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Toledo Legal News - News Ohio schools to receive COVID-19 test kits

 

The Ohio Department of Education in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Educational Service Center Association recently announced plans to provide an estimated 200,000 Abbott BinaxNOW Home Tests to Ohio public and private schools as another means of providing a safe learning environment for students, in addition to staff vaccinations and continued adherence to safety protocols like surface cleaning and facial coverings.

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IBA releases statement defending principle of lawyer-client confidentiality from international attack

The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a statement in defense of lawyer-client confidentiality, following a number of recent attacks on the principle from high-profile international organizations. The statement, with forewords by the Rt Hon Lord David Neuberger, Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and Judge Lars Bay Larsen, of the Court of Justice of the European Union, was compiled by a specially assembled IBA presidential taskforce that seeks to:

Date Published: January 25, 2022

Improper Medicaid payments to prisoners and deceased top $118 million

The Ohio Department of Medicaid failed to recoup more than $118.5 million in erroneous duplicate payments or improperly paid for the managed care of prison inmates and deceased residents over a three-year period, according to a formal review of spending released recently by Auditor of State Keith Faber.

Date Published: January 25, 2022

Former investment advisor pleads guilty to stealing more than $9.3 million in Ponzi scheme

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Tara M. Brunst, 47, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court recently to participating in an investment fraud scheme that stole approximately $9.3 million from clients. Brunst pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

New Ohio legislative district maps unconstitutional

New maps for Ohio House and Senate districts must be re-drawn. The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled recently that the maps do not meet voter-approved provisions of the Ohio Constitution to reduce partisan political gerrymandering.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

Ohio’s proposed fall 2022 wild turkey hunting season reduced by three weeks

Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife recommended a major reduction to the 2022 fall wild turkey hunting season during the Ohio Wildlife Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Under the proposal received Wednesday, Ohio’s fall wild turkey season would begin on Saturday, Oct. 15 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 13, a reduction of three weeks when compared to the 2021 fall season.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

Big Lots to open 500 new stores

Columbus-based retailer Big Lots announced earlier this week that it plans to open approximately 500 new stores nationwide in the next few years.

Date Published: January 21, 2022

Ohio’s deer hunters have successful muzzleloader season

Ohio hunters completed the 2022 muzzleloader season with 12,141 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 8 to Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the past three years, an average of 11,501 deer were taken with a muzzleloader during the same four-day period.

Date Published: January 21, 2022

DOJ and Agriculture department issue shared principles and commitments to protect against unfair and anticompetitive practices

Speaking at a White House event focused on competition in agriculture, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently expressed their shared commitment to effectively enforcing federal competition laws that protect farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers and growers from unfair and anticompetitive practices, including the antitrust laws and the Packers and Stockyards Act. The Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are already working together to support their respective enforcement efforts under these laws. As one step in that continuing process they released the following statement of principles and commitments:

Date Published: January 20, 2022

How 529 investments work over time

When you start saving for college with Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage, you are planning ahead to pay for your children’s future higher education expenses. You are also counting on your 529 contributions to grow as your child grows to cover those costs. While enjoying the expansion of your Ohio 529 account through tax-free earnings, you are relying on your investments to grow, too. If you are wondering how the investments in your 529 work, there are a few major factors involved.

Date Published: January 20, 2022

ODJFS announces improvements to Step Up To Quality child care program

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder recently announced improvements to Ohio’s Step Up To Quality program (SUTQ). SUTQ is Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system for child care. In vetoing a temporary suspension of SUTQ in Amended Sub. House Bill 169 last month, Governor Mike DeWine directed ODJFS to reduce bureaucracy associated with the program.

Date Published: January 20, 2022

Biotech firm secures money for expansion

Ohio-based Forge Biologics, a gene therapy contract development and manufacturing company, announced closing $80 million in additional financing for its planned expansion currently under way.

Date Published: January 19, 2022

Ohio State Bar Foundation awards more than $400,000 to Ohio nonprofits this fall

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) Board of Trustees approved $402,925 in grants at its November meeting to be awarded to 10 Ohio nonprofit organizations. This brings the total of grants awarded this year by the OSBF to $1,107,527. Each funded project supports the OSBF’s mission to promote the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

Date Published: January 19, 2022