A defunct funeral home owner in Ohio was charged with theft and fraud after accepting payments from clients. The 45-year-old woman was indicted Dec. 20 on 51 counts that included engaging in corrupt activity, tampering with records and violation of pre-needs contracts. The woman owned and operated the funeral home with her husband.
Ohio readers may be interested to learn that Bridgestone Tires has sued tech giant IBM over a malfunctioning $75 million computer system that the tire company said threw their entire operation into chaos. The business litigation is seeking as much as $600 million in damages, but IBM is maintaining that it was Bridgestone's mishandling of the system that created the problems. The computer maker said that their client lacked leadership in the area, as evidenced by changing its technology executive six times in the two years of the project's development.
Whether a trademark is held in Ohio or California, it is often a valuable asset for any organization. Kelly Van Halen was married to Alex Van Halen, the drummer for the rock group Van Halen, from 1984 to 1996. When the couple split up, she kept and continued to use her legal, married name. Now the rock group is suing her for using the famous name on a line of children's blankets, swimsuits and interior design services.
Companies in Ohio that do business internationally may be affected by the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and 11 other countries over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The TPP talks, which involve countries lining the Pacific rim, seem to be stuck over intellectual property issues that could lead to business litigation, forcing negotiations into their 19th round. These trade negotiations would be considered game-changers in how the U.S. does business with those parts of the world.
Ohio casino industry analysts were watching developments as the Las Vegas gambling giant Sands Corp. was ordered by the U.S. government to pay $47.4 million under a 10-day deadline to avoid prosecution. The business litigation fell onto the casino company after federal authorities said that it had failed to tell them that a suspected international drug smuggler was making suspicious deposits while gambling at its Venetian-Palazzo hotel and casino.
The Ohio Supreme Court recently addressed a business litigation question of, 'Can an informational brochure be considered part of a written contract?" The case involved a man with a degree from a Syrian medical school. In order to obtain a medical residency in Ohio, foreign-educated doctors must pass a test administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The foreign doctor received a brochure from the commission that described the test as 'consisting of four, three-hour test books." The doctor took and failed the exam in 1993. In 2008, the man claimed that he was not allowed the full time for the test as described in the pamphlet. A six-year statute of limitations governs oral contracts and in 2008, the man would not have had a case if the contract had been oral.
According to the reports, the Supreme Court will hear a case regarding whether or not airlines will be protected from lawsuits that arise from reporting a false security threat. If the airline is not granted immunity, the ruling may have a negative effect on the airline industry's willingness to report security measures, which could ultimately affect the safety of the nation's airline passengers, including Ohio's passengers. The current case involves Air Wisconsin Airlines, which alerted authorities about a passenger who might be a security threat after an earlier dispute.