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    1. $22M Settlement Reached Over Woman Falling From Cleveland Bar Balcony

      $22M Settlement Reached Over Woman Falling From Cleveland Bar Balcony

      The owners and operators of a now-defunct Warehouse District bar and the building that housed it have agreed to pay a combined $22 million to the family of a woman who suffered permanent, catastrophic brain injuries after she fell from the bar’s second floor on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017.

      The agreement finalized in April settled a lawsuit that Megan Keefe’s family filed against Spirits Bar on West 6th Street, the building’s owner WD Downtown and the property manager Dalad Realty.

      Keefe, a nursing student who was 20 years old at the time of her fall, now requires around-the-clock care and is dependent upon assistance to complete everyday tasks.

       Dalad Realty agreed to pay $20 million ...
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    2. Cuyahoga County to Pay $3M in Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

      Cuyahoga County to Pay $3M in Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

      Cuyahoga County will pay a $3 million settlement to Aniya Day-Garrett’s father, who accused the county of failing to protect the 4-year-old girl against abuse that led to her death.

      The settlement, subject to approval by County Council, will be considered at Tuesday’s council meeting, according to an agenda item.

      A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in April 2019 by Aniya’s father, Mickhal Garrett, who accused the county and two Euclid daycares of ignoring “clear signs of abuse and neglect” and failing to “protect a vulnerable child dependent upon [them] for protection.”

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    3. Family of Inmate Who Died Sues Cuyahoga County and Former Jail Employees

      Family of Inmate Who Died Sues Cuyahoga County and Former Jail Employees

      The family of a man who died of a drug overdose in the Cuyahoga County Jail sued Cuyahoga County and former jail employees, including the officer who faces criminal charges after surveillance video showed he ignored the inmate as he died on the jail’s floor.

      Joseph Arquillo’s son, Joseph Arquillo Jr., filed the lawsuit May 12 against Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and several former jail employees, including two who face criminal charges in connection with Arquillo’s death.

      The lawsuit is the latest filed against the county over jail deaths and accusations of abuse and mistreatment of inmates. Arquillo’s attorney Brian Green did not return messages seeking comment. Cuyahoga County spokesman Dale Arbruster said the county ...

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    4. Worker Who Self-quarantine for Coronavirus Can Sue Employer if They’re Fired

      Worker Who Self-quarantine for Coronavirus Can Sue Employer if They’re Fired

      A Case Western Reserve University law professor said employees have protection under the law from being fired if they don’t show up to work because they’re self-quarantining to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

      Attorneys who practice employment law in Ohio, however, said the professor’s view may be idealistic at best and may not account for how courts in the state have viewed lawsuits over firings, let alone how long the legal system would take to rule on such cases.

      Katharine Van Tassel, a visiting professor at The Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University’s law school, said in an interview Monday that staying home if you have flu-like symptoms, test positive for the virus or come ...

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    5. 2nd bellwether trial set for October 2020 for Cuyahoga, Summit counties

      2nd bellwether trial set for October 2020 for Cuyahoga, Summit counties

      The second bellwether case in the MDL is set for October 2002. Cuyahoga and Summit counties from Ohio are next in line for their day in court. 

      The trial is tentatively set for October 7, 2020 to begin jury selection with opening statements beginning October 13th, 2020. 

      This trial is set to be the first federal trial against the pharmacies over allegations that they dispensed excessive amounts of opioids while more people died of opioid overdoses. 

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    6. What to expect from the opioid MDL in 2020

      What to expect from the opioid MDL in 2020

      While 2019 was a landmark year for litigation, 2020 could be an even bigger year. 

      The next bellwether trials are set to begin in mid-2020. 

      Judge Polster who presides over the litigation is also set to push for a settlement to resolve all the cases. Negotiations for a global settlement are also set to continue in 2020.

      If 2019 is any predictor, many more opioid defendants will reach settlements to avoid trial.

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    7. Ohio gun-control group seeks statewide vote on gun background checks

      Ohio gun-control group seeks statewide vote on gun background checks

      After Gov. Mike DeWine revised his gun-reform plan, gun-control advocates say they’re ramping up efforts to hold a statewide ballot initiative on near-universal background checks.

      Ohioans For Gun Safety, the group backing the effort, has already collected about 20,000 of the 132,887 signatures from Ohio voters needed to force state lawmakers to consider the measure, according to Joe Sprague, a volunteer with the group. If, as expected, the Republican-dominated legislature fails to pass it, advocates could collect another 132,887 signatures to place the item on the 2020 statewide ballot.

      Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat who has gained nationwide attention for her response to a mass shooting in her city last August, also endorsed Ohioans For ...

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      Mentions: gun control
    8. Jury awards $50M to man beaten, locked in police storage

      Jury awards $50M to man beaten, locked in police storage

      A Cuyahoga County jury on Friday awarded $50 million to an East Cleveland man who filed a lawsuit that said police in that city beat him while he was in handcuffs in 2012, then locked him in a concrete storage room for four days with no food or restroom.

      The award came after the second jury trial in the case of Arnold Black, after an appeals court last year overturned a previous award for $22 million.

      Hicks testified at the second trial, just as he did at the first trial in 2016, that the department under then-Chief Ralph Spotts had a practice of roughing up suspects to get them to talk. Black said he spent several days locked in the ...

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