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New ABA edition guides lawyers in interpreting and applying Section 409A

The American Bar Association has published the “Section 409A Handbook, Third Edition” by Regina Olshan and Erica F. Schohn, in collaboration with Bloomberg Law. In response to the economic uncertainty driven by the pandemic, the new edition discusses how Section 409A affects companies in economic distress. It also captures the latest developments in the practice and interpretation of Section 409A.

Date Published: May 23, 2022

ODOT to spend $51.1M on pedestrian safety improvements

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced a plan to invest $51.1 million in traffic safety improvement projects that specifically address the rise in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.

Date Published: May 23, 2022

Bill designed to improve access to court documents

A bi-partisan bill with the intended goals of greater transparency and accessibility to certain court documents filed at county common pleas courts cleared committee work earlier this month and awaits a vote by the Ohio House of Representatives.

Date Published: May 20, 2022

DOJ Announces $40 million in funding to advance community policing and $5 million in funding for the Collaborative Reform Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the availability of approximately $40 million in funding in Community Policing Development (CPD) grants and roughly $5 million for the Collaborative Reform Initiative. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland first announced the expansion of technical assistance services offered to law enforcement agencies through the Collaborative Reform Initiative in March 2022.

Date Published: May 20, 2022

Columbus chosen for heat-mapping study

Columbus was recently selected as one of 16 municipalities to participate in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration heat-mapping campaign to study and address the “heat island effect,” an occurrence during which areas can be 20 degrees warmer than nearby neighborhoods.

Date Published: May 18, 2022

IBAHRI supports application of the Méndez Principles to end coercive interviewing

The role of the legal profession in implementing the Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering (the Méndez Principles), which aim to prevent torture, ill-treatment and resulting miscarriages of justice caused by coercive interrogation techniques and forced confessions, was the focus of a recently held panel discussion in support of the wide adoption of the Principles.

Date Published: May 18, 2022

Governor DeWine announces $51 million for traffic safety projects

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks announced recently that ODOT will invest $51 million into new traffic safety improvement projects to specifically address an increase in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.

Date Published: May 17, 2022

Inmate’s plot to kill ex-wife was tried in wrong county

A Marion County prison inmate cannot be tried for retaliation in Erie County for plotting with a cellmate to kill his ex-wife when all his actions occurred in Marion County, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled recently.

Date Published: May 17, 2022

Kohl’s and Walmart agree to pay $5.5 million for alleged deceptive violations of the Textile Act and Rules and around the use of bamboo

The Department of Justice, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), recently announced that Kohl’s Inc. (Kohl’s) and Walmart Inc. (Walmart) have agreed to pay $2.5 million and $3 million in civil penalties, respectively, in as part of settlements to resolve allegations that Kohl’s and Walmart violated the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Act) and associated rules (Textile Rules) and the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) by making deceptive claims about products supposedly made of bamboo.

Date Published: May 17, 2022

State board recertifies Owens Community College’s Department of Public Safety

The Owens Community College Department of Public Safety (DPS), led by Chief Steven M. Harrison, has been recognized by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. Created to hold agencies to high standards, accountability and instill a greater confidence with the public, the Ohio Collaborative certified or recertified the College’s department in these three categories: