Ohio Supreme Court News

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 …

‘That Lady Is Drunk!’ Court Weighs Citizen Tip Validity

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The legal authority of a shouted tip to a state trooper about an impaired driver — “That lady is drunk!” — is before the Ohio Supreme Court in a question over constitutional protections from illegal search …

Viewpoint: Ohio at Epicenter in Quest for COVID-19 Business Interruption Cover

In our original first alert about COVID-19 business interruption insurance coverage that we authored at the pandemic’s outset, we predicted extreme rigidness by insurance companies and coverage denials galore. Regrettably for policyholders, our prediction came true, with myriad insurance coverage …

Caffeine Bought Online Killed Teen. But is Amazon at Fault?

COLUMBUS — Logan Stiner was just days from high school graduation when his brother found him unresponsive in their family’s home southwest of Cleveland in May 2014. Stiner, 18, died of cardiac arrhythmia and seizure from acute caffeine toxicity, a …

Ohio High Court: Subcontractor’s Faulty Work Not Covered by GC’s Policy

The Ohio Supreme Court in early October ruled that a general contractor’s commercial general liability policy (CGL) does not cover the faulty work of a subcontractor. In its consideration of Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servs., Inc., the court …

Ohio Woman Loses Suit Over Foliage Growing Near Stop Sign

A woman suing an Ohio city over foliage growing in front of a stop sign that she says caused her to have an accident has lost her fight in the state Supreme Court. According to court documents, Judith Pelletier was …

Ohio High Court Strikes Down Traffic Camera Restrictions

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld cities’ use of traffic camera enforcement for a third time, striking down as unconstitutional legislative restrictions that included requiring a police officer to be present. The ruling was 5-2 in support of the …

Ohio Supreme Court Considers Traffic Camera Use Again

For the third time in less than a decade, the use of traffic cameras by Ohio cities is before the state Supreme Court. Attorneys for the city of Dayton will Tuesday urge the justices to reject a law passed by …

Court Rules Ohio Good Samaritan Immunity Law Covers Non-Medical Help

A divided Ohio Supreme Court says the state’s good Samaritan law applies to individuals trying to provide non-medical help in emergencies. The court ruled 4-3 Tuesday in favor of a man sued after his unsuccessful efforts to free another man …

Ohio High Court Rejects Inferred-Intent Doctrine in Fair Housing Discrimination Case

For purposes of an intentional injury exclusion, the intent to cause injury may be established by proof of actual intent to injure or when the character of the act is such that an intention to inflict the injury can be …