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Ohio Likely To Vote on Medical Marijuana in Fall

Legalizing marijuana will likely be back on the ballot in Ohio this November, but voters will be asked to legalize it for medical purposes only. Ohioans voted 2-to-1 in the fall of 2015 against Responsible Ohio’s for-profit marijuana legalization proposal which would have made marijuana available in the state for recreational and medical purposes. The main effort to get the issue on the … [Read more...]

Bullying Lawsuit Against School Settled For Record Amount

A bullying lawsuit in the Washington school district of Enumclaw was settled recently for $295,000. The suit was originally filed in December 2014 in the King County Superior Court. The family of the then 13-year-old plaintiff sought $1.2 million for extreme bullying and failure to protect a child. The child was identified as “A.M.” in the lawsuit and later as “Andrew.” He was bullied by a … [Read more...]

Remote Texting Case Has National Impact But Long Road Remains To Curb Driving Distractions

If someone is texting messages to a person who is driving, can the remote texter, not on the scene, be charged in connection with an accident that is the driver’s fault? A few years ago an accident very much like this hypothetical question happened in the state of New Jersey. Seventeen-year-old girl, Shannon Colunna, was texting her 18-year-old friend, Kyle Best, who was driving home from work. … [Read more...]

Resolving Disputes Over The Care of Elderly Loved Ones

Every month, another 15,000 Ohioans turn 60 years of age.  According to census figures, in 2013, there were 45 million adults 65 or older living in the United States and by 2030, it is predicted 1 in 5 Americans will be in this age group.  What does this mean for the elderly and their families? Consider the example of Ruth, an 89-year-old widow and mother of two daughters, who refused to leave … [Read more...]

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...]