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Oil + gas law for beginners: understanding the Mineral vs. Royalty Distinction

October 26 2015 Instruments that convey oil and gas interests can be difficult to interpret. Frequently, industry terms of art are used interchangeably, and the…

Oil + gas law for beginners: differentiating between production wells + injection wells

August 28 2014 Over the past few years, "oil and gas well" and "injection well" have increasingly become part of the lingo throughout the State of Ohio. But, what…

Can you search your employee’s cell phone?

September 30 2014 Privacy. Data. Employee Rights. You've seen it on the news and in the papers but what does it mean for you, the employer? Thanks to all the media…

What employers are facing in states that currently have legalized marijuana: the employer’s guide to marijuana in the workplace, part two

October 21 2015 Local boards of election around Ohio began early voting on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Voter turnout is expected to be low since there are no statewide…

Can anything be done about bid shopping?

March 5 2015 "Bid shopping" occurs when a general contractor discloses the bid price of one subcontractor (or suppliers) to its competitors in an attempt to…

8th District Court of Appeals Allows City of Cleveland to Continue With Its Residency Requirements

December 14 2017 Updating earlier blog postings on this topic, the Eighth District Court of Appeals followed earlier court rulings and prohibited the State from…

False Statements Can Generate Personal Liability

December 1 2017 Many in the construction industry, and the practitioners serving it, do not appreciate that false statements made by an officer or employee of a…

Ohio’s Statute of Repose Does Not Apply to Breach of Contract Claims

December 1 2017 The Third District Court of Appeals (Seneca County) recently ruled that Ohio’s statute of repose (R.C. 2305.131) does not apply to breach of contract…

Three Lessons Learned in 2017

December 1 2017 As we wrap up another year of improved construction activity, it is time to reflect upon a few legal trends affecting the construction industry…

Disputes with Counties Can Require Jurors from Neighboring Counties

December 1 2017 Counties - like any other public authority - often encounter construction disputes. Some practitioners assume that the County will have a “home court”…