When does the PUCO have jurisdiction over a claim

In Ohio, as in most states, public utilities have significant influence and power. One way in which the utility exercises that power is to try to move a case in litigation to a more utility-friendly venue, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Ohio Revised Code 4905.26 vests the PUCO...

A Workers’ Compensation Dilemma

What happens when a worker injured in a third-party settles a personal injury claim with a liability insurer before receiving BWC benefits? Third-party liability insurers making payments for injuries and damages from an on-the-job accident must provide prompt notice of its subrogation interests to the Ohio BWC.

Tort Times: It’s All About Relationships

As you know from my last article, I haven’t been a practicing attorney for long. I will admit in the very beginning it was confusing to me when I received a file that referred to the adverse party as a “claimant.” But you only need to read a claim file...

Product Recalls

More and more, we are seeing property damage caused by water, fire, and explosions as a direct result of a defective product. Many firms litigate but few actually litigate a product liability matter to completion. This is why we are trying to work with you to bundle these files to...

What is a Political Subdivision

Some interesting highlights from the statute include county hospitals along with their commissioners and trustees, port authorities, fire and ambulance districts, waste management districts, and correctional facilities. Further, identical language is contained in ORC 3345.50(B)(2) which applies to state universities and colleges.

Product Recalls

We have litigated product liability matters involving residential and commercial appliances, gas explosions, cellulose insulation, and sprinkler, plumbing and other water losses. Therefore, we believe we should inform you of the following Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls.

Propane Explosion

The home explosion, and subsequent fire, killed the defendant and damaged the insured’s home. The insured’s home was damaged beyond repair and had to be torn down. After a two and a half day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client, the insured, and against...