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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Last night, Empower U, the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, the Ohio Real Estate Investors Association, and Finney Law Firm  co-hosted a webinar for more than 140 participants on the topic of PPP loan forgiveness.

As background, in April, we helped hundreds of Ohio businesses access PPP and EIDL loan funds (see this webinar for small businesses for and this webinar aimed at independent contractors).

But Part #2 of the PPP program is qualifying for and applying for loan forgiveness. If you don’t do Part #2 properly, you will have to re-pay the funds.

Rebecca L. Simpson and Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup gave a detailed webinar (with a great and detailed PowerPoint) on the rules and approach to obtain forgiveness.  That webinar is posted by Empower U here.

If you have further questions about the PPP or EIDL loan programs, contact Rebecca L. Simpson (513.797.2856).


Concurrent with yesterday’s filing by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law’s suit against Dr. Amy Acton to reopen Kings Island and Cedar Point amusement Parks, we also filed a second suit in Erie County (Sandusky) to reopen Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Water Park.

That case was assigned to Common Pleas Court Judge Roger E. Binette. Today, we received the attached Judgment Entry from Judge Binette calling for an evidentiary hearing on Plaintiff’s request for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction. (See here and below.)

The Judge cautions both parties:

“Failure to appear may result in Court sanctions being imposed, including but not limited to, contempt actions.”

So, our attorneys and witnesses will be in Judge Binette’s courtroom Monday at 1:30 PM.

Kalahari’s resorts are America’s largest indoor water parks. Its Sandusky location has more 850 hotel rooms and a 225,000 SF water park, among dozens of other amenities.  It directly employs hundreds of Ohioans, and indirectly supports local businesses employing hundreds more.

Developments will be continuously posted on this web site and through our firms Twitter account: @FinneyLawFirm.

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Today, Finney Law Firm attorneys, along with Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, filed suit in Warren County Common Pleas Court against Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton to reopen Kings Island amusement park.

This is the seventh in a series of cases filed by Finney Law Firm to re-open businesses in Ohio.

Here and below is the Complaint.

Here is the Fox19 story on this case by Jennifer Edwards Baker.

Here is the Enquirer story on this case by Hannah K. Sparling.

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Faith is the Overcoming Victory! 1 John 5:4-5 - Therefore Now ...

Well, that didn’t take long.

On Monday, Finney Law Firm filed suit against Hamilton County’s Municipal Court Judges  at the Ohio Supreme Court to make them re-open eviction proceedings that had been shut down since March 15.

Just last week, presiding Judge Heather Russell had signed an order extending the eviction moratorium through July 1, and the Clerk was not scheduling new hearings until the end of July. In fact, the Clerk’s office was telling prospective plaintiffs that they had no idea when eviction court would re-open.

As is reported here, Hamilton County was the second-to-last of Ohio’s 88 counties to re-open eviction court.

On Wednesday, the Judges met and, possibly motivated by our law suit, voted to re-open eviction proceedings  essentially immediately, Monday, June 8. We’ll consider that a victory for our client!

We also want to thank the Cincinnati Real Estate Investors’ Association (CREIA) and the Ohio Real Estate Investors’ Association (OREIA)  for their initiation and funding of the suit!

Finally, our co-counsel, Curt Hartman led the legal team on this quick and successful battle.

Jennifer Edwards Baker of Fox 19 has the story here.

Dan Horn of the Enquirer has the story here.