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Ohio Supreme Court to Decide if Public Bodies May Vote by Secret Ballot

June 6, 2018

This morning the Ohio Supreme Court accepted our appeal from a Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals case questioning whether Ohio’s Open Meetings Act permits public bodies to vote by secret ballot. A 2011 Ohio Attorney General’s Opinion Letter says no, as does a 2011 Hamilton County Common Pleas Court decision. But to date, the Ohio … Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court to Decide if Public Bodies May Vote by Secret Ballot

By: Brian C. Shrive

Gang of Five Files Answer Denying Violations of Open Meetings Act

June 4, 2018

Today, attorneys for the City of Cincinnati filed the self-proclaimed “Gang of Five’s” answer to the April 9, 2018 Open Meetings Complaint (read the complaint here, read additional blog posts about the case here and here). Surprisingly, the Gang of Five deny that they conducted meetings via telephone, email, and text message.  We say surprisingly, because the … Continue reading Gang of Five Files Answer Denying Violations of Open Meetings Act

By: Brian C. Shrive

CABR reports home sales volume and home prices set new records, listings down

May 24, 2018

The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors today reported that home sales volume was up 4% year over year for April, listings are down 12.5% and average home sales prices are up 4.82%.  These trends mirror the trends we are seeing in both the law firm and the title insurance company. You may ready the CABR … Continue reading CABR reports home sales volume and home prices set new records, listings down

By: Christopher P. Finney

PROPERTY TAX VALUATION: Ohio Supreme Court Continues to Enforce Plain Meaning of Recent Amendments

May 23, 2018

As has been discussed in numerous posts on our firm’s blog, see here, here, and here, the changes to Ohio’s property valuation law enacted in 2012 are slowly coming into effect as the Ohio Supreme Court has been consistently ruling that the changes made by the legislator mean exactly what they say. Notably, R.C. 5713.03 was amended … Continue reading PROPERTY TAX VALUATION: Ohio Supreme Court Continues to Enforce Plain Meaning of Recent Amendments

By: Brian C. Shrive

Cincinnati’s Gang of Five Admits to Additional Sunshine Law Violations

May 22, 2018

As part of their responses to the first round of discovery in our Open Meetings lawsuit, Cincinnati City Council Members PG Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard, and Greg Landsman – the Self-Proclaimed “Gang of Five” – have now admitted to additional Sunshine Law violations: other meetings conducted via text message, and whispering and texting … Continue reading Cincinnati’s Gang of Five Admits to Additional Sunshine Law Violations

By: Brian C. Shrive

Finney Law Firm files suit to obtain Public Records related to Secret Payoffs made by Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval

April 30, 2018

As part of his political “house cleaning” when he first took office, Aftab Pureval paid severance packages to outgoing employees and required that they sign non-disclosure agreements. Local government watchdog Mark Miller asked for copies of these records, only to be ignored by Aftab Pureval. Now, six weeks after Pureval received the request, and with … Continue reading Finney Law Firm files suit to obtain Public Records related to Secret Payoffs made by Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval

By: Brian C. Shrive

Ohio Sunshine Law: Enquirer highlights and praises our work forcing open Cincinnati City Council “text message” meetings

April 21, 2018

We call it “Making a Difference” for the taxpayers and voters of the City of Cincinnati. A bare majority of Cincinnati City Council, led by P.G. Sittenfeld, staged a sort of coup d’état a few weeks back, effectively seizing power from Mayor John Cranley over the administration by saving the City Manager from an announced … Continue reading Ohio Sunshine Law: Enquirer highlights and praises our work forcing open Cincinnati City Council “text message” meetings

By: Christopher P. Finney

Ohio Employment Law: Can Your Social Media Post Violate Your Non-compete or Non-solicitation Agreement?

April 19, 2018

Social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are commonly used by employees to provide updates about their professional careers and business activities. When posting about such things, most people probably don’t think about whether they might be breaching a contract they made with a previous employer. They should. There have recently been several cases … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can Your Social Media Post Violate Your Non-compete or Non-solicitation Agreement?

By: Stephen E. Imm