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That Demon Spirit! – Alcohol Liability and the Social Host

Many of us enjoy a happy hour cocktail, a beer at a cookout, or a nightcap after a long day. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is a regular and often anticipated part of social interaction. With summer upon us, the frequency of parties, cookouts, reunions, golf outings, picnics and the like provide many opportunities for us […]

Homeowner Liability For Pool Party Accidents – or, “What Happens When Cousin Eddie Throws Someone in the Pool?”

It’s almost Memorial Day. Holidays, nice weather and summer vacations lend themselves to socializing and outdoor entertainment and pools around the region are or will be opening to welcome summer festivities. While it is great to relax with friends, family or colleagues around the pool, the potential for injury also unfortunately increases. According to the […]

Think you’ve made a valid claim against an estate? Think again…

            The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that in order for a claim against an estate to be effective pursuant to R.C. 2117.06(A)(1)(a), it must be presented to the executor or administrator in writing.  Wilson v. Lawrence, 2017-Ohio-1410.  In Wilson, the Court faced the issue of whether delivery of a creditor’s claim to a […]

Recent Release of Updated 2017 AIA A201 Contract Form

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released the 2017 edition of its frequently used design-bid-build standard contract documents, including the widely used General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, the A201 form. As many construction attorneys and their contractor clients, this form is the basis for many commercial construction contracts.  There appear to be […]

No Compensation for Hollywood Hi-jinx

No Compensation for Hollywood Hi-jinx State ex rel. Cuyahoga Lakefront Land, LLC v. Cleveland, 148 Ohio St.3d 531, 2016-Ohio-7592. Cleveland has seen better days, but it is apparently the perfect spot for Hollywood crews looking for cityscapes to film in.  So, when a production company applied for a permit to close a portion of West […]

Best Offers Are Not Always The Highest

So you want a troubled property, and you throw out the biggest bid.  Does that mean you win?  Not always.  A good receiver knows better.  Case in point: Yidi, LLC v. JHB Hotel, LLC, et al., 8th Dist. No. 104856, 2017-Ohio-1285. This story begins when Yidi, LLC filed an action against JHB Hotel, LLC, 3M […]

Are Landowners Liable When Contractors Are Injured on Their Property? Case Study

Case Study: Strayer v. Cox, 2d Dist. No. 2015-CA-6, 2015-Ohio-2781.     Jonathan F. Hung, Esquire, Associate Attorney, Green & Green, Lawyers   Richard Strayer, was no stranger to dangerous situations.  He had worked in residential and commercial construction, which included climbing cell phone towers between 180 and 1,600 feet tall.  He had worn safety and body […]

Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements

In recent years, limited liability companies (“LLCs”) have become a standard business entity option for startups and even large commercial entities.  LLCs offer ease of creation and operation while providing liability protection and tax advantages to members.  LLCs do not have the many technical requirements of corporations in formation or operation.  LLCs can be used […]