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Toledo Legal News - News Record surges in opioid overdoses prompts AG Yost to urge vigilance


More Ohioans died of an opioid overdose during a three-month period last year than at any time since the epidemic began, according to an analysis by a task force created by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

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AG Yost opposes federal policy intrusive to private bank information

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, along with 19 other state attorneys general, have sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department in opposition to a new federal policy that would provide the federal government with access to nearly every American’s bank account and financial transaction information.

Date Published: October 27, 2021

Bill proposes phase out of commercial activity tax by 2026

A Republican duo at the Ohio Statehouse recently laid out a plan to repeal an unpopular business tax that fewer than 20 years ago was celebrated for simplifying the state’s business tax structure.

Date Published: October 27, 2021

ABA Celebration of Pro Bono focuses on the future in a post-pandemic world

Lawyers and law firms across the country are participating in volunteer events as part of the National Celebration of Pro Bono, which runs Oct. 24-30. This year, ABA President Reginald Turner is highlighting the need for legal assistance as the demand for access to justice in a post-pandemic continues to rise.

Date Published: October 26, 2021

Bill would ban governments from contracts with anti-gun companies

State lawmakers last week heard testimony of a bill that would require the state and all government entities within it only do business with companies and service providers that verify their support the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Date Published: October 26, 2021

Former city councilman sentenced to 6 years and ordered to pay $746k in restitution after conviction of federal program theft, tax violations, witness tampering and falsifying records

Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that former City of Cleveland Councilman Kenneth Johnson was sentenced recently by Judge John R. Adams to six years imprisonment. Johnson was found guilty by a jury on July 30, 2021, of conspiracy to commit federal program theft, federal program theft, aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, tampering with a witness and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Date Published: October 25, 2021

Getting smart about your credit score

(StatePoint) Good credit opens doors. Not only can it help you secure an affordable loan, but it is also often needed for access to open everyday accounts, such as for your utility services and cell phone. It can help you land a job, boost your chances of securing an apartment, and even improve your dating prospects, according to research.

Date Published: October 25, 2021


Notice to the unknown attorney that may have prepared a Last Will & Testament for decedent Mary Jo Bacon, Educator of 840 Circleview Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43615, date of death September 13, 2021. Please contact Tyrone Riley, Esq., (419) 376-8411, with any information.

Date Published: October 25, 2021

Justice Department participates in the 20th annual International Competition Network Conference

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division participated in the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 20th annual conference, virtually hosted by the Hungarian Competition Authority, on Oct. 13-15. Delegates from the ICN’s member jurisdictions, included agency leadership and staff, competition experts from international organizations and the legal, business, academic and consumer communities. Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers of the Antitrust Division led the Department of Justice’s delegation.

Date Published: October 22, 2021

Ohio EPA launches GIS mapping tool for property revitalization/voluntary action program

Ohio EPA is announcing the launch of an online GIS mapping tool the public can use to track and research properties that have completed investigation/remediation work under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP). The sites detailed on this application have been granted a Covenant Not to Sue (CNS) by the Agency, which protects the property owner or operator and future owners from legal responsibility to the State of Ohio for further environmental investigation and remediation relating to known releases.

Date Published: October 22, 2021

Death penalty affirmed for man who confessed to murders

The Ohio Supreme Court recently affirmed the conviction and death sentence of a Lawrence County man who confessed to killing his cousin, her 8-year-old son, and two other family members.

Date Published: October 21, 2021

Former Cleveland VA Medical Center supervisor sentenced to 37 months and ordered to pay more than $1.25 million in restitution for theft and kickback scheme

Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that William H. Precht, 54, of Kent, Ohio, was sentenced today by Judge Donald C. Nugent to 37 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $1,259,390.66 in restitution after Precht pleaded guilty to theft of government property and participating in a bribery and kickback scheme that enriched himself and caused the Cleveland VA Medical Center to suffer a loss of nearly $200,000.

Date Published: October 21, 2021

Near peak fall colors now being seen in some areas

While some areas are now seeing near peak conditions of fall color, patchy conditions continue throughout the Buckeye State due to cloudy, rainy weather and warmer temperatures, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).