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Chapman Successfully Defends Auto Warranty Company At Trial

Mike Chapman successfully defended an automobile warranty company at trial in Johnson County, Indiana.   Plaintiff sued the dealer for breach of contract and sued Mike’s client for coverage after purchasing a used vehicle that came with an oral promise from the dealer to fix a check engine light on the vehicle.   Immediately after the purchase, the dealer checked the car but did not fix the problem and told Plaintiff to turn the repair into the warranty company.   Then, nine days after the purchase, the motor failed. At trial, Mike’s client was found not liable to cover the repairs because Mike was able to establish policy exclusions based on a pre-existing defects and aftermarket modifications to the vehicle.

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Rendigs Nominated for Private Business Award

Rendigs has been nominated for a Goering Center 2014 Family & Private Business Award. The Goering Center, at theUniversity of Cincinnati, is a leading educational and informational resource center for family and closely held businesses.  For 15 years, the Goering Center has honored family and privately-owned businesses for their significant contributions to our community. Winners will be announced in Fall 2014.

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Ney & Chapman Prevail in NYC Elevator Case

Pete Ney and Mike Chapman obtained a dismissal of their client in a recent, procedurally unusual elevator case.  Plaintiffs owned and operated a department store in New York City, were sued by a customer who was injured in an elevator accident, and Rendigs’ client was under contract to maintain the elevator.  After litigating the case for two years and filing a third party complaint against the maintenance company in New York, Plaintiffs filed another third party contractual defense and indemnity claim against our client in Ohio pursuant to a forum selection clause in the maintenance contract.  In response, we filed a motion to dismiss on numerous grounds.  The Court granted the motion holding that when Plaintiffs filed their third party complaint in the New York action, they voluntarily submitted to the jurisdiction of that court and waived any rights it previously had to enforce the forum selection clause.  The decision was not appealed.

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Saxton Appointed CLM Regional Chair

  Jonathan P. Saxton has been selected as a Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Regional Chair.  This appointment follows Jon’s 2 year term as Ohio State Chair. Jon is an active member of CLM and has presented both locally in Cincinnati and as a featured panelist in New York on the topic of ethics.  He serves on CLM’s ADR, Environmental and Subrogation committees.  Jon will be attending the CLM national conference in Boca Raton, FL April 9-11, 2014.

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Ney & Chapman Prevail

Pete Ney and Mike Chapman recently concluded a wrongful death elevator case in which all claims against their client were dismissed, and they were able to recover most of the client’s defense fees and expenses. Decedent fell from the 11th floor down an old freight elevator hoistway.  His estate sued the building owner and all contractors working in the building at or around the time of the fall.  Although our client had a maintenance contract on the passenger elevators only, it had surveyed the freight elevator prior to submitting the maintenance proposal.  Among other things, Plaintiff claimed that the client voluntarily assumed a duty to discover a door condition that arguably led to the accident.  The primary responsible party was the building owner.  In fact, it settled all claims with the estate and then brought a contribution action against all other Defendants. After much discovery, Ney & Chapman filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on the contribution claim, which was granted, and the building owner appealed.  We also filed a declaratory judgment action requesting insurance coverage under the building owner’s policy.  That Motion was granted and appealed as well.  While both cases were on appeal, the case was settled with all claims against our client being dismissed and the client recouping nearly all of its defense fees and expenses.

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Nominations For John P. Kiely Professionalism Award Being Accepted

The Cincinnati Bar Association is accepting award nominations for the John P. Kiely Professionalism Award through January 31, 2014. Per the CBA website, “This award recognizes a trial lawyer for possessing outstanding trial skills and demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism, civility and ethical standards in his or her daily practice.” The award is named after Rendigs founder John P. Kiely who was widely regarded for his ethical approach to the practice of law. Past winners include: Leo Breslin (posthumously, 2001) Robert L. Davis (2002) Thomas S. Calder (2003) Ralph Mitchell (2004) – a past Rendigs attorney James L. O’Connell (2005) Gates T. Richards (2006) Bea V. Larsen (2007) James R. Adams (2008) Robert F. Laufman (2009) David Winchester Peck (2010) – a current Rendigs attorney Kathleen M. Brinkman (2011) Louis F. Gilligan (2012) Gerald J. Rapien (2013) Nominations of current CBA members can be submitted to Maria Palermo at (513) 699-1402 or mcpalermo@cincybar.org.

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William Fry Quoted In New York Times Article

Speaking about a current matter he, W. Roger Fry, and Ryan J. Dwyer are working on, Rendigs attorney William H. Fry was recently quoted by The New York Times. Rendigs has been retained by a Native American art collector and dealer, Mr. Charles E. Darby, regarding the sale of a “Sioux Beaded and Quilled Hide Shirt”. William Fry and Roger Fry have a unique and successful practice pertaining to tribal art law.  Roger currently serves on the Board and co-chairs the Law Committee of the Antique Trial Art Dealers Association, of which Will Fry is also a member. The full article can be read here at nytimes.com.

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Rendigs Named Boutique Maritime Law Firm of the Year in Ohio

Rendigs is honored to be named the 2013 Boutique Maritime Law Firm of the Year in Ohio by International Global Law Experts. This honor recognizes the years of experience that Don Adams and Chad Willits have in the maritime industry.  Each attorney is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Additionally, Don, a Proctor in Admiralty, is a member of the Waterways Council. More information about Rendigs’ Maritime practice is available here.

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Perfilio Authors Military Sales Handbook

On Oct 10, the 2013-2014 Edition of Tony Perfilio‘s book “Foreign Military Sales Handbook” published by WestLaw was released by the publisher. This marks the 5th edition since the 2009-2010 edition was first published in Oct 2009. The book is the only published legal reference work covering the laws and regulations governing Foreign Military Sales transactions under the Arms Export Control Act. The book can be purchased via the Thompson Reuters website.

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