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Toledo Legal News - News Exposure to farmyard animals linked to more robust immune system in babies, study finds


As Americans flocked en masse to cities and suburbs during the last century, most lost some of the common sense of their farm grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

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KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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.

Date Published: February 17, 2020

529 funds can be used to pay student loans and apprenticeships

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020 has been signed into law and allows account owners and beneficiaries to withdraw 529 funds to pay on qualified education loan payments and apprenticeship programs.

Date Published: February 14, 2020

DOJ releases $500 million for hiring law enforcement officers, improving school safety and combating distribution of illicit drugs

The Justice Department announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released over $500 million in grant solicitations under the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and several other grant programs that advance community policing, keep school students safe and promote the health and safety of our nation’s law enforcement officers.

Date Published: February 14, 2020

Governor DeWine releases Children Services Transformation initial findings

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently released the Children’s Services Transformation Advisory Council’s Initial Findings Report. This report summarizes the state’s efforts regarding foster care reform since Governor DeWine took office, along with common themes the council heard during their recent forums held throughout the state.

Date Published: February 14, 2020

How to fight back against thieves this tax season

As Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week gets underway, Attorney General Dave Yost is sharing important tips to help Ohioans guard their personal information and refund dollars during tax season.

Date Published: February 14, 2020

Help discover all of Ohio’s bald eagle nests

For the first time in eight years, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is attempting to find every bald eagle nest in the Buckeye State and is asking citizen scientists to report their sightings of the national bird.

Date Published: February 13, 2020

IBAHRI launches ‘Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk’ to advance the protection of lawyers

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) recently launched a toolkit to facilitate the protection of lawyers at risk of persecution for carrying out their professional duties. The Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk is the result of a collaborative project between the IBAHRI, the Bar Human Rights Committee, Human Rights House Foundation, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada. The launch also marks the start of the commemorative year of the 30th Anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers and the IBA Standards for the Independence of the Legal Profession.

Date Published: February 13, 2020

Ohio releases updated domestic action plan draft

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released an updated draft of the Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Date Published: February 13, 2020

Rockets 2020 baseball season begins

Toledo's 2020 baseball season began on Saturday with the Rockets' first official practice, held at the Fetterman Training Center.

Date Published: February 13, 2020

Supreme Court of Ohio upholds extension of Ohio Power rate plan

The Ohio Supreme Court has again denied a challenge to an Ohio Power Company’s plan to charge customers more or give discounts for its use of power plants constructed in the 1950s to supply electricity to federal uranium enrichment facilities near Portsmouth.

Date Published: February 13, 2020