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Cuyahoga County Court rejects News 5 Cleveland’s defense of its defamatory report against Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins and Village council members

Yesterday afternoon, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Ann Gallagher denied Defendants Scripps Media Inc., Cleveland Channel 5 News, and reporter Jonathan Walsh’s motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed by Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins and four Village council members over News 5’s report that falsely accused them of running a “widespread scam” by which they “charged people for calling the cops.”

Former Assistants sue Cuyahoga County Prosecutor for discrimination and defamation

Plaintiffs allege that they were targeted as scapegoats due to their age and disability in a fake scandal manufactured for political purposes

This morning, former Assistant Prosecutors Linda Herman and Laura Hoffman filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley and four of his current Assistants alleging defamation and discrimination under Ohio and federal law. The claims arise from the Prosecutor’s actions in going to the press, only a month after taking office, with a politically charged story claiming that 76 sexual-assault cases had been mishandled by the office’s juvenile division under the previous administration.

Newburgh Heights Mayor and Council members file defamation lawsuit against News 5 Cleveland

Lawsuit alleges that News 5 reporter engaged in a deliberate smear against Mayor Trevor Elkins for political purposes

This morning, Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins and four Newburgh Heights Council members filed a lawsuit in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas against television station News 5 Cleveland and reporter John Walsh over a false and defamatory news piece intended to smear the Plaintiffs as the individuals behind what News 5 called a “widespread” “government-sanctioned scam.”

Judge lifts gag order in KNR fraud lawsuit

Parties now free to communicate with the public to seek further information about alleged fraudulent business practices employed by Akron-based personal injury law firm Kisling, Nestico, and Redick

AKRON, OHIO — This morning, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alison Breaux issued a ruling lifting the gag order that she had imposed on the parties to the putative class-action lawsuit alleging that Akron-based personal injury firm Kisling, Nestico, and Redick (“KNR”) and its owners, Alberto (“Rob”) Nestico and Robert Redick, engaged in various schemes to defraud their clients.

Appeals court affirms trial victory for plaintiffs in nanny-school sex-abuse cover-up case

CLEVELAND, OH – On June 8, 2017, the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County issued its ruling on the appeal in Cruz v. English Nanny & Governess School. The ruling affirms the trial victory for Plaintiffs Christina Cruz (a former student of the nanny school) and Heidi Kaiser (a former employee). The evidence at trial showed that the nanny-training school and placement agency in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and its owners, defendants Sheilagh Roth and Bradford Gaylord, retaliated against Cruz and Kaiser when they resisted defendants’ efforts to suppress Ms. Cruz’s report that she witnessed the defendants’ client sexually abusing his nine-year-old daughter.

Personal-injury law firm KNR accused of deceiving and defrauding its clients with kickback schemes involving chiropractors and loan companies

CLEVELAND, OHIO – A proposed amended complaint filed on March 22, 2017 in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas by three former clients of the Ohio personal-injury law firm of Kisling, Nestico, and Redick (“KNR”), alleges that the firm and its owners, Alberto (“Rob”) Nestico and Robert Redick, have intentionally deceived and defrauded their clients with kickback schemes involving a network of chiropractors and a now-defunct loan company called Liberty Capital Funding. The class-action complaint further alleges that the Defendants have engaged in a scheme to defraud their clients by charging a fraudulent “investigation fee” for so-called “investigations” that are never performed, and for basic clerical services that are not legally chargeable to the firm’s clients.

RTA pays $45,000 to Lakewood woman assaulted by RTA police officer

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) has paid $45,000 to Jessica Ferrato, in settlement of her lawsuit for being unlawfully assaulted by now-former RTA police officer Jonathan Pacholke in March 2015 as she was exiting the Lakewood W 117th Street station. Ferrato sued the RTA and Pacholke in February 2016, alleging claims for U.S. constitutional violations, including for unlawful seizure and excessive force under the Fourth Amendment, and Ohio-law claims for battery and false arrest.