Court decisions from across the country have implications right here in Ohio. Here is a selection of recent cases, and why they matter.
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 […]
In Fox v. Huron City School Dist. Bd. of. Edn., 2017-Ohio-7984, a school board’s decision to terminate a superintendent was affirmed by an Ohio appellate court. This must read case is very important because it emphasizes the importance of (1) considering the recommendation of the referee as the school board determines whether to order the […]
In State of Ohio v. Fox, 2016-Ohio-2745, an Ohio appellate court affirmed the decision to dismiss a criminal case against a superintendent – who is a public servant – for allegedly unlawfully failing to disclose gifts received while a superintendent. The trial court dismissed the criminal case against the superintendent because the Ohio Attorney General […]
In Breeze, Inc. v. Testa, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-7801, the Ohio Supreme Court clarified – or changed according to the dissent – when the public-schoolhouse exemption and charitable-or-public-use tax exemption is available for leased property. Former and current Ohio law provides a tax exemption for property belonging to charitable or educational institutions when the property […]
In G.M. v. Springfield Local Schools Bd. of Edn., 2017-Ohio-7767, an Ohio appellate court dismissed the suspension appeal of a high school graduate as moot – meaning there is no longer an actual controversy – because “there is no evidence in the record that [the student] did not graduate [and] there is no evidence that […]