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Friday, March 10, 2006

3/10/2006 - Supreme Court of Ohio Case Announcements


[Cite as State ex rel. Kuhar v. Medina Cty. Bd. of Elections,
___ Ohio St.3d ___, 2006-Ohio-1079.]
Mandamus — Elections — Constitutionality of R.C. 1901.31 —
Challenging constitutionality of legislation through mandamus
is generally prohibited — Mandamus claim is manifestly a claim
for prohibitory injunction and declaratory judgment — Court lacks
jurisdiction — Cause dismissed.
(No. 2006-0328 ─ Submitted March 6, 2006 ─ Decided March 10, 2006.)


2006-0386. State ex rel. Koncelik v. Hastings.
In Prohibition. This cause originated in this court on the filing
of a complaint for a writ of prohibition. Upon consideration of the
joint application for dismissal,
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the application for dismissal
is granted.
Accordingly, this cause is dismissed.


The following cases have been referred to mediation pursuant to
S.Ct.Prac.R. XIV(6):

2006-0445. RX Bedford Investors, LLC v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd.
of Revision. Board of Tax Appeals, No. 2002-R-2564.

2006-0448. RX Bedford Investors, LLC v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd.
of Revision. Board of Tax Appeals, No. 2002-R-2509.

2006-0456. Charter Steel-Cleveland, Inc. v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd.
of Revision. Board of Tax Appeals, No. 2004-V-538.


Thursday, March 09, 2006

3/9/2006 - Supreme Court of Ohio Case Announcements and Administrative Actions


2000-1030. Ohio Hosp. Assn. v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Cuyahoga App. No. 76067. This cause is pending before the court as an appeal
from the Court of Appeals for Cuyahoga County. On April 13, 2001, this court
stayed further proceedings in this case and ordered appellee to file a notice with
this court upon the termination of the automatic stay under the Bankruptcy Code.
IT IS ORDERED by the court, sua sponte, that appellee W.R. Grace & Son
& Co.-Conn. file a notice advising this court of the status of the bankruptcy case
within 15 days of the date of this entry.

2005-2162. Bellman v. Am. Internatl. Group.
Lucas App. No. L-03-1301, 163 Ohio App.3d 540, 2005-Ohio-5250. This cause is
pending before the court as an appeal from the Court of Appeals for Lucas County.
Upon consideration of appellant's motion for an extension of time to transmit the
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the motion is granted, and the time for
transmitting the record is extended to March 28, 2006.


1998-0713. Disciplinary Counsel v. Atkin.
On January 13, 1999, this court permanently disbarred respondent, Sanford I.
Atkin. On February 16, 2006, respondent filed a motion to vacate and motion to
proceed in forma pauperis. On consideration thereof,
It is ordered by this court that the motions are denied.


2005-2303. State v. Arter.
Lorain App. No. 05CA008817. This cause is pending before the court as a
discretionary appeal and claimed appeal of right. Upon consideration of
appellant's application for dismissal,
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the application for dismissal is granted.
Accordingly, this cause is dismissed.


On December 2, 2005, the following attorneys were suspended from the
practice of law pursuant to Gov.Bar R. VI(6)(B) for failing to file their 2005/2007
Certificate of Registration and paying the applicable fees on or before December 1,
2005. These attorneys have applied for reinstatement, have complied with the
requirements of Gov.Bar. R. VI(1), have paid all applicable registration and
reinstatement fees, and have been reinstated to the practice of law pursuant to
Gov.Bar R. VI(6)(D):
Attorney Number Attorney Name City, State
January 23, 2006
0067854 Loren Elizabeth Bendall Chesterland, OH Inactive
0065902 James Morris Dhondt Thomaston, CT Inactive
0064660 Alison B. Forche Pickerington, OH Inactive
0069221 Kaprice Lynch Harris Cleveland, OH Inactive
0030514 Steven Douglas Jones Beachwood, OH Active
0075763 Karen Lee Kaske Fayetteville, NC Inactive
0000774 James Coulter King Lima, OH Active
0071049 Janine Faye Kossen Cincinnati, OH Inactive
0067472 Richard Joseph Morelli Kitchener, Canada Inactive
0038451 Laura K. Nyquist Dayton, OH Corporate
0059407 Mary Elizabeth Stanley Independence, OH Active
0063034 Daniel Scott Sullivan Anchorage, AK Inactive
0068578 Steven William Wrone Chicago, IL Inactive
January 25, 2006
0001020 John Oliver Bacon Sandusky, OH Active
0059814 Karen D. Bailey The Woodlands, TX Active
0066184 Charles Byron Barry Lakeville, MN Inactive
0039890 Katherine R. Bruenderman Newport, KY Active
0029982 Edith Ellen Cloyd Nashville, TN Inactive
0039488 Francis J. Conte Dayton, OH Inactive
0022508 Paul Conner Donohue McLean, VA Inactive
0018892 Ralph Philip Higgins Bay Village, OH Retired
0075867 Lisa Lorraine Johnson Warren, OH Active
0067864 Corali Lopez-Castro Coral Gables, FL Inactive
0040722 Paul Steven Luiki Vienna, Austria Inactive
0067486 Carrie Menikoff Portland, OR Inactive
0021345 Cindy Virginia Peters Shaker Heights, OH Active
0063722 Alan Scott Ritchie Brunswick, OH Active
0076862 Gregory Scott Smith San Francisco, CA Active
0002510 Harold Bartlett Talbott Columbus, OH Retired
0062783 Joe Washington San Jose, CA Active
0068589 Daniel Forrest Wheeler San Francisco, CA Inactive
February 2, 2006
0073479 James Douglas Armstrong Cincinnati, OH Active
0026608 Jeffrey Thomas Brown Falls Church, VA Active
0006401 Dexter Wayne Clark Cleveland, OH Active
0029070 Dennis Roger Cooper Alto, MI Inactive
0067899 Charles David DeBenedetti Warsaw, Inactive
0067204 Giovanni Frank Di Censo New York, NY Active
0043698 Thomas Erik Gilbertsen Arlington, VA Inactive
0068872 Theresa Nagle Gongora Tempe, AZ Inactive
0027013 Robert Louis Handler Pacific Palisades, CA Inactive
0019606 Thomas Richard Heferle Petersburg, MI Inactive
0055863 Geoffrey McGregor Jones Fullerton, CA Inactive
0008265 Sanford Kelson Conneaut Lake, PA Inactive
0032121 Steven Francis Luby Charleston, WV Inactive
0070217 Beryl Zenaida MacLachlan Batavia, IL Inactive
0064318 Andrea Maria Muto Washington, DC Inactive
0056042 Karie Eileen Peterson Canton, MI Inactive
0036978 Karen Kazel Poulos Glen Ellyn, IL Inactive
0062295 Kimberly L. Schneiberg Shaker Heights, OH Active
0066231 David James Wright Stow, OH Active
February 3, 2006
0065600 Russell Paul Backus North Royalton, OH Active
0053624 Leonard Everett Birdsong Orlando, FL Inactive
0067986 Mark Allen French Xenia, OH Inactive
0065613 Candace Campbell Jackson Akron, OH Active
0040944 Ebenhaezer Johannes Lubbe White Plains, NY Active
0024039 Leslie James Martin Lake Havasu City, AZ Inactive
0062578 David Eric Rogers Phoenix, AZ Inactive
0055726 Sonja Carol Rowan Cleveland, OH Active
February 10, 2006
0034365 Daniel Aaron Austin Slippery Rock, PA Active
0064653 Roslyn Ann Chao Princeton, NJ Inactive
0072420 Erin Elizabeth Chatham-Applegate Littleton, CO Inactive
0063847 Deana Marie Daniels Springboro, OH Inactive
0056231 Kathleen Anne Dieckman Plainfield, IL Inactive
0006798 Edward Farrell Feighan Columbus, OH Active
0038825 Amy Lipton Foti Orange Village, OH Inactive
0055439 Jacqueline Sue Gradisar Sherwood Forest, MD Inactive
0069114 Jill Therese Grant Stow, OH Active
0026805 Raymond William Green Arlington Hts., IL Active
0064427 Stacey Lynne Griffiths West Palm Beach, FL Inactive
0046388 Stephen Paul Kearney Duxbury, MA Inactive
0064051 Wendy Marie Kelley Rocky River, OH Inactive
0007280 Albert Wade Laisy Fallston, MD Retired
0014682 Donna Kay Leonard Cincinnati, OH Inactive
0017705 Loren Loving-Vail Columbus, OH Inactive
0040793 Gregory Donald May Columbus, OH Inactive
0067526 Anne Ebie Minor Atlantic Beach, FL Inactive
0050953 Victor Onufrieff Las Vegas, NV Active
0072238 Nora Lynn Phillips Birmingham, AL Inactive
0002459 Tamar Gela Rubinstein Evanston, IL Inactive
0078661 Matthew Alfred Smith Columbus, OH Active
February 13, 2006
0071538 Adam Richard Beringer North Richland Hills, TX Inactive
0070609 Amy Lynn Carson Lakewood, OH Active
0075853 Lauren Elizabeth Davidson Chagrin Falls, OH Inactive
0017019 John Leslie Kraus Mars, PA Inactive
0033184 Victoria Anne Reardon Grosse Pointe, MI Inactive
0071793 Steven Earl Zigan Canal Winchester, OH Active
February 17, 2006
0053182 Morton Henry Aronson Atlanta, GA Retired
0056056 Kenneth Alexander Godlewski Washington, DC Inactive
0026728 Elliott Herschel Goldstein Chicago, IL Retired
0008686 Jonathon Thomas Goodwin San Manuel, AZ Active
0062840 Miltina Ann Hicks-Gavia Indianapolis, IN Inactive
0015495 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Cleveland, OH Inactive
0050826 Richard William Noble Weatherby Lake, MO Inactive
0039255 Mark Allen Prosise Canton, OH Active
0009059 Ann Lynn Ratcliff Troy, OH Active
0039706 Larry Edwin Ray Washington, DC Inactive
0030668 Gay Lynn Rice Ashland, MA Inactive
0064617 Lisa Marie Simmons Tallmadge, OH Active
0038319 Kevin Xavier Smith Toledo, OH Active
0000587 Steve Peter Stanos Youngstown, OH Inactive
February 21, 2006
0023767 Gersham Goldstein Lake Oswego, OR Inactive
February 24, 2006
0061994 Jill Cathleen Boland Pepper Pike, OH Inactive
0043560 Kathryn Young Connors Shaker Heights, OH Inactive
0074348 Benjamin Stuart Friedman Cincinnati, OH Active
0049051 Nancy K. Johnson Houston, TX Inactive
0037777 Gary Alan Jones Skillman, NJ Active
0037596 Mark Anthony Krochka Volant, PA Inactive
0036914 Thomas Albert McWatters, III Wauseon, OH Inactive
0018459 Deborah Thebert Peeler Lebanon, OH Inactive
0032649 Mark Ira Peroff Short Hills, NJ Inactive
0055789 Donald Ray Rench, Jr. Bellevue, WA Inactive
0026155 Carl Edmund Schuster Green Valley, AZ Inactive
0073411 Robert Bernal Scott Toledo, OH Active
0014241 Jane Therese Seelie The Woodlands, TX Inactive
0056177 Kimberly Teresa Van Sickler Willoughby Hills, OH Active
March 1, 2006
0011094 Thomas Joseph Brown Victorville, CA Inactive
0010877 Terence James Clark Santa Monica, CA Active
0005948 Frederick Benjamin Davis Memphis, TN Retired
0024300 Carol Joanne Koletsky Pepper Pike, OH Inactive
0018304 Gary Joseph Pizzedaz Columbus, OH Active
0063587 David Daniel Reese, Jr. Lakewood, OH Active
0052334 William Lee Rothschild Atlanta, GA Inactive
0069118 Eric Maurice Seabrook Columbus, OH Inactive
0030222 John Leis Staley Poway, CA Inactive
March 3, 2006
0076604 Thomas Delbert Carpenter, Jr. Sanford, FL Inactive
0040499 Mary Kathleen Farchione University Hts., OH Inactive
0063025 James Jerome Palecek Scottsdale, AZ Inactive
0040802 Edward Anthony Zumbiel Union, KY Inactive


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Motion Described as "Incomprehensible"

A story making its way around the blogosphere concerns a denial of a motion by a pro se litigant because it was "incomprehensible."

An order entered by Judge Lief Clark of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas:

Before the court is a motion entitled “Defendant’s Motion to Discharge Response to Plaintiff’s Response to Defendant’s Response Opposing Objection to Discharge.” As background, this adversary was commenced on December 14, 2005 with the filing of the plaintiff’s complaint objecting to the debtor’s discharge. Defendant answered the complaint on January 12, 2006. Plaintiff responded to the Defendant’s answer on January 26, 2006. On February 3, 2006, Defendant filed the above entitled motion. The court cannot determine the substance, if any, of the Defendant’s legal argument, nor can the court even ascertain the relief that the Defendant is requesting. The Defendant’s motion is accordingly denied for being incomprehensible. 1

1 Or, in the words of the competition judge to Adam Sandler’s title character in the movie, “Billy Madison,” after Billy Madison had responded to a question with an answer that sounded superficially reasonable but lacked any substance,

Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I've ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.


Thanks goes to ProfessorBainbridge for the tip

3/8/2006 - Supreme Court of Ohio Case Announcements

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

2003-0647. State v. Conway , 2006-Ohio-791.
Franklin C.P. No. 02CR-1153. Judgment affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Pfeifer, J., concurs in part and dissents in part.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-791.pdf
Summary: Court Affirms Conway Conviction, Death Sentence

2004-1594. M. Conley Co. v. Anderson , 2006-Ohio-792.
Stark App. No. 2003CA00386, 2004-Ohio-4216. Judgment affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, O'Connor and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Lundberg Stratton and O'Donnell, JJ., concur separately.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-792.pdf
Summary: Court Affirms that Permanently Replaced Strikers Are Eligible For State Unemployment Benefits

2005-1154. Muskingum Cty. Certified Grievance Commt. v. Greenberger, 2006-Ohio-790.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 03-105. Bruce L. Greenberger, Attorney Registration No. 0023820, is suspended from the practice of law in Ohio for two years, with six months stayed on conditions.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-790.pdf
Summary: Court Suspends Mason Attorney


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ohio General Assembly Latest Bill Introductions

SB 277 ALLEN STATUE (Jacobson) To create the National Statuary Collection Study Committee to recommend an individual to replace Governor William Allen as one of Ohio's representatives in the National Statuary Collection in the United States Capitol Full Text

SB 278 CONSUMER SALES PRACTICES (Stivers) To limit the liability under the Consumer Sales Practices Act of a supplier that makes a cure offer. Am. & En. 1345.09 & 1345.091 Full Text

SB 279 INSURANCE PAYMENTS (Stivers) To exempt the Ohio Insurance Guaranty Association from being obligated to pay more than a single $300,000 claim for injury or death to any one person and a claim of an insured whose net worth exceeds $50 million. Am. 3955.01 & 3955.12 Full Text

SB 280 MILITARY LICENSE PLATES (Schuring) To authorize the display of combat battle stars on certain special combat or military license plates. En. 4503.433 Full Text

SB 281 LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING (Stivers) To mandate up to 24 hours a year of continuing professional training for peace officers and state highway patrol troopers and to establish the method by which the Attorney General reimburses the training costs. Am, En. & Rep. 109.761, 109.802 & 109.803 Full Text

HB 524 PHARMACIST IMMUNIZATIONS (Martin) To modify the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizations. Am. 4729.01 & 4729.41 Full Text

HB 525 MEDICAL COMMUNICATOR BOARD (McGregor, J.) To create the State Medical Communicator Board to license assistance operators of medical alert services. En. 4765.80 to 4765.89 Full Text


3/7/2006 - Supreme Court of Ohio Case Announcements


2005-2436. State v. Trimble.
Portage C.P. No. 2005CR0022. This cause is pending before
the court as a death penalty appeal from the Court of Common
Pleas for Portage County. Upon consideration of appellant's
motion for an extension of time to transmit the record,
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the motion is granted, and
the time for transmitting the record is extended to May 1, 2006.


1998-2661. Toledo Bar Assn. v. Hayes.
On application for reinstatement of William F. Hayes,
Attorney Registration No. 0023905. Application granted
and respondent reinstated to the practice of law in Ohio.

2005-0818. Stark Cty. Bar Assn. v. Marosan.
Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Nos.
04-044 and 04-049. On order to show cause. The stay
of the suspension of respondent, Joseph E. Marosan, Attorney
Registration No. 0025849, is lifted, and respondent is suspended
from the practice of law in Ohio for two years.


Monday, March 06, 2006

US Supreme Court Case re: Military Recruiters

As promised, here is the syllabus with links to HTML and PDF versions of the opinion.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Colleges Receiving Federal Money Must Allow Military Recruiters on Campus

In a case that may have some bearing on how business is done on some of Ohio's college campuses, the United States Supreme Court has come down on the side of the government in the case of federal monies and military recruiters. I don't have a link to the case yet, but just received word via a news alert. More will follow.


3/6/2006 - Supreme Court of Ohio Case Announcements


No. 2004-0783 — Submitted March 9, 2005 — Decided March 6, 2006

Riparian rights—Municipal water supplies—Dam owner’s duty to
release water to downstream users —Statute purporting to grant
exclusive rights to river water—Prohibition of public recreational
use of city-owned reservoir.


2003-1572. State ex rel. Howard v. Indus. Comm.
Franklin App. No. 97AP-860. This cause came on for further
consideration of appellant's motion for leave to file a motion for
relief from the court's December 30, 2005, January 26, 2006,
and February 27, 2006 entries. Upon consideration thereof,
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the motion for leave is denied.

2005-1698. Dugan & Meyers Constr. Co., Inc. v. Ohio Dept. of
Adm. Servs. Franklin App. No. 03AP-1194, 162 Ohio App.3d 491,
2005-Ohio-3810. This case is pending before the court as an
appeal from the Franklin County Court of Appeals. Upon
consideration of appellant's motion to exceed page limitation in its
merit brief,
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the motion is denied.

2006-0023. Cousino v. Stewart.
Fulton App. No. F-05-011 and F-05-004, 2005-Ohio-6245.
This cause is pending before this court as a discretionary appeal.
On February 10, 2006, appellant filed a motion for leave to file
an affidavit clarifying facts. Whereas the motion is in violation
of S.Ct.Prac.R. III(3),
IT IS ORDERED by the court that the motion is stricken.