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July 2020 Archives

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.

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.

Do I have an injury claim against the owner of the vehicle that hit me, if the owner was not the driver?

Short answer is maybe. A claim for personal injury generally is made against the person who was at-fault for the injury; the negligent party. In an auto accident, the negligent person is the driver of the car that caused the accident. If the owner was not driving, the owner is usually immune from liability. The good news is that as long as the driver had the owner's permission to drive the vehicle, the owner's auto liability insurance will cover the claim for injuries.

What are the statutes of limitations for an Ohio accident?

When you've been seriously hurt in a car accident, settling your insurance claim is probably the last thing on your mind -- but the insurance company's adjuster keeps calling. Do you have to act immediately, even if you aren't sure how well you're going to recover or how long you may be off work?

Can the Police Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

During a criminal investigation, can the police make you turn over your password to your phone? The answer to that question depends on where you live, as the courts are divided on the answer to that question. This makes the question ripe for clarification by the United States Supreme Court.

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