Helpful New Book About Wrongful Death in Ohio

Ohio wrongful death book

The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one is an overwhelming experience for anyone. When that death is the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence it can be devastating and cause feelings of shock, disbelief, anger and extreme anxiety. Many people are left paralyzed and wondering what they should do next. The Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP has the answer for people who … [Read more...]

Justice Department Joins School Rape Case Where Girl Was Used As Bait for Predator

school rape case

A school rape case which has been ongoing for nearly five years and involves a teenage girl and a boy with a history of sexual aggression at an Alabama middle school was in the news again recently. Advised by a school aide the girl who was raped invited the boy to a rendezvous in one of the school’s bathrooms. The plan was that if the boy showed up school officials would be on the scene … [Read more...]

Dog Bites and Halloween Trick or Treating in Ohio

halloween trick or treating and dog bites

October can be a time for long walks, leaf raking or just enjoying the season’s many colors. October 31 is Halloween and that brings with it trick or treating throughout Ohio neighborhoods. If you have a dog you may be wondering if they should be allowed to run free when others are Halloween trick or treating at your house. Or you may ask if its OK for your dog to go trick or treating with your … [Read more...]

Conservationists Weigh In On Effects of Fracking in Ohio

Fracking in Ohio

Earlier this month experts at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s annual conservation symposium discussed a wide range of threats to birds, bats, butterflies, amphibians and even mussels. The conservationists claim problems with these various species are at least in part caused by massive water withdrawals from the area due to fracking. Fracking is a process in which millions of gallons … [Read more...]

Impaired Driving Severely Injures Teenage Girl

impaired driving

Court records indicate a 49-year-old Columbus area woman has likely been driving impaired for a very long time. Like many impaired drivers April Vacca of Reynoldsburg, Ohio has probably had her periods of sobriety over the years and struggles to change the direction of her life. But last Thursday night, Sept. 25, her record of impaired driving caught up with her. Police report Vacca lost … [Read more...]

The Free Gas Clause in an Ohio Oil and Gas Lease

free gas

When an Ohio landowner is thinking about potentially leasing his land to natural gas drillers, a frequently asked question is…Does this mean I get free gas for my home? As with practically everything else, one must look to the language of the gas lease. In older leases, the free gas provision was very common, but the newer natural gas leases are tailored to shale gas wells and the clause has … [Read more...]

Address Confidentiality Program for Domestic Violence Victims

address confidentiality program

For at least the fourth time, Ohio lawmakers are attempting to pass an Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence victims. The legislation would permit individuals and children who have been victims of abuse, intimidation, stalking and harassment, many who have relocated in an attempt to escape their assailant, to keep their identity secret. If these people are unable to keep their … [Read more...]

Cleveland Hosting First Safe Surrender Program for Juveniles

Safe Surrender Program

For the first time in the nation, Safe Surrender is being offered to juveniles and it is going to be held in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be available to those who have warrants and were 17 years old or younger when charged with a crime. The surrender takes place from Monday, September 22 through Thursday, September 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court (Juvenile … [Read more...]

Forced Arbitration and Its Impact on Consumers and Employees

Forced Arbitration

Forced arbitration remains an important consideration in the legal arena today as witnessed by the recent 22nd annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges entitled “Forced Arbitration and the Fate of the Seventh Amendment: The Core of America’s Legal System at Stake?” The Pound Civil Justice Institute, established in 1956 by a group of American trial lawyers to build upon the work of Roscoe … [Read more...]

The Force Majeure Clause of an Ohio Oil and Gas Lease

Ohio oil and gas lease force majeure clause

When preparing an oil or gas lease, an important clause to keep in mind is the Force Majeure clause. Literally “superior force,” the French term is found in most Ohio oil and gas leases and allows a contract to be extended if an unforeseen event or new regulation prevents either party from following the terms of the original agreement. A lease can also be suspended or terminated under “force … [Read more...]