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Toledo Legal News - News New report shows Ohioans pay more taxes than most other states


As the Ohio legislature weighs the pros and cons of Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal to increase the gasoline tax before the end of this month, a recent study found that the state has the ninth-highest tax rates in the nation.

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BRANDON KLEIN, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

Treasurer Sprague names Compass Award honorees for February

Treasurer Robert Sprague recently announced Compass Award honorees for the month of February. The monthly recognition program shines a light on organizations, programs, and individuals across Ohio who are working to advance financial literacy and empowerment.

Date Published: February 21, 2020

Ohio weekly flu hospitalizations jump to highest of season

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports that the number of new influenza-related hospitalizations is the highest yet of the 2019-2020 flu season. The most recent data shows that from January 26 to February 1, a total of 832 people were newly hospitalized. This marks an increase of more than 36% over the previous week of flu reporting. The full report can be found here.

Date Published: February 19, 2020

Supreme Court of Ohio considers if an online posting ban violates the First Amendment

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, February 11th, heard four oral arguments, including one in which the Court will consider whether the addition of an online posting ban to a civil stalking protection order (CSPO) is an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech or a legal safeguard against further harassment by someone already deemed by a court to be stalking his victims.

Date Published: February 19, 2020

Debt settlement company fined $1,000 for the unauthorized practice of law

The Ohio Supreme Court recently clarified there is no blanket rule that deems a nonlawyer who negotiates the settlement of a debt on behalf of another as engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Those who are “rendering legal services” as part of the negotiation, however, are in violation.

Date Published: February 18, 2020

Man sentenced for intending to distribute fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycodone

Benjamin Ross, 28, of Youngstown, Ohio, was sentenced for his role in a scheme to distribute fentanyl pills, which were pressed, colored and stamped to look like 30 milligram oxycodone hydrochloride pills. Judge John R. Adams sentenced Ross to 144 months of incarceration, to be followed by ten years of supervised release.

Date Published: February 18, 2020

BWC offering $2 million in trenching safety grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced a new $2 million safety grant program recently to assist employers in purchasing equipment to protect their workers while working in trenching and excavating situations.

Date Published: February 17, 2020

ODI Director Froment chosen for national leadership roles

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced that Ohio is maintaining a leadership role at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), an organization that provides insurance regulation guidance to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Date Published: February 17, 2020

Rockets earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team accolades

The University of Toledo swimming and diving team was named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team after posting a 3.46 grade-point average in the fall 2019 semester.

Date Published: February 17, 2020

Two lawyers suspend for attempting to collect excessive fee

Two Cuyahoga County attorneys were suspended for one year after they attempted to secure a more than $1 million fee from a wrongful death case settlement, admitting they only provided an estimated 15 hours of legal work and preparation of basic court documents.