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General Archives

Electric Scooters: Regulation, Litigation and Consternation

Electric scooters are likely already in your city and if not, the chances are good that they will be soon. In cities across Ohio, the United States and the world, one often does not have to go far before stumbling upon, perhaps quite literally, a huddling mass of scooters on a corner or sidewalk.

Kids Heading to College this Summer? Consider a Roommate Agreement

If you drive down Main Street in any college town, you are likely to encounter newly developed and/or renovated luxury apartments. Many of these apartments will have rent that outpaces the average mortgage payment in the region.

Legislative Update: Sports Betting Coming to a City Near You?

In my September 6, 2018 blog post, I discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's May 2018 ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which found the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 ("PASPA") unconstitutional. PASPA prohibited state-sanctioned sports betting and effectively outlawed sports betting outside of Nevada. The Court's ruling opened the door for all 50 states to legalize sports betting within their borders.

The Ohio Supreme Court Changes its Interpretation of the Confidential Law Enforcement Investigatory Records Exception to the Ohio Public Records Act

In December of 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court, in State ex rel. Caster v. City of Columbus, 2016-Ohio-8394, changed the way that a public office may respond to a public records request where the confidential law enforcement investigatory records exception applies.

An Overview of New Statute Regarding Disputes Alleging Denial of Access to Public Records

On September 28, 2016, Ohio Revised Code Section 2743.75 went into effect, which gives the Court of Claims exclusive and sole jurisdiction over disputes alleging denial of access to public records. This Section gives aggrieved individuals an alternative to filing a mandamus action if their public records request is denied.

So You Repaired, Stored, or Towed a Car and The Owner Won't Come Pick It Up... Now What?

Abandoned vehicles are an all too common problem for owners of repair garages, towing services, and storage facilities. Fortunately, Ohio law allows these businesses to claim title to abandoned vehicles and if done properly, without the excessive cost of litigation to secure Court ordered title.

Home Rule Authority in Ohio Municipalities

Ohio cities have flexibility under Ohio law to establish laws in accordance with the powers of local self-government, otherwise known as Home Rule Authority. The relevant provisions of the Ohio Constitution were enacted in 1912 and read:

Government Employers: Do Your Current Termination Practices Protect You from Procedural Due Process Claims?

What is procedural due process? Procedural due process is a constitutionally protected interest. Due to this interest, prior to any taking of life, liberty, or property by the government, United States' citizens are entitled to notice and the opportunity to be heard.

Is "Standing" Required Before Boards of Zoning Appeals?

The Board of Zoning Appeals ("BZA") of a political subdivision in Ohio is an administrative body which conducts "quasi-judicial" proceedings. BZA decisions can be appealed under Ohio Revised Code §2506.01. State ex rel. Travelcenters of Am., Inc. v. Westfield Township Zoning Comm (1999) 87 Ohio St.3d 161.