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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

Judge Ruehlman Orders Discovery to Proceed in Gang of Five Suit

October 23, 2018

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled that Cincinnati Councilmembers Sittenfeld, Dennard, Landsman, Seelbach, and Young – the self-named Gang of Five – must respond to our discovery requests and turn over all text messages they exchanged with other council members since January 1, 2018 as part of the Open Meetings Suit filed … Continue reading Judge Ruehlman Orders Discovery to Proceed in Gang of Five Suit

By: Brian C. Shrive

Pureval Adds Fourth Law Firm in Elections Commission Investigation

October 20, 2018

Finney Law Firm was notified this morning that Aftab Pureval has hired a fourth law firm to represent him in the Ohio Elections Commission investigation into his campaign spending. The newest member of Pureval’s legal team is noted class-action attorney Paul DeMarco of Markovits, Stock & DeMarco. DeMarco previously represented another former Chabot opponent, Steve … Continue reading Pureval Adds Fourth Law Firm in Elections Commission Investigation

By: Brian C. Shrive

Aftab Pureval Files Suit to Stop Elections Commission Investigation

October 20, 2018

Aftab Pureval recently filed suit in the Franklin County Court of Appeals seeking a writ of prohibition ordering the Ohio Elections Commission to halt its investigation into questionable spending by his clerk of courts campaign.  The Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order are available online  here and here. The Ohio Elections Commission filed a … Continue reading Aftab Pureval Files Suit to Stop Elections Commission Investigation

By: Brian C. Shrive

Ohio Employment Law: Can an employee be fired for legally using medical marijuana?

October 7, 2018

As with many other states, Ohio now permits its citizens to consume marijuana legally if it is validly prescribed by a physician for a medical condition. The question arises as to whether this has any implications for employment. Are employees who use medically prescribed marijuana protected from discharge for their marijuana usage? Are employers still … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can an employee be fired for legally using medical marijuana?

By: Stephen E. Imm

Transcript of Board of Elections Special Meeting Released

September 19, 2018

The Hamilton County Board of Elections released a transcript of this mornings meeting. Read the transcript on scribd here or below. Also released was a new filing by the Aftab Pureval campaign – the unredacted checks showing that the $16,500 payment to GBA Strategies – a DC polling firm – was indeed for polling, not … Continue reading Transcript of Board of Elections Special Meeting Released

By: Brian C. Shrive

Corruption at Hamilton County Board of Elections?

September 18, 2018

The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Hamilton County Board of Elections is opening its own investigation into Aftab Pureval’s campaign finance reporting, and the history of the redactions to checks filed by his campaign. The controversy has erupted in response to Pureval’s claim that a Board of Elections employees made redactions to his campaign. Now it … Continue reading Corruption at Hamilton County Board of Elections?

By: Brian C. Shrive