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Ohio Supreme Court affirms rejection of bulk sales valuation

July 3, 2014

Our legal practice includes a healthy portion of property tax valuation work — challenging excessive valuations of real property by County Auditors to ultimately reduce the tax burdens for our clients.  In that practice area, we occasionally represent real estate developers who hold developed residential and commercial lots, and or condominiums that are have similar characteristics. One generally … Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court affirms rejection of bulk sales valuation

By: Christopher P. Finney

Disinheriting in Ohio – it’s not as simple as you may think

July 1, 2014

A recent First District Court of Appeals decision highlights the importance of a thorough and properly executed will – particularly if you are seeking to disinherit a child or grandchild. In Chambers v. Davis, C-130645, the decedent’s will specified that her daughter and grandson were to receive nothing from the estate, and bequeathed specified items … Continue reading Disinheriting in Ohio – it’s not as simple as you may think

The impact of today’s Harris decision on forced unionism of public employees

June 30, 2014

Politico has a brief summary of today’s Harris v. Quinn decision from the U.S. Supreme Court here.  As with the Hobby Lobby decision, it is narrow and cautious.  It is entirely limited to the attempt by the Illinois legislature to force home health care workers into unions, and likely does not apply directly to other fact … Continue reading The impact of today’s Harris decision on forced unionism of public employees

By: Christopher P. Finney

Here’s the Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision in plain English

June 30, 2014

Our very short plain English version of the Hobby Lobby decision from the U.S. Supreme Court today is that the decision very narrowly exempts  corporations whose shares are “each owned and controlled by members of a single family” from the contraceptive mandate based upon religious beliefs. The longer Plain English version is here from the SCOTUS … Continue reading Here’s the Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision in plain English

By: Christopher P. Finney

Monday morning showdown on Tea Party v. IRS case in Judge Dlott’s courtroom

June 29, 2014

Monday morning at 10 AM, we have oral argument on Motions to Dismiss filed by the IRS, Lois Lerner, Holly Paz, Douglas Schulman and the rest of the rogue’s gallery of characters in the IRS scandal in front of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott on one of the several suits that have been filed against the … Continue reading Monday morning showdown on Tea Party v. IRS case in Judge Dlott’s courtroom

By: Christopher P. Finney

Two major SCOTUS decisions released Monday, Hobby Lobby and Harris v. Quinn

June 28, 2014

The end of the October 2013 term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Monday, and they have two major decisions remaining on the docket: 1) Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (originally Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby), which addresses the requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act, and more broadly the right of businesses owners to express … Continue reading Two major SCOTUS decisions released Monday, Hobby Lobby and Harris v. Quinn

By: Christopher P. Finney

US Supreme Court invalidates recess appointments; sweeps away a year-and-a-half of NLRB decisions

June 27, 2014

In a remarkable decision, the United States Supreme Court today unanimously struck down President Obama’s recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board.  The invalidation of the appointments was notable in itself, but the Court at the same time swept away a year and a half of decisions of the NLRB, as the … Continue reading US Supreme Court invalidates recess appointments; sweeps away a year-and-a-half of NLRB decisions

By: Christopher P. Finney

The Roberts Court again embraces First Amendment

June 26, 2014

When the book is written on the legacy of the Roberts era at the United States Supreme Court, there will many chapters weaving together the cases presented over its years.  But, if the Court continues its present trajectory, one very thick chapter of that tome will be its expansive First Amendment jurisprudence. Today, in McCullen v. Coakley, the high Court … Continue reading The Roberts Court again embraces First Amendment

By: Christopher P. Finney

U.S. District Court sides with County in “Responsible Bidder” litigation

June 26, 2014

More than $3.2 billion in construction projects have been put on ice by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District as a result of mandates imposed by Cincinnati City Council at the behest of labor unions that were opposed by the Hamilton County Commissioners. That impasse was broken today by U.S. District Court Magistrate Karen Litkovitz with a 29-page … Continue reading U.S. District Court sides with County in “Responsible Bidder” litigation

By: Christopher P. Finney