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Insurance Company and Governmental Risk-Sharing Pool Legal Invoices May Be Public Records

In the case of State ex rel. Ames v. Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews, 2022-Ohio-3990, the Ohio Supreme Court held that (1) a governmental risk-sharing pool providing legal services to a public body may be subject to public record requests and (2) a court is required to conduct an in camera review of law firm invoices for legal services rendered to a public body to determine whether attorney-client privilege redactions are needed. As a result, the Ohio Supreme Court remanded the case back to the appellate court for further review.

To read this case, click here.

UPDATE: To read the blog of the appellate court’s decision on remand, click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is like the always-changing Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.

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