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Removing Trees from Tree Lawns Deemed a Governmental Function

In the case of Scroggs v. Cincinnati, 2022-Ohio-450, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals held that a city was immune from a citizen’s negligence claim when the citizen was allegedly injured by falling into a hole left by uprooting a tree in the area between the sidewalk and street – i.e., the tree lawn.

Here, the city argued that it was entitled to political subdivision immunity. The Court agreed. In support of its decision that the city was immune from liability, the Court explained that city was immune from immunity pursuant to R.C. 2744.02(A)(1) because the maintenance and removal of trees on public grounds falls under the definition of governmental function set forth in R.C. 2744.01(C)(2)(e).

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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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