On August, 10, 2017, The Ohio Supreme Court, issued a 4-3 decision granting petitioners’ request for a writ of mandamus requiring Cleveland City Council to process a referendum petition on a controversial subsidy to pay for renovations to Quicken Loans Arena.
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.
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.
Cuyahoga County jury awards plaintiffs $392,750, plus attorneys’ fees, in nanny-school sex-abuse cover-up case
CLEVELAND, OH—On June 16, 2015, following a five-week jury trial in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, plaintiffs Christina Cruz and Heidi Kaiser were awarded a combined verdict of $392,750 plus attorneys’ fees against defendants the English Nanny & Governess School, a nanny-training school and placement agency in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and its owners Sheilagh Roth and Bradford Gaylord.