Entries by MRR Law

Insurance Coverage; COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims; Interpretation and Application of the “Virus Exclusion”

By Michael P. Byrne, Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr., and Doug Holthus Throughout the country and due to the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic, business owners are presenting business interruption claims to their commercial insurance carriers. With fair regularity, insurers are denying these claims based upon a “Virus Exclusion” within the insured’s policy. These claim denials then […]

H.B. 352 Clarifies and Modifies Ohio’s Employment Discrimination Statutes

By Kathleen Minahan On January 12, 2021, Governor DeWine signed into law H.B. 352 (the “Employment Law Uniformity Act”) which makes overdue changes and provides long-awaited clarifications to Ohio’s employment discrimination statutes. Subject to two exceptions described below, an employee who wishes to pursue a claim for employment discrimination will now be required to exhaust […]

MRR Announces 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been selected to the 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. In the firm’s Cleveland office, Todd Raskin, John McLandrich, Frank Scialdone, and Jeffrey Kay earned Super Lawyer honors. In the Columbus office, Doug Holthus and Paul-Michael La Fayette were […]

Todd Raskin Featured in Super Lawyers® Article “Defending a Municipality from Section 1983 Lawsuits”

MRR Partner and Civil Rights Law expert, Todd M. Raskin, has defended civil rights claims for more than 30 years. In this week’s Super Lawyers® article “Defending a Municipality from Section 1983 Lawsuits,” he explains what municipalities should know about defending Section 1983 lawsuits and how civil rights claims proceed in Ohio. Passed as a […]

COVID-19 / Immunity; Civil Liability Relief for Ohio Businesses and Others

Ohio H.B. 606 became law effective September 14, 2020. Equally important, the new law’s protections have been made retroactive to March 9, 2020 – the date of Governor Mike DeWine’s first Executive Order relating to the pandemic. The law provides businesses, schools and health care workers relatively broad and comprehensive civil immunity from liability for […]

Ohio Lawmakers Propose New Police Reform Legislation

By: Ryan Bockmuller Recently, the Ohio Legislature has introduced a number of police reform bills which, if passed, could materially impact the provision of police services in the State of Ohio. House Bill 706, introduced by Rep. Erica Crawly (D – Dist. 26) and Rep. Thomas West (D – Dist. 49), seeks to enact R.C. […]

Opioid Epidemic; Pharmaceutical Distributor and Insurance Coverage; Ohio First Appellate District

By Cara Wright On June 24, 2020, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals held in Acuity v. Masters Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1st Dist. Hamilton No. C-190176, 2020-Ohio-3440 that an insurer has a duty to defend an insured pharmaceutical distributor in lawsuits brought by governmental entities for costs incurred combating the opioid epidemic. This declaratory judgment […]

Title VII Protects Homosexual and Transgender Workers

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title VII outlaws discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Until yesterday, federal courts across the country were divided on whether Title […]