Court decisions from across the country have implications right here in Ohio. Here is a selection of recent cases, and why they matter.
In the case Chisholm v. St. Marys City Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ., N.D. Ohio No. 3:16CV2849, a federal district court held that a football coach’s verbal insults toward student players did not constitute a violation of a student’s right to due process under the United States Constitution without accompanying physical action. This case centered […]
In the case Doe v. Jackson Local Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ., N.D. Ohio No. 5:17-cv-1931, an Ohio federal district court held that a school board and several of its employees are immune from liability where a student sexually harassed another student on a school bus because the school board and its employees had no […]
In the case Krouse v. Ohio State Univ., 2018-Ohio-5014, an Ohio Court of Claims adopted a special master’s findings that personally identifiable information cannot be redacted and records must be withheld in their entirety when the a public records requester already knows the identity of the student whom the records relate. Additionally, when a request is made for […]
In the case United Elec. Radio & Machine Workers of Am. v. Highland Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn., 2018-Ohio-5307, an Ohio appellate court held that a school board may non-renew non-teaching employees with or without cause absent collective bargaining language stating otherwise. This case involved two non-teaching employees hired on limited one-year contracts. At […]
In Heisig v. MetroHealth Sys., 2018-Ohio-4925, the Ohio Court of Claims adopted a special master’s recommendation that public records previously filed under seal with a judicial court must still be provided pursuant to a public records request absent a specific exemption. In this case, a public office denied a public record request for employee records […]
In Slattery v. Cleveland, 2018-Ohio-4591, the Court of Claims adopted a special master’s findings that a public records action filed after requested documents had been produced cannot be used to chastise or harass a public office – regardless of how untimely the records were produced. As a general rule, a public records requestor can enforce […]