Entries by MRR Law

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 […]

New Ohio Tax Law May Alter Municipal Income Tax

HB 197 went into effect on March 27, 2020. This is a new Ohio law that may alter the way municipalities collect income tax as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The Ohio Legislative Service Commission stated in its Final Analysis that the new law redefines “principal place of work” as the city where homebound […]

Impacts of COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation

By Michael Byrne Ohio employers are forced to handle a multitude of unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. With regard to the issue of workers’ compensation, Ohio employers should be aware of several proposed and enacted changes that will affect claims handling, and determine whether or not claims arising from exposure to COVID-19 are […]

Dental Board Return To Practice Guidelines

On April 27, 2020, the Governor announced the schedule for businesses to return to operations to include the re-opening of dental practices for all dental procedures effective May 1. The return to practice includes strict adherence to Ohio Administrative Code provisions set forth in 4715-20 with respect to patient and personnel protection as well as […]