Beware of Forced Arbitration Clauses in Agreements

The New York Times (“Times”) published an in-depth series of articles from November 1st through 3rd on the topic of forced arbitration and how it affects many members of society. Forced arbitration is when a company or other entity requires consumers or its employees to submit any dispute that may arise in the course of their transactions to an arbitrator. Often the consumer or employee has … [Read more...]

What’s Happened This Year Since The Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

Same sex marriage or marriage equality has been legal throughout the nation since June 26, 2015 of this year when the Supreme Court ruled state level bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional. What has happened in the four months since marriage equality became the law of the land? What kind of challenges remain for those who have fought for years for marriage equality and other rights? How … [Read more...]

Attorney Sean Buchanan Argues Cleveland Ordinance is Unconstitutional

Slater & Zurz attorney Sean Buchanan recently argued that the City of Cleveland’s municipal ordinance criminalizing failure to disperse is unconstitutional. The new Cleveland ordinance replaces a former version that was previously found unconstitutional for criminalizing conduct that required no intent or participation in the actual criminal acts. Essentially, in Cleveland you could be … [Read more...]

Caregiver Fraud

A caregiver is defined in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as one “who provides direct care to children, the elderly and the chronically ill” and as “a person who gives help and protection to someone.” When that help and protection becomes just the opposite and becomes a deception and exploitation of the person being cared for, usually by the unauthorized use of the victim’s money, property or … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Volkswagen Owners Affected By VW Emissions Scandal

Dear Ohio Volkswagen and Audi Owners Affected by VW Emissions Scandal: You probably purchased your VW or Audi diesel for enhanced mileage, reduced fuel costs and strong future resale value. No doubt the news about Volkswagen cheating the system by installing defeat devices on these vehicles in order to manipulate emissions testing has you deeply concerned and aggravated. You didn’t get the … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Ice Cream Back on Shelves After Listeria Recall

Blue Bell Creameries took steps early this month to put its ice cream products back in the grocery store freezer aisles after being out of production since April 2015. The shutdown at the 108-year-old company followed an outbreak of listeria which was blamed for the deaths of three people in Kansas. Listeria is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food that contains the bacterium … [Read more...]

Slater & Zurz LLP Attorney Michael Schmeltzer Earns “30 for the Future” Award

Attorney Michael Schmeltzer at our law firm was honored on September 3, 2015 by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce as one of its 2015 “30 for the Future” award recipients. Each year, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce recognizes 30 young professionals (ages 25-39) who live or work in the Greater Akron Region, who are trendsetters in their industries and who make an impact on the region … [Read more...]

New Traffic Based Driving Analysis Patent Issued to Allstate Insurance Raises Concerns

Are insurance companies keeping tabs on their customers that go beyond acceptable limits or are they just trying to offer customers the best rates based on driving performance? A patent issued Aug. 11 to Allstate is causing concern that insurance companies who offer usage-based insurance may be spying on their customers and other people. The latest Allstate patent covers new technology that … [Read more...]

Getting Arrested for Domestic Violence May Change Your Life and Future

If you are arrested for domestic violence you should realize it is a very serious matter. No matter how small the domestic violence charge, there are consequences and outcomes from a conviction that need to be considered. Many people believe a person is charged with domestic violence after a physical confrontation with their spouse, ex-spouse or romantic partner. This could be the case, but … [Read more...]

CTE Still An Unsettled Topic In Football Concussion Controversy

Despite settlement of a long-running lawsuit between the National Football League and former players, evidence of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has remained a major issue. CTE is a degenerative brain disease associated with repetitive brain trauma which can only be completely diagnosed after death. (In April, the National Academy of Sciences … [Read more...]