September 5, 2007
Ohio Tort Reform Law Goes to Voters
LegalNewsline reports that the Ohio Supreme Court has authorized use of a public referendum on the validity of a bill that prevents public nuisance claims in products liability cases. A copy of the decision is available here. Last December, the Ohio General Assembly passed the law, which the Governor attempted to veto. In early August, the Ohio Supreme Court held that the Governor's veto was invalid. (Prior post here). However, "Attorney General Marc Dann is considering a state-backed public nuisance lawsuit against several paint companies," which is why Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner sought permission for the special referendum.
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