Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Requirement that Trial Courts Bifurcate Compensatory and Punitive Damage Phases of Trials Upon Motion

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In a February 15, 2012 decision, Havel v. Villa St. Joseph, 2012-Ohio-552, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld a key component of Ohio’s 2005 tort reform. Specifically, that tort reform included a requirement that trial courts bifurcate the punitive damage phase and evidence in a trial from the compensatory damage phase in a trial upon motion […]

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Sovereign Immunity Does Not Protect Political Subdivisions Against Employee Intentional Tort Claims

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Those involved with political subdivision claims will be interested in the Ohio Supreme Court’s new decision holding that sovereign immunity does not bar employee intentional tort claims when they arise out of the employment relationship. In Sampson v. Cuyahoga Metro. Hous. Auth., 2012 Ohio 570, defendant CMHA had plaintiff arrested in full view of his […]

You Auto Know! – Social Media

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Scenario: As you walk through your dealership, you see several employees on their smartphones, or iPads, checking email, texting and/or tweeting. You don’t know whether the activity is for business­related purposes or personal purposes. You are becoming concerned, not only about the lost productivity, but what exactly your employees are saying about the dealership, the […]

NLRB Delays New Posting Rule

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In a previous client alert, we advised you that the National Labor Relations Board had recently promulgated a rule requiring all employers subject to its jurisdiction to post notices advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The rule was to be effective November 14, 2011. 2011 – NLRB Delays New Posting Rule […]