or conduct expressing apology, sympathy, commiseration, condolence, compassion, or a general sense of benevolence” made by a healthContinue Reading


Partner Julie Davis on #MeToo: Join our Webinar 1/30

For more than 30 years Partner Julie Davis has represented employers and individuals on sexual harassment claims. She’s worked through internal complaints and resolutions, conducted investigations, represented parties in litigation, and crafted policies, trainings and guidance designed to prevent harassment. Julie is currently defending parties in high-profile sexual harassment challenges, and in the wake of #MeToo JulieContinue Reading


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and what it means for you

After much fanfare and debate, H.R. 1, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both houses of Congress, and was signed by President Trump on Dec. 22. It contains a large number of tax law changes that affect both individuals and businesses. Below are some of the provisions (generally applicable for tax yearsContinue Reading


Ohio Department of Taxation 2018 Tax Amnesty Program

  The Ohio Department of Taxation intends to offer a 2018 Tax Amnesty Program for Ohio taxpayers from January 1, 2018 through February 15, 2018 that have unreported and/or underreported taxes prior to May 1, 2017. The amnesty program will cover individual income tax, school district income tax, employer withholding tax, employer withholding for schoolContinue Reading


‘Browns’ law could hinder Columbus Crew SC move

Columbus Business First is reporting that an untested “Browns law” may help hinder the Columbus Crew’s move to Austin, Texas. Attorney Gerrod Bede has discussed the legality of the Crew’s move both here and here. Business First reached out to Gerrod to ask if a section of the Ohio Revised Code regarding sports franchise movesContinue Reading


Can The Columbus Crew legally relocate? Part 2

Several weeks ago, I addressed some questions about whether the Columbus Crew SC could relocate to the city of Austin, Texas. Since that time, multiple developments have emerged, most of which suggest that the Crew is headed to Austin. On November 15, 2017, Andrew Ginther (Mayor of Columbus) and Alex Fischer (President and CEO ofContinue Reading


How to prevent and report sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment has been in the news daily lately as more women and men are coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment. It’s important to make sure your workplace has strong policies in place when it comes to working to prevent sexual harassment at work. Partner Julie Davis recently created this presentation for aContinue Reading


Buying or selling a business

You are considering the possibility of buying or selling a business. After preliminary discussions between the principals, it is determined that XYZ company is willing to be acquired by ABC company. But what are the next steps? Here is a short step-by-step guide to a successful business sale or acquisition:   Determine a purchase price forContinue Reading


Lawyer Ethics Board approves clinics to help self-represented persons

In Opinion 2017, issued October 6, 2017, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct recently blessed the practice of courts creating legal self-help centers staffed by court-appointed lawyers to help pro se litigants navigate the system. The idea behind such clinics is to offer short-term legal help to persons who otherwise would be without any assistance.Continue Reading


Can The Columbus Crew legally relocate?

The Columbus Crew is in the news, and not entirely because of its on-field accomplishments. On October 17, 2017, Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (“PSV”), which owns the Crew, announced that it was “potentially relocating the Club to the city of Austin, Texas.”[1] Many found the timing of this statement odd, given that the Crew had, justContinue Reading



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