Jury Awards $23 Billion to Widow of Cigarette Smoker in an Engle Progeny Case

Engle Progeny Case

A widow who was awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages and another $16.8 million in compensatory damages in a July 18, 2014 Florida jury verdict said she does not expect to receive much, if any of the money. Cynthia Robinson, who filed suit in Florida against R.J, Reynolds in 2006, said it is likely appeals courts will declare her award excessive, but she is glad for the verdict sent a big … [Read more...]

Ohio Lawmakers Recognize Link Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence

animal abuse

The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a Pet Protection Bill, S.B. 177, on June 3, 2014. A companion bill, H.B. 243, introduced in August 2013, is in the Judiciary Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives. The bills would allow courts to issue orders of protection for animals living in a home where domestic violence is occurring or where a civil stalking order is in place. Passage of both bills … [Read more...]

Claims for Punitive Damages When a Driver Using a Cell Phone Causes an Auto Accident

punitive damages when driver was using a cell phone during auto accident

If a driver is using a cell phone and is involved in an auto accident, can the injured person collect punitive damages from the driver talking on a cell phone? Purpose of Punitive Damages Punitive damages have a two-fold purpose. They are monetary damages levied against a defendant to punish him for his actions. Punitive damages also aim to deter the individual and others from repeating similar … [Read more...]

Making the Case for Managed IT Support Services for Law Firms

law firms

This Guest Blog article was written by Great Lakes Computer Corporation: There are several ways in which a law firm might consider organizing its IT services, but many of them have the drawback of throwing piecemeal solutions at a challenge that might be best addressed through an integrated approach. For an increasing number of law firms in the United States, such an integrated model is not … [Read more...]

Attorney Michael Schmeltzer Joins Slater & Zurz LLP

Michael Schmeltzer

Attorney Michael Schmeltzer recently joined our law firm. Mr. Schmeltzer has experience with all stages of litigation and has handled legal matters in both state and federal courts. He holds key positions with a number of bar association committees and has attained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Schmeltzer serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio … [Read more...]

Everyone Involved in an Ohio Legal Proceeding Should Use Social Media with Caution

Social Media

People involved in court proceedings, for example, lawyers, divorce clients, or persons hoping to obtain payment from insurance companies for an injury claim have recently fallen victim to repercussions of their postings on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Social media users must also be very careful about e-mail and text communications. One of the latest victims (July 14, 2014, … [Read more...]

Addressing Items of Sentimental Value in Your Will May Avoid Future Disputes

items of sentimental value in a will

If you have always thought that your mother’s seashell collection or your father’s ties would belong to you someday, it may not be a given fact if your parent did not make some provision ahead of time about how to distribute specific personal property after death. Even if some of this property has only sentimental value, it may not automatically belong to you simply because you are a spouse, … [Read more...]

Have You Been Affected by the Huge GM Ignition Switch Recall ?

GM ignition switch recall

There is news almost daily about the huge GM ignition switch recall and its faulty ignition switches. It was announced Friday, July 18, 2014 that General Motors delayed the recall of switches in 6.7 million mid-size and larger model cars. The company allegedly knew for 11 years that the ignition switches did not work properly, but failed to warn the public until June 2014. These delayed recalls … [Read more...]

Deciding Whether or Not to Take Babies on Bicycle Rides

Babies and Bicycle Rides

If you take very young children with you on bicycle rides, should they be in a bike seat behind an adult cyclist or riding in a bike trailer (a device attached to the bike)? Or, should the very young child, or baby, be left at home with someone else while a parent is riding a bike? By the Insurance Institute of America(IIA)’s definition, a baby is a child one year old or younger. The … [Read more...]

Columbus Health Department Procedures for Determining If a Dog Has Rabies

Rabies determination by Columbus Public Health Department

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, and the dog, or its owner cannot be found, one of the first questions you might ask is…Could the dog have rabies? Columbus Public Health Department officials explained their procedure for dealing with this question if the owner of the dog can be found. If the dog’s owner is known, the Health Department immediately contacts the owner by letter and … [Read more...]