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Toledo Legal News - News RULE CHANGES


Below is an update to the General Division's Local Rule 5.04, the additional language being underlined and in bold.
A. PLEADING EXTENSIONS The time within which a party is required by the Civil Rules to serve and file a responsive pleading to a complaint, a counterclaim, a cross-claim, or a third party complaint shall be extended for a period of 28 days upon advance application filed with the Clerk of Courts on the designated form. Additional time thereafter may be provided pursuant to stipulation or upon motion filed with the clerk and granted by the court. Proof of service upon opposing counsel, as required by Civ. R. 5, shall be filed with each application for extension of time.
B. AMENDMENTS A motion seeking leave to amend a pleading shall include a copy of the proposed amended pleading. No pleading shall be amended by interlineation or obliteration unless leave of court is first obtained. Upon the filing of an amended pleading, the original or any prior amendment shall not be withdrawn from the file except upon leave of court.
C. MOTION REQUIREMENTS Any motion, unless made during a hearing or trial, shall be in writing, state with particularity the grounds supporting it, and clearly state the relief or order sought. Every motion, including the routine motions pursuant to Gen.R. 5.05(A), shall be accompanied by a proposed order for signature of the assigned judge.
D. OPPOSITION An opposing party may serve and file a memorandum in opposition to any motion. The filing shall be made within 14 days after service. Exception: pursuant to Civ.R. 6(C)(1), responses to motions for summary judgment may be served within 28 days after service of the motion.

Financial insight: Red flags and smart steps to avoid scams

(BPT) You work hard for your money. Unfortunately, crooks work hard as well, attempting various tactics to take your money. If you fall for a scam, little can be done to help you get your money back. In order to keep your financial and personal information safe, it's necessary to look for red flags and be proactive about security.

Date Published: May 22, 2020

IBAHRI makes recommendations on ending detention of migrant children to UN Special Rapporteur

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has submitted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants, Mr Felipe González Morales, with a view to informing his next report on Ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them. The IBAHRI’s submission was put forward on 30 April 2020 and Mr Gonzales Morales’ report will be submitted to the UN General Assembly in September. The submission from the IBAHRI makes 13 main recommendations to UN Member States, addressing different challenges to effectively end the detention of migrant children.

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Play safe at home with a fun-filled family staycation

(StatePoint) Staying at home and practicing social distancing can feel more challenging as the weather warms and the itch for family fun at the beach becomes stronger. However, being socially responsible does not mean you need to put the fun on hold.

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Akron couple sentenced for role in drug trafficking conspiracy

Donte L. Gibson, age 41, and Audrey J. Gibson, age 36, of Akron were sentenced recently for their roles in a conspiracy to bring large amounts of fentanyl and carfentanil into the United States from China and then sell the drugs in Akron and Lorain, as well as firearms and money laundering violations. Donte Gibson was sentenced to 300 months in prison with five years of supervised release, and Audrey Gibson was sentenced to 130 months in prison with 3 years of supervised release.

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Ohio launches toll-free ‘COVID Careline’ to provide emotional support for Ohioans amid coronavirus pandemic: 1-800-720-9616

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently joined with Governor Mike DeWine and RecoveryOhio to launch a new, toll-free Careline to provide emotional support for Ohioans who are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohioans may call 1-800-720-9616 to connect with trained counselors for 24/7 support.

Date Published: May 21, 2020

OSU study notes 'wobble' effect in Japan earthquake

In the months leading up to the magnitude-9 earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 and triggered a devastating tsunami, the island land masses shifted back and forth, an Ohio State University researcher said in a new study.

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Three ways to simplify retirement income planning

(BPT) Having enough money to live comfortably in retirement is the primary saving and investing goal for most Americans. Retirement means different things to different people - it can be a time to travel, spend more time with family or pursue a personal passion. But while we look forward with anticipation to finally reaching that goal, flipping the switch from working and having a steady stream of income to tapping into decades' worth of hard-earned savings can be very overwhelming, confusing and let's face it - scary.

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Attorney suspended for neglecting client matters

A Mason, Ohio, attorney was suspended recently for two years, with 18 months stayed, for professional misconduct, including two instances where he terminated his representation without notifying the clients.

Date Published: May 20, 2020

Newly unemployed? Understanding your health insurance options

(StatePoint) With millions of people nationwide filing for unemployment since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and families across the country are suddenly finding themselves without health insurance at a precarious time. Fortunately, new options may be able to help those on tight budgets.

Date Published: May 20, 2020

UToledo announces interim leadership plans

The University of Toledo has contracted with the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Search firm to assist with hiring an interim president to assume the institution’s chief leadership role following the departure of President Sharon L. Gaber.