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Liability for youth sports injuries: Is the referee at fault?

Forty-five million children play youth sports in the United States, an endeavor that involves three out of four families with school-aged children.[1] By some estimates, approximately 70% of boys and girls participate in organized sports teams.[2] With so many adolescents involved in organized sports activities, there are millions of organized youth games played every year in theContinue Reading


#TimesUp: Anti-harassment policy and practice revisions to consider

Partner Julie Davis shares anti-harassment policy and practice revisions to consider for your company during the #TimesUp era.   Reevaluate and Effectively Train on Anti-retaliation Principles and Actions, and Normalize the Complaint and Investigation Process All prevention, reporting, investigation and decision making relating to sexual misconduct relies on employee belief that retaliation will not beContinue Reading


The American Bar Association issues an ethics opinion on lawyer blogging

In Formal Opinion 480, issued March 6, 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility opined that lawyers who blog may not reveal information relating to a representation of a client that is protected by Rule 1.6(a), including information contained in a public record, unless disclosure is authorized under theContinue Reading


State of Ohio and City of Columbus sue the Columbus Crew

Several of my earlier articles (Can The Columbus Crew legally relocate? and Can The Columbus Crew legally relocate? Part 2) have addressed the potential move of the Columbus Crew soccer team to Austin, Texas. Throughout the last several months, Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (“PSV”)—which essentially owns the team—has continued to move forward with plans to relocateContinue Reading


Flexible estate plans are crucial for changing circumstances

Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act doubled the estate and gift tax exemption amount to approximately $11.2 million per person, adjusted annually for inflation, or $22.4 million for spouses (which is portable, meaning that a deceased spouse’s unused exclusion amount is still available to a surviving spouse). This increased exemptionContinue Reading


Can a lawyer use former client information if it becomes “generally known?”

In formal opinion 479 (released Dec. 15, 2017), the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued a helpful advisory opinion — to our understanding of what information a lawyer can use when representing another client adverse to a former client. It is self-evident that a lawyer’s duty of confidentiality extendsContinue Reading


Ohio oil and gas lease

The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that Ohio does not recognize an implied covenant to explore an oil and gas lease “further,” separate and apart from the implied covenant of reasonable development that already exists. Alford v. Collins-McGregor Operating Company, __ N.E. 3d __, 2018-Ohio-8, ¶ 2. This means that in determining whether an oil andContinue Reading


Crisis management and protecting your reputation

In this presentation Partner Julie Davis outlines tips for crisis management and protecting your reputation. The presentation was originally shared at The Ohio Society of CPAs 2017 Columbus Accounting Show. The presentation focuses on three main aspects of crisis and reputation management: Learn how to develop excellent decision making skills and manage a crisis actionContinue Reading


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



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