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Eminent Domain Landowner Victory On Excessive Taking Upheld By Third District

Onda LaBuhn recently won an eminent domain appeal affirming the trial court’s determination Columbia Gas of Ohio (“Columbia Gas”) was impermissibly seeking to appropriate unnecessary rights and dismissing Columbia Gas’s petition to appropriate easement rights from Phelps Preferred Investments, LLC (“Phelps”). Onda LaBuhn collaborated with Attorney Richard Ricketts to defend our mutual client’s property rights. …

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Beware Failed Service of process by certified mail due to USPS Covid-19 practices

The Ohio Civil Rules provide for service of process to be perfected via multiple methods, one being U.S. certified mail. Civ.R. 4.1(A)(1)(a). Certified mail service is a preferred method of service for many Ohio attorneys because it is cost-effective, simple, relatively quick, and typically successful. This method of service is deemed perfected upon the “return receipt signed by any …

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Court Finds No Personal Liability On Home Construction Service Suppliers Contracts

R.C. 4722 et seq., the Home Construction Service Suppliers Act (HCSSA), has been effective since August 31, 2012, though it is commonly and mistakenly unreferenced in applicable projects and contracts. Even in legal pleadings, the HCSSA is often omitted as a claim purely by lack of knowledge. Its place is often improperly occupied by R.C. …

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