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The Little Miami High School Flag Controversy - Protected Speech or a Legitimate Penalty Flag for Inappropriate Expression?

To answer the question of whether the administrators at Little Miami High School had the right to prohibit speech that supports fallen firefighters and police officers who risked and sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, we must first understand the First Amendment and Supreme Court case law related to student speech.

$1 Million, Insurance Policy Limits, Recovered for Woman Injured by Dog Bite

A few lessons can be learned from this case. First, a smart business owner should always have at least a million-dollar insurance policy. Second, the lawyer you choose for a serious injury or death case will greatly impact the amount of money recovered and the time it takes to recover the money.

Does Post-Conviction House Arrest Count For Jail Time Credit?

In an update to our previous post on this topic found here: https://www.rittgers.com/blog/2018/05/does-post-conviction-house-arrest-count-for-jail-time-credit.shtml; the Ohio Supreme Court recently held that a defendant is not entitled to days he or she spent in postconviction house arrest. In Ohio v. Reed, 2020-Ohio-4255, the defendant was placed on five years of community control and given a five year suspended prison sentence. Defendant subsequently violated that community control and was placed on house arrest. He was subsequently placed on electronic monitoring after new charges were filed against him.

Ohio Residents And Out Of State OVI Convictions

If you are an Ohio resident and have been convicted of an OVI or DWI in another state that conviction will trigger penalties in Ohio. Following conviction, the state of conviction will send notice to the Ohio BMV. The Ohio BMV will, in turn, suspend your license for six months. The suspension ends on either the last day of the six-month period or the court suspension of the person's nonresident operating privileges, whichever is earlier.

Don't overlook soft-tissue injuries after a collision

When you think of car crashes, you probably imagine those who have been though the worst. They may have brain damage or spinal injuries. They may have an incredibly different life ahead of them.

You shouldn't overlook the damage that soft-tissue injuries can cause, either, though. These injuries may not always be permanent, but they can cause lasting and significant pain and suffering for the victim. Even those who heal may take many months or years to get back to the same state they were in prior to the crash.

What is Miami University's "Healthy Together Pledge" and what happens if I sign it?

Miami University is requiring all students that intend to return to campus in-person for the fall 2020 semester to sign its "Healthy Together Pledge" ("The Pledge"). A link to the Pledge can be found here.

If my child is assaulted by another child, does my child have a personal injury case?

The short answer is yes, but there are obstacles to overcome prior to obtaining compensation.

Your child has a claim against the child that caused injury. The claim includes payment for past medical bills, future medical bills, paid and suffering, and punitive damages. The biggest hurdle to overcome is collectability from any settlement or verdict.

Petty Theft Carries Serious Consequences

Ohio Revised Code §2913.02 contains Ohio's petty theft statute. A theft charge is considered petty theft if the value of the item taken is less than $1,000. So, stealing a $2 candy bar carries the same penalties as a $999 piece of clothing. Once the value of the item or services equals or exceeds $1,000 then the offense becomes a felony. Theft is committed when a defendant, with a purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, knowingly obtains control over the property or services by one of five ways: (1) without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent; (2) beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent; (3) by deception; (4) by threat; or (5) by intimidation.

Over $1 Million Dollars For Young Woman Injured In Cincinnati Car Crash

A driver ran a red light in Over-The-Rhine and struck another vehicle injuring the five passengers inside his car and the two people inside the vehicle he struck. Sadly, the driver who ran the red light did not have enough insurance to fairly compensate each of the seven injured people involved in the crash. Uninsured / underinsured automobile coverage was also limited. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted an investigation which concluded a local bar was systematically serving underage and intoxicated individuals, including the at-fault driver and his passengers involved in this crash. Representing one of the injured passengers, Charlie M. Rittgers and Matt Nakajima pursued a Dram Shop action against the bar. They were the only attorneys involved in the crash to pursue the bar despite the ATF investigation.

Rittgers & Rittgers adds medical malpractice group with merger of Shea Hartmann law firm and addition of attorney Lindsay Lawrence

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Rittgers & Rittgers is pleased to announce the merger of the former Shea Hartmann law firm, including senior partner Joseph W. Shea and some of his staff, and the addition of highly respected Lindsay Lawrence, daughter of attorney Richard Lawrence. Joseph Shea and Lindsay Lawrence will manage the firm's medical malpractice group. Both Mr. Shea and Ms. Lawrence are licensed in Ohio and Kentucky and have represented individuals and their families in complex medical malpractice matters involving traumatic brain injuries, birth injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and death.

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