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Category: Case Updates

Court decisions from across the country have implications right here in Ohio. Here is a selection of recent cases, and why they matter.

Secret Ballot Voting Violates the Ohio Open Meetings Act

In the case of State ex rel. More Bratenahl v. Bratenahl, Slip Opinion No. 2019-Ohio-3233, the Ohio Supreme Court held that public bodies may not take official action by secret ballot. In this case, a city council voted on a new president pro tempore at a public meeting via secret ballot under the belief that […]

Words Matter – An Exclusion Clause May Not Bar All Arbitrations

In the case of Toledo Fedn. of Teachers v. Bd. of Edn. of the Toledo City School Dist., 2019-Ohio-3025, an Ohio appellate court held that an exclusion clause that merely requires prospective application of arbitration decisions to similar, not-yet-filed grievances did not, by its plain language, bar arbitration of a pending grievance. In this case, […]

Reasonable Assurance Letters May Preclude Unemployment Compensation Benefits

In the case of Kent State Univ. v. Hannam, 2019-Ohio-2971, an Ohio appellate court held that a reasonable assurance letter for employment in the following fall or spring semesters precludes an educator from receiving unemployment compensation benefits. In this case, a university adjunct professor received a reasonable assurance letter for employment in the following fall […]

Claims Involving Construction Work Must Be Brought Within Ten Years

In the case of New Riegel Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn. v. Buehrer Group Architecture & Eng., Inc., Slip Opinion No. 2019-Ohio-2851, the Ohio Supreme Court held that Ohio’s construction statute of repose bars all types of claims – tort and breach of contract included – that are brought more than ten (10) years […]