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Medical Marijuana Legal in Ohio But Program Still Needs To Be Developed

On September 8th Ohio officially became the 25th state in the U.S. where marijuana can legally be used for some medical purposes. It is expected the full program will not be in place until September 2018 and many are calling it a tightly regulated plan. In several states where medical marijuana is legal, you can “smoke” marijuana and in 15 states you or your caregiver can grow it in small … [Read more...]

Ohio Small Claims Courts See Big Change

For the first time in almost 20 years, the amount of money available for recovery in small claims court has been increased. It was $3,000 and has been raised to $6,000. It was raised by Ohio legislators via the passage of House Bill (HB) 387 which becomes law on September 27. Raising the maximum allowable limit to $6,000 will support Ohio’s small business by simplifying the debt collection … [Read more...]

Landmark Decision on Social Host Liability

In a recent appellate decision the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled adults can be held responsible for the consequences of drinking with minors. The ruling consolidated two cases with similar issues, but dissimilar facts. The court held that adults who enable a minor’s intoxication can be held liable for what happens after the minor(s) leave(s). In Maryland, the adult must “knowingly and … [Read more...]

Women Taking Action Against Uber

A West Hollywood, Calif. woman just sued the ride-share company, Uber, over a rape she says occurred in July 2014 when she used her smartphone to get a ride to her boyfriend’s house. The woman had been drinking and thought she was being safe by not driving. After the Uber driver picked her up, he offered her tainted water and then assaulted her. Various female Uber customers throughout the country … [Read more...]

Self-Driving Tesla Car Crash Kills Canton, Ohio Man

The Autopilot function that may have caused the death of an Ohio man in the crash of his 2015 Tesla Model S will not be disabled, Tesla executives say. Several inquiries are underway concerning the fatal accident with the so-called “self-driving” system (also referred to as “autonomous driving” and “highly automated driving with some driver intervention”). Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio was … [Read more...]

Hospice Workers Specialty is Knowing How To Care for People at The End of Life

Many practitioners in the medical professions are able to offer hope, life and healing to their patients, but those in hospice work are a different breed. They stand on the threshold of death - holding hands with it almost daily - and their journey to death’s door is always unique. Heather Meyerend is one of those helping others cross that threshold. She is a hospice nurse in South Brooklyn, … [Read more...]

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law

On September 8, 2016, Ohio will become the 25th state to permit its residents to legally use marijuana for medical purposes. Ohioans will be able to buy the drug in-state and use it to treat specified conditions. They must have a recommendation from a licensed Ohio physician with whom they have an ongoing relationship. There will also be programs set up so that the parents of those under 18 can … [Read more...]

When Public Duty Law Protects Emergency Responders From Lawsuits

Should emergency responders be protected from litigation? That question returned to the forefront of discussion this year when the Illinois Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the so-called “public duty rule” should no longer be in effect in that state. The rule provides general immunity from lawsuits brought by those who accuse paramedics, firefighters and police officers of failing to provide the … [Read more...]

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Being Threatened

Until recently lawsuits against gun manufacturers and sellers in the U.S. have had little chance of success largely due to a law Congress passed in 2005 - The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). In 2016, a growing number of judicial decisions, including one in a Newtown, CT case where 20 children were killed by a random gunman, have allowed lawsuits against gun makers and sellers to … [Read more...]

Women Who Used Talcum Powder Are Filing Lawsuits And Getting Big Verdicts

Some call it Talcum Powder while others refer to it as Baby Powder. Some of the women who have used it regularly as part of their routine hygiene regime are filing lawsuits claiming the talc powder caused ovarian or fallopian tube cancer. As reported in a recent New York Times article, women are asking questions about why they developed types of cancer associated with their reproductive … [Read more...]