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Judge Willett’s Opinion and the “Catch” to Qualified Immunity

November 20, 2018

We’ve talked before about the doctrine of qualified immunity: what it is, the scope and boundaries of its application, and how, at times, it can serve as an impediment to genuine justice. It’s important for us as civil rights attorneys to keep up on cases where qualified immunity plays a major role in legal decisions. …

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Achieving Equal Protection against Discrimination through the Ohio Fairness Act

November 8, 2018

The law is intended to protect the rights of all citizens equally. But what happens to equal protection when the laws are inconsistent from one jurisdiction to the next? In that case, the promise of protection waivers, and the rights of certain individuals and groups become unclear. That’s what is going on right now in …

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Excessive Force Victim Denied Constitutional Right to Access Courts

October 30, 2018

As civil rights attorneys, we pay close attention to important cases and rulings that highlight flaws in the legal system. We also pay attention when courts set precedent that shows promise of improvement. We’ve addressed the potential dangers posed by the Qualified Immunity Doctrine. It’s just one facet of the legal system that government actors …

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Botulism Outbreak Leads to Need for Civil Litigation

October 11, 2018

The decision to sue after personal injury sometimes involves a complex internal struggle. Even when the damage is obvious, and the negligence and responsibility are reasonably clear, victims may still face questions about whether civil litigation is the right path to take. What should one do when negligence leads to a life-long debilitation? And how …

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Arbitration: A Valuable Tool for Business Dispute Resolution

October 9, 2018

Each victim’s case comes with a unique set of circumstances. Those circumstances dictate which method of resolution is best suited to achieve the desired results for both parties. In some personal injury and wrongful death cases for example, the dynamics are such that a settlement can achieve a better outcome for victims than a jury …

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Reclaiming One Man’s Future through Shareholder Dispute Resolution

September 20, 2018

Business thrives on promises made with good intentions and integrity. When those promises are committed to signed documents, they become contractual obligations that compel the parties to live up to their promises even though good intentions and integrity may wane. When promises made in good faith are subsequently discarded in the wake of ego and …

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Where’s the Real Crime? The Injustice of Criminal Defense Malpractice

September 6, 2018

Imagine being accused of assault. You know that, at the time, you were miles away with several witnesses. Nothing to worry about, right? But months later, you find yourself convicted and incarcerated. This kind of personal calamity is an example of what can happen to a person’s life when he or she becomes a victim …

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