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Constitutional Law: Channel 19 covers illegal arrest and search of Realtor and home buyer while simply viewing house

July 16, 2019

Tonight, Channel 19 has a well-researched story by Jennifer Edwards Baker of our clients, Jerry Isham — Realtor — and his buyer Tony Edwards, innocently looking at a house in West Price Hill for possible sale, when they were rousted by eight Cincinnati Police Officers with guns drawn.  The police then illegally detained and handcuffed … Continue reading Constitutional Law: Channel 19 covers illegal arrest and search of Realtor and home buyer while simply viewing house

By: Christopher P. Finney

Ohio Real Estate Law: Finney Law Firm wins yet another “Point-of-Sale Inspections” class action

July 9, 2019

In May, Finney Law Firm notched its fourth in a series of wins in class actions against point-of-sale inspection ordinances in Ohio and Kentucky.  Previous judgments or settlements have been achieved against Covington, Kentucky, Oakwood, Ohio and Portsmouth, Ohio.  Each Ohio case was co-counseled with attorney Maurice Thompson and the non-profit law firm the 1851 … Continue reading Ohio Real Estate Law: Finney Law Firm wins yet another “Point-of-Sale Inspections” class action

By: Christopher P. Finney

Advanced Ohio Title Insurance Topics: To preserve General Warranty Covenants and benefits of title insurance, don’t “break the chain”

July 2, 2019

As we discuss here and here, title insurance provides a lifetime of coverage to the insured owner, and covenants in a general warranty deed also last forever.  This is true, however, only as to losses sustained by the insured under a title insurance policy and the grantee under a general warranty deed, and essentially as … Continue reading Advanced Ohio Title Insurance Topics: To preserve General Warranty Covenants and benefits of title insurance, don’t “break the chain”

By: Christopher P. Finney

New Twist in Cincinnati Gang of Five Records

June 29, 2019

Updated with links to recent filings below More than three months after the open meetings lawsuit against Cincinnati’s self-proclaimed “Gang of Five” – Councilmembers Tamaya Dennard, Greg Landsman, Wendell Young, Chris Seelbach and PG Sittenfeld – there is a new development with the filing of a lawsuit against the City of Cincinnati, Binary Intelligence, and … Continue reading New Twist in Cincinnati Gang of Five Records

By: Brian C. Shrive

The best expert witness cross examination question ever!

June 27, 2019

As I meet with clients to explain the expensive and drawn-out odyssey that litigation can become, it can be a challenge to explain the mind-bending mental gymnastics that attorneys can force parties to endure.  Things that are painfully logical and simple to ordinary folks (laymen, non-attorneys) can be expensive and difficult to establish in court … Continue reading The best expert witness cross examination question ever!

By: Christopher P. Finney

Ohio Real Estate Law: Buyers backing out of residential purchase contracts

June 15, 2019

The hot topic today in Ohio real estate law is the problem for sellers and Realtors of buyers backing out of residential purchase contracts and thus, after tying up a property for 15 to 30 days, putting the property back on the market for sale. This creates the problem of a “stale” listing and the … Continue reading Ohio Real Estate Law: Buyers backing out of residential purchase contracts

By: Christopher P. Finney

Shoddy construction and late completion claims are “trending”

June 12, 2019

As lawyers experienced in Ohio real estate  law, we get  calls from existing and new clients nearly daily with the problem du  jour.  We have seen mortgage fraud, we have seen fraudulent deeds, we have seen predatory lenders, and we have seen home builders go bust. The calls we are getting lately (other than complaints … Continue reading Shoddy construction and late completion claims are “trending”

By: Christopher P. Finney

Additional Text Messages Released By Cincinnati City Council

June 5, 2019

Today the City of Cincinnati released additional secret text messages between members of council discussing the Harry Black firing. The Court of Claims ordered the City to produce these documents as part of a lawsuit filed by Angenette Levy and Channel 12. The text messages are searchable below and here.

By: Brian C. Shrive

Ohio Employment Law: Does being salaried mean an employee is not entitled to overtime?

May 27, 2019

A common misconception about wage and hour law is that salaried employees are not eligible to receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. This is sometimes true, but not always. Generally speaking, the law  divides employees into “exempt” and “non-exempt” employees. An “exempt” employee is an employee who is … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Does being salaried mean an employee is not entitled to overtime?