News and Information

May 28, 2017

Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but false statements—not so much

A key question in determining if a statement is defamatory is whether it can be proven to be true or false. If you can prove the […]
March 8, 2017

It gets costly if you don’t play nice

Do you remember your mother telling you to “play nice?” The importance of playing nice applies to litigation, as well. If you don’t play nice, it […]
December 14, 2016

Commercial lease–solar panels

We recently represented a landowner in central Ohio in negotiating and preparing a commercial lease where the tenant is a solar power company from California. The […]
December 13, 2016

Shortcuts in foreclosures create problems

Foreclosure actions can sometimes be complicated, but generally they’re straightforward cases where the bank should prevail—unless the bank’s counsel takes shortcuts. Here’s an example. After initiating […]
November 2, 2016

Contract terms can trump fairness

Can you be misled by someone with whom you’re in contract and not have a claim for the damages you suffer as a result? It’s not […]
October 3, 2016

Arbitration clause can be waived

Arbitration clauses in contracts are becoming increasingly popular, and they often place consumers at a disadvantage,  a subject we covered  in “The ‘fine print’ and arbitration […]
August 25, 2016

Actions speak louder than words

While the words that comprise a contract spell out its terms, sometimes the parties’ actions can override the words. This was the result in a case […]
August 18, 2016

Trial by Jury, a Hallowed American Right, Is Vanishing

The New York Times recently carried an article about how jury trials are vanishing. While the focus of the article is on criminal trials, fewer civil […]
August 10, 2016

Voting law in North Carolina struck down

The New York Times editorial board didn’t spare any words in its criticism of North Carolina’s attempt to control access to the voting booth. Here’s the […]
May 26, 2016

New rule regarding overtime pay

The Obama administration unveiled a new rule Wednesday that will make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that delivers a long-sought victory for labor […]
March 3, 2016

The step-by-step guide to firing someone

Not everyone does it well, but for the sake of your company—and your employees—learning how to terminate someone’s employment is an important skill to learn. No, […]
February 21, 2016

The “fine print” and arbitration clauses

People joke about the “fine print” in contracts, but often the fine print is no laughing matter, especially when it comes to arbitration clauses. If arbitration […]
October 15, 2015

Ohio Bill Favors Hiring Veterans

The State of Ohio is moving toward passing a bill that would make it legal for companies in the private sector to favor veterans and their […]
October 15, 2015

Enforcement of prenuptial agreement

Our client, a land developer, was sued for divorce. His wife sought spousal support despite the provisions in their prenuptial agreement. She argued that the agreement […]
October 15, 2015

Defense of tax evasion / charitable organization

We were retained by a former professional athlete who was under investigation for alleged tax evasion. Our firm participated in extensive negotiations with the Office of […]