Presidential candidate Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian

We are proud that our “of counsel” attorney Curt Hartman has been retained to represent presidential candidate Kanye West. West recently received notice from the Ohio Secretary of State and Ohio Attorney General that he would not be on the November ballot due to claimed (and entirely incorrect) hyper-technical petition deficiencies.

Hartman has challenged the ballot access denial in an original action before the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court has already established an accelerated calendar for consideration of the challenge. Read more here.

Finney Law Firm and Hartman have successfully pursued dozens of public interest suits over the years, including elections law challenges.

For help with your public interest case, contact Chris Finney at (513) 943-6655.

As many in the Ohio real estate, title and finance industries are aware, this firm along with the firm of Markovits, Stock and Demarco are co-counsel to several Plaintiffs challenging a long-running real estate scam that has ensnared hundreds of victims in the greater Cincinnati marketplace.

The Complaint alleges causes of action under Civil RICO, Civil Conspiracy, Breach of Fiduciary Duty by both the various Build Realty companies, First Title and Pat Connors, Negligence against First Title and Pat Connors, Unjust Enrichment, and a declaration that the various schemes designed to avoid the statutory right of redemption and the right of a borrower to excess proceeds under a lending arrangement are illegal, and that the trusts themselves are illegal and contrary to public policy.

The defendants in the proposed Amended Complaint include:

  • Build Realty, Inc.
  • First Title Agency, Inc.
  • Edgar Construction, LLC
  • Cincy Construction, LLC
  • McGregor , First Title, LLC
  • Cowtown Holdings, LLC
  • Build SWO, LLC
  • Greenleaf Support Services, LLC
  • Gary Bailey as Trustee and individually
  • George Triantafilou, as trustee and individually
  • Robert Scott Whiteside
  • G2 Technologies, LLC
  • GT Financial, LLC
  • Five Mile Capital Partners, LLC
  • Smith Graham & Co., Investment Advisors, L.P.
  • Pat Connors

A copy of the proposed form of Amended Complaint is here and below.

It appears this case will soon be moving forward before Federal District Court Judge Cole.

We will endeavor to keep victims updated by means of this blog as developments occur.

If you have questions, it’s best to email Christopher P. Finney. You may also call him at 513-720-2996.

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Last week, the Small Business Administration agreed to disclose the business names and locations, number of employees and loan amounts for all Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans in excess of $150,000. The Administration released the information this morning at 10 a.m. CT. As a result, the loan for your small business may become public as part of the disclosure.

Even though your bank may treat loan information as confidential, in this case, the disclosure of information is directly from the SBA as part of the Freedom of Information Act outlined in the PPP instructions. For more information, please refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury website.

If you need assistance with obtaining or forgiveness of a PPP loan, please contact Rebecca Simpson Heimlich (513.797.2856).


Friday, Finney Law Firm and The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law filed suit in Warren County, Ohio to fully open Ohio day cares. Under orders from Ohio Department of Health Director Lance Himes day cares are operating at only partial capacity and under draconian rules.  Judge Timothy Tepe has been assigned to the case.

You may read the Complaint here and below.

The release from the 1851 Center is here.

The suit follows decisions obtained by these same attorneys in Rock House Fitness (Judge Eugene Lucci, Lake County) and Kalahari Resorts (Erie County, Judge Binette) finding that Dr. Amy Acton’s orders shuttering Ohio businesses was illegal and unconstitutional.

For more information, contact Chris Finney (513.720.2996).

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Today, the State of Ohio and Dr. Amy Acton appealed the decision of Judge Eugene Lucci of Lake County Common Pleas Court in Rock House Fitness, Inc., et al v. Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, et al.

That was a ground-breaking decision ruling that Dr. Acton and Governor DeWine do not have the legal authority to close gyms in Ohio under Dr. Acton’s statutory powers.

Read the Notice of Appeal here and below.

Read Judge Lucci’s decision here.

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A second in a series of wrongful arrest claims against local police for what amounts to racial profiling was filed this week by Finney Law Firm attorney Bradley M. Gibson, this time against the Village of Elmwood Place and police officer Robert McConnell. The Plaintiff is Monday Oduimoh.

You may read the Complaint here and below.

You may read the Cincinnati Enquirer story here. Video of the incident accompanies the story, separately linked here.

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Ohio’s largest hotel and convention center, Kalahari Park in Sandusky

In a second State Court win against the arbitrary and unconstitutional shut-down Orders of Dr. Amy Acton and Governor Mike DeWine, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law (Maurice Thompson) and Finney Law Firm (Christopher Finney and Julie Gugino) today obtained a Preliminary Injunction for the re-opening of Kalahari Water Park and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Read the Order here and below. More on this will follow.

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As is reported here by Jennifer Baker of Fox 19, today Finney Law Firm filed suit against Dr. Amy Action, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, to allow planned summer music festivals to proceed.

Read the story here.

David Nethers of Fox 8 in Cleveland also has the story here.

Read the Complaint here.

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