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Attorneys Michael Schmeltzer, Brandon Dean, and Rob Horton Named 2017 Ohio Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce Slater & Zurz LLP attorneys Michael Schmeltzer, Brandon Dean, and Rob Horton have all been selected as 2017 Ohio Rising Stars. The Rising Stars list is developed annually using a multiphase selection process patented by Super Lawyers, a highly credible and impartial rating system that identifies outstanding lawyers. All attorneys who are considered for the … [Read more...]

Ohio Supreme Court Says Damages Should Be Capped in Case of Teen Raped by Pastor

The Ohio Supreme Court last Wednesday ruled against a teenage victim of sexual assault asserting that the girl’s constitutional rights were not violated because Ohio’s damage cap on noneconomic damages does not allow additional recovery in her personal injury case. The court said the emotional injuries of plaintiff, Jennifer Simpkins, who was 15 at the time she was raped by her 46-year-old … [Read more...]

Many Questions About New Marijuana Laws

Voters in four more states - California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada - voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Election Day for a total of eight states changing their laws to alter what was formerly criminal activity in some locations. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska are the other four states where “pot” is available for both medicinal and recreational use. A proposal for … [Read more...]

Link Between Bullying and Teen Suicide

Every generation’s youth faces different challenges. Today’s youth are no different. One of the challenges they face today is bullying. And with the increase of technology use in communications today we also now have cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is when one person does the bullying behind a computer screen. Sending cruel messages and spreading rumors with anonymity is now commonplace. No wonder … [Read more...]

Not Too Late for Victims of C8 To Take Action

Every day people who live in the Mid-Ohio Valley are being diagnosed with chemical exposure related illnesses brought on by DuPont’s large scale use of a toxic solvent historically used in the manufacture of Teflon and hundreds of other consumer applications. It is not too late for victims to avail themselves of the rights and privileges afforded under a 2004 class action settlement agreement – … [Read more...]

Admissibility of Electronic and Digital Evidence in Court

Because electronic and digital data is a relatively new field, laws dictating the validity of this evidence are not widely known. Judge Emily Miskel of the 470th District Court in Collin County, Texas quotes the ruling in a recent Texas murder case in her 2015 paper, “Admissibility of Digital Evidence in a Family Case:” “There is no specific procedure for authenticating each piece of electronic … [Read more...]

The Effects of C8 on Animals and Pets

Thousands of people living along the Ohio River have been sickened by an industrial poison emitted by a negligent corporation, but humans are not the only ones to suffer from this exposure. Countless animals and pets have also fallen victim to the C8 contamination. DuPont calls it by the trade name C8. The scientific name is perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA for short. It is a manmade fluorinated … [Read more...]

Our Kids Dog Bite Prevention Program Featured in Akron Beacon Journal

The Sunday, October 30, 2016 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal featured our Kids Dog Bite Prevention Program. Beacon Journal staff writer Stephanie Warsmith wrote the story and explains how and why we created our dog bite prevention program in 2015. Ms. Warsmith also tells the real-life story of one of our clients who was bitten by a friend's dog one day while skateboarding. We've seen … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Against Apple For Not Doing More To Stop Distracted Driving

Texting while driving is currently a controversial issue in this country and the number of traffic deaths caused by distracted drivers is increasing at an alarming rate. Tech giant, Apple, Inc., is fighting a lawsuit that says it hasn’t done enough to stop this growing phenomenon of people who want to stay connected at all times at any cost. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Apple has … [Read more...]

Harvard Study on C8 Contamination

It’s toxic and it’s most likely to be found in dangerous amounts near industrial, military, or firefighting training sites. PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) or C8 is a manmade solvent which was used in the manufacture of Teflon and hundreds of industrial applications for more than sixty years at DuPont Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia and many other locations around the … [Read more...]