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Excessive force case against Akron police reversed

A Summit County trial court erred by dismissing excessive force claims filed by a hard-of-hearing dentist who was arrested by Akron police during a routine traffic stop, the 9th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Dr. Dale Leonhardt appealed the trial court’s decision granting summary judgment in favor of the city of ... (full story)

11th District decides Portage County attorney-client privilege dispute

A married couple claimed a Portage County trial court committed prejudicial error by ordering them to disclose will, trust and estate planning documents that are protected by the attorney-client privilege.
The 11th District Court of Appeals recently reversed the lower court’s judgment in part.
Appellants Bridget and Wa ... (full story)

High-priced specialty drugs: Exposing the flaws in the system

(THE CONVERSATION) My husband, Andy, has Parkinson's disease. A year ago, his neurologist recommended a new pill that he was to take at bedtime. We quickly learned that the medication would cost US$1,300 for a one-month supply of 30 pills. In addition, Andy could obtain the drug from only one specialty pharmacy and would have to use ... (full story)

Why some public universities get to keep their donors secret

(THE CONVERSATION) In April 2018, the public learned that George Mason University had let the Charles Koch Foundation have a say in the hiring and review of faculty. The revelation confirmed long-held suspicions that Virginia's largest public university was susceptible to pressure from wealthy people who make big donations to a foun ... (full story)

The Conversation: The secret origins of presidential polling

(THE CONVERSATION) In the run-up to its January 14 debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the DemocraticNational Committee called on private polling firms to conduct more polls.
To make it to the debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, candidatesneeded 5% support in four qualifying national polls or 7% in two early statepolls. In par ... (full story)