Contact Sports

An appeals court in Ohio ruled the lower court improperly granted a youth basketball league an injunction in its suit challenging the state’s Covid-19-related restrictions, which distinguish between contact and non-contact sports, finding that “children having the ability to play basketball, soccer, and lacrosse tournaments cannot replace the loss of a loved one.”

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Ohio Utility Can’t Dodge Claims Tied to Lawmaker Bribery Scandal

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that proposed energy surcharges included in Ohio legislation now tainted by the arrest of former House Speaker Larry Householder are a concrete injury that grants standing for residents to pursue racketeering claims against FirstEnergy Corporation.

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Legislator Who Questioned Black Hygiene to Lead Health Panel

A Republican lawmaker and doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting the coronavirus because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism from Black lawmakers after his appointment to lead the Ohio Senate Health Committee.

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School Closures

The Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of nine Christian schools challenging Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s resolution closing every school in the county for in-person education for grades 7-12. The court granted the schools an injunction, finding that the closure orders violate their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

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Suspended

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended former Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Bachman from the practice of law for six months, finding the former judge engaged in misconduct for an incident in which he ran out of his courtroom and accosted a woman who had screamed in the hallway, brought her back to the court with his hand placed between her neck and shoulder, held her in contempt and increased her three-day jail sentence to 10 days when she protested his actions.

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NFL Game

A federal court in Ohio certified a class of ticket holders suing the NFL for its cancellation of the 2016 Hall of Fame Exhibition Game due to field conditions. The ground crew did not have enough time to prepare the field and heated it to speed the drying of the painted midfield logo, melting the turf, and creating a “slick, stick, congealed mess.” A substance applied to the field to remedy the issue contained a warning label that it could burn skin. The fans were not notified of the game’s cancellation until they were inside the stadium.

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