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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

Brian Shrive Discusses Latest in Sunshine Suits with Brian Thomas

April 19, 2018

This morning Finney Law Firm attorney Brian Shrive spoke with 55KRC’s Brian Thomas about the latest suit against Cincinnati’s self-proclaimed “gang of five.” This suit seeks to uncover additional records of the councilmembers’ communications regarding City Manager Harry Black and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in the days and weeks leading up to the calls to fire … Continue reading Brian Shrive Discusses Latest in Sunshine Suits with Brian Thomas

By: Brian C. Shrive

Finney Law Firm Files Suit for Public Records

April 18, 2018

Today, Finney Law Firm filed suit against the self-proclaimed “gang of five” – PG Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard, and Greg Landsman – seeking production of public records they are withholding in violation of Ohio’s Public Records Law. On April 9, 2018, Finney Law Firm submitted a public records request on behalf of Mark Miller, to … Continue reading Finney Law Firm Files Suit for Public Records

By: Brian C. Shrive

Cincinnati Releases Batch of Illegal Meeting Text Messages

April 18, 2018

This morning the City of Cincinnati released a collection of text messages exchanged between five Cincinnati Councilmembers that made up a series of illegal meetings regarding the question of whether and how to terminate the City Manager. While the City has yet to produce all of the responsive records, this production demonstrates the need for our lawsuit … Continue reading Cincinnati Releases Batch of Illegal Meeting Text Messages

By: Brian C. Shrive

Ohio Employment Law: Supreme Court changes longstanding overtime rule

April 17, 2018

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is the Federal law that requires most employers to pay at least the “minimum wage” to their employees, and to pay employees 1 1/2 times their “regular” rate of pay (called “overtime pay”) when they work more than 40 hours a week. However, there is a long list of … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Supreme Court changes longstanding overtime rule

By: Stephen E. Imm

Review of Ohio House Bill No. 446

April 10, 2018

Powers of attorney are written authorizations to represent or act on another person’s behalf.  The person granting the authorization is the principal and the person to whom authorization is granted is the agent.  A standard power of attorney gives the agent the authority to act immediately and identifies the specific powers that the agent may … Continue reading Review of Ohio House Bill No. 446

By: Eli N. Krafte-Jacobs

Cincinnati Open Meetings Lawsuit Gets Extensive Media Coverage

April 10, 2018

Cincinnati’s print, digital, and broadcast media have given extensive coverage to our recent suit against five rogue Cincinnati City Council members to put a stop to secret meetings conducted via email and text message. We are proud to represent citizen activist Mark Miller in this case. The  Cincinnati Enquirer’s story by Sharon Coolidge is here. Jennifer Baker’s story … Continue reading Cincinnati Open Meetings Lawsuit Gets Extensive Media Coverage

By: Brian C. Shrive