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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 […]