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Gang of Five Submits Text Messages to Court of Appeals for In Camera Review

November 20, 2018

Attorneys for the City of Cincinnati today gave the Court of Appeals copies of the text messages responsive to our April 9, 2018 public records request. Our request seeks communications between members of the self-proclaimed “Gang of Five” (Councilmembers Landsman, Sittenfeld, Dennard, Seelbach, and Young) and any other council member related to the official business … Continue reading Gang of Five Submits Text Messages to Court of Appeals for In Camera Review

By: Brian C. Shrive

Ohio Employment Law: Can employers prohibit employees from recording in the workplace?

November 11, 2018

These days, just about everyone is walking around with a device that can take pictures, videos, and audio recordings of anything at any time. In the workplace, this means employees can record conversations and events that take place at work. In most states, employees can record conversations they are having – including conversations with supervisors … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can employers prohibit employees from recording in the workplace?

By: Stephen E. Imm

Pureval Lawsuit Returned to State Court

November 9, 2018

Finney Law Firm’s lawsuit on behalf of Brittney Heitman against Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval has been remanded back to the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Readers will recall that Heitman filed suit in August to have a non-disparagement clause declared unenforceable under Ohio law. Heitman was fired from the clerk of court’s office … Continue reading Pureval Lawsuit Returned to State Court

By: Brian C. Shrive

Finney Law Firm Files Motion to Dismiss Appeal in Open Meetings Lawsuit

November 7, 2018

Finney Law Firm has filed a motion to dismiss the appeal filed by Cincinnati City Councilmembers Greg Landsman, PG Sittenfeld, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard, and Chris Seelbach in the Open Meetings lawsuit surrounding the “gang of five” illegal meetings that were uncovered by our client Mark Miller. The councilmembers have appealed Judge Ruehlman’s discovery order to produce documents … Continue reading Finney Law Firm Files Motion to Dismiss Appeal in Open Meetings Lawsuit

Finney Law Firm Files Contempt Motion against Cincinnati Councilmembers

November 5, 2018

Today Finney Law Firm filed a motion seeking to have Judge Ruehlman hold Cincinnati City Councilmembers Greg Landsman, PG Sittenfeld, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard, and Christopher Seelbach in contempt for failing to comply with his Discovery Order issued in the open meetings lawsuit filed on behalf of Mark Miller. Read the motion below or here. … Continue reading Finney Law Firm Files Contempt Motion against Cincinnati Councilmembers

By: Brian C. Shrive

Cincinnati’s Gang of Five Appeals Order to Produce Documents

November 1, 2018

Just days before Cincinnati City Councilmembers Greg Landsman, PG Sittenfeld, Tamaya Dennard, Wendell Young, and Chris Seelbach (the self-proclaimed “Gang of Five”) are due to produce emails and text messages in response to our discovery requests, their attorneys have filed a notice of appeal. Last week Judge Ruehlman ordered the Gang of Five to provide … Continue reading Cincinnati’s Gang of Five Appeals Order to Produce Documents

By: Brian C. Shrive

Ohio Supreme Court Issues Instructive Decision in Property Valuation Case

October 27, 2018

In a unanimous per curiam opinion, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that even when there is a recent arm’s-length sale, appraisal evidence of value should be considered to contradict the sale price. In Spirit Master Funding IX, L.L.C. v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd. of Revision, Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-4302, the subject property was sold twice in … Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court Issues Instructive Decision in Property Valuation Case

By: Brian C. Shrive

Pureval Seeks Fifth Bite at the Apple to Delay Elections Commission Investigation

October 24, 2018

Fresh off a loss at the Tenth District Court of Appeals, Aftab Pureval has filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court seeking to halt the Ohio Elections Commission investigation into campaign finance violations by his Clerk of Courts Campaign. This will be the Pureval’s fifth attempt at halting the investigation; having lost this argument … Continue reading Pureval Seeks Fifth Bite at the Apple to Delay Elections Commission Investigation

By: Brian C. Shrive