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December 2015 Archives

As the weather chills, product defects heat up

Each year, as the weather turns colder, people bring out their old space heaters or purchase new ones in order to keep the chill at bay. Simultaneously, over the years, we read and watch on the news as homes go up in flames and treasured possessions, or worse, are lost in fires resulting from defective space heaters. Did you know a manufacturer is also responsible for what is considered a defective warning on a space heater?

How does premises liability apply to recreational users?

Many people may be generally familiar with premises liability law in Ohio as it applies to the typical "slip and fall" situation in a grocery store or other retail establishment, or as it may apply to people who are injured while visiting the residence of another or even in some cases while they are on public property. But these are not the only situations in which premises liability can become a consideration. Another, less commonly known instance can be connected to "recreational use" of property.

Distracted pedestrians can cause car accidents

"Multitasking." Trying to do multiple things at once has been rightly criticized as a frequent cause of car accidents, with drivers attempting to do things like talking on the phone or sending texts or emails while mistakenly thinking that they can pay adequate attention to the road and to their surroundings at the same time. The problem has become serious enough that many states -- including Ohio -- have enacted distracted driving laws to make such diversions subject to penalties.

Ohio House considers changes to first-time DUI penalties

Aside from fines and possible jail time, another legal consequence of drunk driving is that it can result in administrative penalties such as license suspensions. Sometimes, though, suspending a person’s license may not be enough to deter that individual from driving, or even driving again while intoxicated. A proposed bill now being considered in the Ohio House of Representatives seeks to encourage DUI offenders to avoid repeat offending by loosening the driving restrictions placed on such individuals in exchange for increased use of ignition interlock devices.