Ohio

Ohio ranked #26 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, improving one spot from 2015. The state rose 10 places in the key element category of judges' competence.

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Ohio Sues Five Drugmakers for Allegedly Misrepresenting Drug Risks

June 01, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed suit against five drug companies, alleging they "fueled the opioid addiction crisis by misrepresenting the addictive risks of their painkillers," writes the Wall Street Journal. Read More »

New Research from ILR Finds Asbestos Law in Ohio "Has Not Delayed" Justice

May 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Ohio state legislative news service, Gongwer, wrote that a new study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), "found that law (H.B. 380, 129th General Assembly) has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs." Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

May 04, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Read More »

Asbestos Trust Transparency Reform - It's Working in Ohio; It Will Work in Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017 | News and Blog

Four years ago, Ohio became the first state in the nation to reform its asbestos trust laws to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers' gaming the system by bringing transparency and fairness to the process of filing claims against the trusts. Read More »

Watching it Work: The Impact of Ohio's Asbestos Trust Transparency Law on Tort Litigation in the State

Author: Maryellen K. Corbett and Matthew M. Mendoza, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP | May 04, 2017 | Research

This report analyzes the impact that Ohio's 2013 asbestos trust transparency law has had on asbestos tort litigation in the state and concludes that trust transparency reforms appear to have accomplished the goal of ensuring transparency and fairness without causing delays in case resolution. Read More »

In the News Today - August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 | News and Blog

An unnamed journalist who uses an exception in a privacy law to identify potential customers for Bevan & Associates, an Ohio personal injury law firm, is now under investigation by state officials. Read More »

Federal Judge Says 'Master of Disaster' Plaintiffs Lawyer 'Tricked' Him

February 19, 2016 | News and Blog

"I feel tricked, complicit, albeit unwittingly so, in chicanery, duplicity, and mendacity," wrote U.S. District Judge James G. Carr in an order requiring plaintiffs' attorney Stanley Chesley to appear next month and explain "why he shouldn't find they committed fraud on the court." Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

Federal Judge Rejects Expansive Interpretation of False Claims Act

May 14, 2015 | News and Blog

An Ohio federal judge dismissed a False Claims Act lawsuit brought against U.S. Bank that could have expanded liability under the statute. The plaintiff, a legal aid group, claimed that U.S. Bank was defrauding the federal government through its mortgage practices. But as the New York Times reports, the judge rejected the lawsuit as based on publicly-known information. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Ohio Outside Counsel Sunshine Law

May 13, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today applauding Governor John Kasich for signing the outside counsel sunshine bill (SB 38) into law. The law promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the State of Ohio hires outside private plaintiffs' lawyers. Read More »

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