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New option available to Portage County residents facing foreclosure

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For years, Portage County residents facing foreclosure have been able to use mediation to reach agreements that prevent the loss of their homes.
But on Nov. 18, the Portage County Common Pleas Court unveiled a brand new option, allowing parties in foreclosure cases to mediate their disputes online.
Developed under the guida ... (full story)


11th District: Municipal court abused its discretion in animal cruelty case

A trial court erred and abused its discretion in ordering restitution in an animal cruelty case, the 11th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Bianca Marcellino was charged with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals after a search of her property revealed two horses in need of emergency medical aid. Initially, the co ... (full story)


Local attorneys recognized for pro bono efforts

As a third-generation Akron lawyer, Michael Steel grew up seeing his father and uncle give back to the community.
His father, attorney Frank Steel; uncle, Terry Steel, the former Akron Bar Association president, and grandfather, former federal prosecutor Frank Steel Sr., all beloved strongly in pro bono work.
“I was al ... (full story)


State


A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye.
Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately, the victims and th ... (full story)


Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said last week.
There wer ... (full story)


Rock tragedy: Music superstars, small suburb forever linked

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FINNEYTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The concrete bench in a small northern Cincinnati suburb depicts a guitar, with the message "My Generation" just below it.
In the background are plaques with the faces of three teenagers, Jackie Eckerle, Karen Morrison and Stephan Preston, frozen in time 40 years ago. Bricks in the plaza a ... (full story)


Technology


Case management software implementation plateauing

The 2019 ABA TECHREPORT is out, and it does not have particularly good news for practice/case management software companies.
Across the board in all sizes of law firms, case management systems have less than a 40% market penetration. Makes me wonder how the rest of the firms handle all of their data—maybe stacks of files a ... (full story)