Court decisions from across the country have implications right here in Ohio. Here is a selection of recent cases, and why they matter.
In Janiszewski v. Belmont Career Ctr., 2017-Ohio-855, an Ohio appellate court considered the following issue: Whether statements made during a school board’s executive session are privileged in a defamation case. To be fair, the appellate court considered a lot of other issues in Janiszewski. Seriously – there was a lot going on in this case. However, the privilege […]
In a significant case involving the continuing contract status of nonteaching employees under R.C. 3319.081, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a substitute custodian whose schedule is irregular with respect to days of service, hours worked, and school-building assignment is not considered a “regular nonteaching school employee” under Ohio law and, as result, is not […]
In Sun Bldg. Ltd. Partnership v. Value Learning & Teaching Academy, Inc., 2017-Ohio- 8727, an Ohio appellate court ruled that “a governmental entity can bind itself to a [contract] by taking sufficient action before it is executed.” Sun at ¶ 22. The case involved a fight over the remaining assets belonging to a shuttered community […]
In Laborers’ Internatl. Union of N. Am., Local 860 v. Cuyahoga Cty., 2017-Ohio-8552, an Ohio appellate court agreed with an order from the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (“SERB”) which found that a group of social workers were “supervisors” and not “public employees” subject to Ohio’s collective bargaining laws. Accordingly, the social workers could not […]
In Ayers v. Cleveland, 2017-Ohio-8571, an Ohio appellate court found that “R.C. 2744.07(A)(2) does not provide [a third-party] with a private cause of action against [a political subdivision] to enforce its statutory obligation to indemnify its employees.” Ayers at ¶ 33. This case involved the efforts of a plaintiff to collect a 13 million dollar […]
In Langdon v. Ohio Dept. of Edn., 2017-Ohio-8356, an Ohio appellate court reversed a lower court’s ruling because the lower court did not “give due deference” to a decision by the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) to deny a teacher’s license renewal application. The case involved a teacher who allegedly engaged in eight instances of […]