Ohio Supreme Court News

Ohio Supreme Finds Ditch Diggers Misclassified as Independent Contractors

Ditch diggers who accepted work assignments online and used their own spades and shovels to do the work cannot be classified as independent contractors by a company that contracted with Time Warner Cable to install underground lines, a divided Ohio …

Ohio High Court Rules Coverage Owed for Contamination That Ruined Product

Contamination that ruined more than $1 million worth of glass containers manufactured by a policyholder’s customer counts as damage that is covered by an umbrella insurance policy, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed that …

Ohio High Court Hears Lawsuit Over Company’s COVID Losses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio business says its insurance company must compensate it for financial losses suffered during a pandemic-related shutdown. The insurance company refused to pay, saying its policy didn’t cover such losses. The Ohio Supreme Court heard …

6th Circuit Issues Third Opinion Rejecting COVID-19 Business-Interruption Claim

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the dismissal of another lawsuit seeking coverage for COVID-19 business-interruption losses, this one filed jointly by 16 private pre-schools in Ohio. It was the third ruling by the 6th Circuit in …

6th Circuit Reverses Order That Found COVID Orders Caused Direct Physical Loss

A federal appellate court reversed a rare policyholder win in a COVID-19 related business-interruption claim, once again holding that government orders that restrict the use of a property do not constitute a “direct physical loss or damage” that requires coverage. …

6th Circuit Joins 8th and 11th in Rejecting COVID-Related Business Interruption Claim

A third federal appellate court has ruled against a policyholder seeking business-interruption coverage for income lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. A panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision released Wednesday, affirmed a district court …

Court Weighs Drug Distributor’s Insurance Coverage Fight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance company for a drug distributor should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company’s fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. Justices on …

Ohio Can Sue VW Over Emissions Scandal, State’s Top Court Rules

Ohio’s Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the state’s attorney general to move forward with a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG over its “Dieselgate” scandal and manipulation of emissions-control systems. The court ruled 6-1 that the federal Clean Air …

High Court: Armed Ohio School Employees Require Training

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — School districts that allow employees to be armed must also require police-level training for those workers, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a victory for a group of parents who challenged a local district’s …

Ohio Supreme and 8th Circuit Mull Whether COVID Can Cause Direct Physical Loss

Two appellate courts took steps this week toward answering a key question that may seal the fate of some 1,500 lawsuits seeking insurance coverage for COVID-19-related business-interruption losses: Does the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or people infected with it …