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...]

New Protections for Ohioans Building a Home

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New consumer remedies for home construction services contracts have been on the books for slightly more than two years, yet many homeowners and some in the residential construction industry are unaware of the laws. They apply only to service contracts exceeding $25,000, that are performed by a supplier who has a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance, and do not apply to cost-plus … [Read more...]

Court Case Involving School Bullying at Green Local School District in Summit County, Ohio

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Green Local School District in Summit County, Ohio was recently found to be “reckless” and “negligent” in its response to ongoing gender and religious-based harassment of a female Jewish student. Three judges, impaneled in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District, issued the ruling in the court case involving school bullying that had turned violent. Lisa and James Shively filed the suit … [Read more...]

Old Oil and Gas Leases in Ohio

old oil and gas leases in ohio

If you are an Ohio landowner leasing an oil and gas well, you need to be aware of your rights, particularly if it is an old Ohio oil and gas lease. If production is still occurring, or if the well is held by a shallow producer or a non-producer, you need to know what to do about that. If you have been approached by an operator about signing a ratification agreement, you should also think about … [Read more...]

Ohio Tort Law Changed The Jury Award in This Personal Injury Case

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When you read about a sizeable jury award in a personal injury case, it may not be as large as it at first appears. Consider the case of Jessica Simpkins, who was raped by her pastor when she was just 15. Now 21 years old, the Sunbury, Ohio woman recently learned of the Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals ruling in Delaware County, Ohio. It denied almost all of her arguments against the … [Read more...]

Oil and Gas Lease Forfeiture

oil and gas lease forfeiture

What is an Oil and Gas Lease Forfeiture? In simple terms, an oil and gas lease forfeiture is a right to end the oil and gas lease if the lessee fails to adhere to the terms of the contract. In most cases with oil and gas well drilling, it is a failure to pay royalties, but the agreement can be breached in some other manner. Can a Lease Be Forfeited Due to Lack of Production? Normally, a lease … [Read more...]