Ohio

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes Region, and is the 7th most populous state with over 11.6 million residents.  The largest city is the capital city of Columbus. The state is partitioned from the Northwest Territory, and was admitted as the 17th state into the Union on March 1, 1803. It was the first US state admitted under the Northwest Ordinance. The state is referred to by its nickname of the “Buckeye State,” named after Ohio Buckeye-trees, and the state takes it’s name from the Ohio river.

The government of Ohio is composed of the executive branch, led by the Governor; the legislative branch, which comprises the Ohio General Assembly; and the judicial branch, which is led by the state Supreme Court. The state’s government is structured by the Constitution and the law of the state. 

The Executive Branch consists of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor and State Treasurer are elected every four years, with the Governor and Lt. Governor sharing a ticket.  There are 21 state agencies that comprise the state government.

The Legislative Branch is a bicameral legislature, the Ohio General Assembly, made up of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House consists of single-member districts of equal population, totaling 99 members who serve two year terms.  For the Senate, three house districts are combined to create 33 Senate seats, and Senators serve four-year, staggered terms.  The General Assembly draws the US Congressional districts, creating 16 seats in the US House of Representatives to form the Ohio delegation.  The Governor must approve the district map.

The Judicial Branch is headed by the Ohio Supreme Court, which has one chief justice and six associate justices, each elected to staggered six-year terms.  The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court has the responsibility for filling in temporary vacancies in any elected judgeships, as well as appointing justices to the Court of Claims. 

Other levels of the court system in Ohio include the State Court of Claims covers civil actions against the state, and cases where Ohio has waived its sovereign immunity. The 12 district appeals courts are intermediate appellate courts.  There are 88 county common pleas courts, the principal courts that take the first look at civil and criminal matters, and in areas with high populations, these courts are broken into various divisions.  Then the state has Municipal and County Courts that handle misdemeanors, and other small matters like traffic court and small claims. 

In 2010, Ohio’s GDP was $478 billion, which made it the 7th largest economy at the time. Manufacturing and financial services are the largest economic-sectors in the state. The state also has the largest bioscience center in the Midwest, and is a leader in the US- “green” economy. The state is the largest producer of plastics, rubber, appliances, electrical equipment, and fabricated metals in the US. Utilities, trade, and transport, is the state’s largest sector (employment). Healthcare and education also ranks highly in the employment of Ohioans. Wendy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Fifth Third Bank, Goodyear, and Procter & Gamble, are a few of the leading industries which hail from the state of Ohio.

The state has many major metropolitan cities, local landmarks, and major universities. Cleveland is home to NBA and NFL teams (Cavaliers and Browns), and is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cincinnati is home to the University of Cincinnati and NFL team Cincinnati Bengals. Xavier University is also located in the city, and it is home to major corporations including Procter & Gamble, Kroger Supermarket Chains, and Fifth Third Bank. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, OH. The state is also known for popular universities, and has 5 of the top 115 universities in the US, including the University of Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, and Toledo University. Ohio is also known as the roller coaster capital of the world because of the Cedar Point Theme Park.

News coverage ranging from labor and employment law, intellectual property rights and litigation, budget planning, federal agency news, telemedicine and the opioid epidemic in the US, and the education-system, are covered by the National Law Review. Visitors can find details on minimum wage increases, workers compensation laws, LGBTQ rights, and other state legislation. The National Law Review covers state news, regional news, and news from the state of Ohio which impacts residents and the entire country.  

Date Title Organization
27
Feb
Columbus, Ohio’s Salary History Ban Goes Live on March 1, 2024: Are You Ready? Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
2
Feb
Trade Secrets Year in Review: 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
31
Jan
USDA Awarding $19 Million in Grants to U.S. Business Owners to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Domestic Biofuels Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
22
Jan
Ohio Social Media Age Verification and Parental Consent Law Temporarily Blocked Hunton Andrews Kurth
2
Jan
US State Law Roundup – 2023 Year-end Update Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
16
Dec
Duty to Advance Defense Expenses Should Mean What It Says Under D&O Policies Barnes & Thornburg LLP
15
Dec
You’ve Got (E-)Mail: Ohio Law Now Allows Licensing Agencies to Serve Disciplinary Actions Exclusively by Email Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
11
Dec
State and Local Hourly Minimum Wage Rate Increases are “Coming to Town” on January 1, 2024 Polsinelli PC
8
Dec
Trending in Telehealth: November 29 – December 05, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
4
Dec
Ohio PFAS Lawsuit Settled For $100 Million CMBG3 Law
27
Nov
Ohio Legalizes Recreational Use of Marijuana Foley & Lardner LLP
27
Nov
O-high-o: Ohio Voters vote to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Norris McLaughlin P.A.
17
Nov
O-H-High-O: Ohio Adopts Adult-Use Marijuana Program Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
15
Nov
States Continue to Adopt the “Continuous-Trigger” Theory of “Occurrence” Under Commercial General Liability Insurance Policies Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C.
13
Nov
Abortion Rights to Be Codified in Ohio State Constitution Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
10
Nov
Issue 2: What Legalized Recreational Marijuana Use Means for Ohio Employers Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
10
Nov
Ohio Becomes 24th State to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana: 7 Key Considerations for Employers Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
9
Nov
Ohio Appeals Court Ruling Upholds Strict Limits on Timing for Bringing Negligence Claims Against Design Professionals Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
8
Nov
Ohio Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, But Employers’ Ability to Enforce Workplace Drug Policies Remains Intact (US) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
8
Nov
Ohio Votes for the Decriminalization of Marijuana Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
8
Nov
Ohio Passes Recreational Marijuana Law: What Employers Should Know Jackson Lewis P.C.
8
Nov
Right of Publicity Bill Would Federally Regulate AI-Generated Fakes Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
19
Oct
Receipts from Products Delivered to Ohio Distribution Center for Subsequent Shipment Outside the State Are Not Sourced to Ohio Blank Rome LLP
12
Oct
It's a TRAP! Labor Board Seeks to Prohibit Use of Training Repayment Agreement Provisions Barnes & Thornburg LLP
4
Oct
It Begins…NLRB Regional Director Targets Noncompetes in New Complaint Proskauer Rose LLP
28
Sep
Trending in Telehealth: September 19 – 25, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
26
Sep
Ohio Governor Signs Social Media Parental Notification Act Hunton Andrews Kurth
22
Sep
Trending in Telehealth: September 5 – 18, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
13
Sep
Sua Sponte State Law Certification in Opioid MDL Appeal Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
7
Sep
More BVLOS Drone Operations Approved by FAA Robinson & Cole LLP
30
Aug
Trending in Telehealth: August 22 – 28, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
10
Aug
Part 3: An Update on the Federal and State E-Roe-sion or P-Roe-tection of Abortion Rights Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
27
Jul
3M tried to resolve its PFAS liability to water suppliers for $12.5 BILLION and almost 1/2 the States (including MA) are objecting. What's next? Mintz
21
Jun
The Drug Price Negotiation Program Faces Pushback from Private and Public Industry Participants Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
18
Jun
The Conundrum of Sourcing Income for Nonresidents Blank Rome LLP
3
Jun
ODH Finalizes Revised Health Care Services Rules Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
28
Apr
The American Rule Stands: Court Rejects Fee-Shifting Under Indemnity Clause Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
27
Apr
Columbus, Ohio, Will Hop on the Salary History Ban-Wagon in March 2024 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
18
Apr
Columbus, Ohio, Bans Inquiries Into Applicants’ Salary History Jackson Lewis P.C.
3
Apr
PFAS Plaintiff Asserts One of the Largest Class Actions in History Foley & Lardner LLP
3
Apr
FFF Sovereign Immunity Series – Part VII Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
1
Apr
Trending in Telehealth: March 20 – 27, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
31
Mar
The East Palestine Train Derailment: Behind the Scenes with Three Former Government Officials Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
29
Mar
East Palestine, Ohio - Reflections From Afar [VIDEO] Bracewell LLP
16
Mar
Householder, Dark Money Groups, and the Future of Political Donations Barnes & Thornburg LLP
8
Mar
Will Mallory Derail Delaware's Dominance? Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
6
Mar
Ohio District Court Grants Employer Summary Judgment on SOX Whistleblower Claims Proskauer Rose LLP
1
Mar
States and Feds Signal Big Changes to Telehealth Prescribing Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
21
Feb
Trending in Telehealth: February 13 – 19, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
16
Feb
Trending in Telehealth: February 6 – 12, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
 

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