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Rule of law starting to bend, but will it break under Trump-Sessions?

We continue to live in times that perhaps will be looked back on one day and the world will ask, what happened. How did the law move in reverse? This column looks at a few items that might find their way on such a list.
Sunshine as disinfectant
Louis Brandeis was a pioneer in the field of privacy, beginning with his influentia ... (full story)

Federal civil discovery CLE to take place at Akron Law

From new methods to eliminate negligent spoliation to preservation requirements for ephemeral apps like Snapchat and Confide—those are just a few of the issues that experts will discuss at an upcoming continuing legal education seminar taking place at The University of Akron School of Law next month.
Sponsored by the Akron ... (full story)

Not every search hit is relevant

So—what do you do with 4.2 million search hits, all marked “attorney eyes only (AEO)?”
In the end, redo the search. And learn something about responsive ESI in the process.
This is the case of Longevity Int’l Corp. v. Smith (WL 6541106 (S.D. Cal. 2017)), a tale of a pretrial ESI agreement gone sideways. ... (full story)

Asking the most important question about Russia

The most important question to be answered about Russian interference in the 2016 election is the one getting the least attention. After a weekend of threats and recriminations about the ongoing investigations, it’s time to spotlight that question.
The most important question is not who in Donald Trump’s presidential ... (full story)


Column: Airbnb and other rental properties

Innovative and very popular technologies and services have created new opportunities for real estate owners to generate income by renting their properties. Companies like Airbnb, Inc., Craigslist, Inc. and HomeAway.com, Inc. now provide the opportunity to easily advertise houses, condominium units and other types of real property as ... (full story)

Inaugural dispute resolution conference debuts in Columbus

Four hundred mediators, lawyers, and judges gathered in Columbus last week to participate in the Ohio Supreme Court’s first-ever statewide Dispute Resolution Conference.
“Mediation is used in nearly every civil case type in every jurisdiction,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor told attendees. “Ohio&rs ... (full story)

Bill would crack down on human trafficking practice of 're-homing' difficult or unwanted children

The Ohio House of Representatives has taken up legislation that addresses extrajudicial adoptions, perhaps the most pernicious form of human trafficking.
Called re-homing, the practice amounts to a transfer of a child's legitimate custody from either his birth parents or legal, adoptive parents to willing individuals who forgo th ... (full story)