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Five Things Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know When You’re the Victim of an Auto Accident

If you have been involved in an auto accident, there are many things you need to know when you are dealing with an insurance company in order to protect yourself and your future best interests. Here's a list of five things insurance companies don't want you to know: 1. You can get your vehicle repaired anywhere you wish - they may give you a check for "their" (lower) estimate but that's only … [Read more...]

Kent State Must Permit Emotional Support Animals

Kent State University will pay $100,000 to two former students to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought against the university by the U.S. Justice Department. The suit claimed discrimination against students with psychological disabilities for not allowing emotional support animals (ESA) in student housing. If the settlement announced earlier this month is approved in federal district court, … [Read more...]

Attorneys Michael Schmeltzer and Brandon Dean Named 2016 Ohio Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that Slater & Zurz LLP attorneys Michael Schmeltzer and Brandon Dean have both been selected as 2016 Ohio Rising Stars. The Rising Stars list is developed 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 Rising Stars … [Read more...]

Report Shows How Courts Help Brain Injury Victims Find Justice

That concussions suffered by athletes, both professional and otherwise, are dangerous to the long-term health of the human brain is hardly news. In 1905, more than three dozen football players died within two years from injuries incurred in the sport. In 1933, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) warned of the seriousness of concussions in its Medical Handbook for Schools and … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Talk To This Person After a Car Accident

Car accidents take place everyday on Ohio's highways, roadways, streets, alleys and parking lots. Whether the car accident is a minor fender bender or a major car crash there will be property damages (such as damages to the cars) and there may also be personal injuries suffered by the drivers and the passengers of the cars. If you have been involved in a car accident it's important to educate … [Read more...]

What Constitutes a Class in a Class Action Lawsuit?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments recently in Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, a case whose outcome could have a major impact on class action lawsuit litigation in this country. Several other class action lawsuits are also coming up for Supreme Court consideration and results in these cases could be pivotal in determining if the average person could seek legal recourse in a collective … [Read more...]

Unanimous Jury Verdicts Scrutinized After Mistrial

Should unanimous jury verdicts be required in criminal trials, especially those that present complex challenges like a white collar prosecution with multiple defendants and multiple charges? This issue surfaced again recently in a New York case where the former chairman, chief financial officer (CFO) and the executive director of the now dissolved law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, were acquitted … [Read more...]

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...]