Cases Making News

It is not our practice to chase headlines, but over the last three decades we have been involved in many dramatic cases. Sometimes it's a large award, a high-profile client, or a unique legal ruling. At Allen Schulman & Associates, our job is to find justice. Here are some interesting cases we are currently involved with.

$7.2 million awarded in lawsuit over gas explosion

A Portage County judge issued a $7.2 million ruling against Amerigas in a civil lawsuit stemming from a massive explosion that killed two people and leveled a house in the Mogadore area in 2011. A judge in Portage County has ordered a propane company to pay $7.2...

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Meyers lake sportsman’s club files suit

The Meyers Lake Sportsman’s Club”s ongoing dispute with the private lake’s owners is now in court. Controversy arose over the winter between the Meyers Lake Preserve and The Fish Dock Inc., an offshoot of the club that managed the lake and ran a dock and fishing pier. Part of the dispute involved the preserve’s wanting club members to pay a fee to use the lake. In April, the preserve terminated negotiations on a new agreement and told the club to remove the docks and fishing piers on preserve property.

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Hoover retirees pack meeting on changes to health plan

With their health care plan at stake, Marge Walters, 78, and her husband Bob, 86, struggled to find parking half an hour before a Hoover Co. retirees’ meeting Thursday morning. With about 800 to 1,000 people packing their vehicles into the parking lots around the Mayfield Senior Center and a nearby park, the Canton couple risked a parking violation. They left their car at a curbside corner, navigated with their walkers through the massive crowd, only to find no available seats. Most of the Hoover retirees who attended got a letter last month from Hoover’s former parent company, saying that they would be switched to new health plans starting in January 2013.

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McDonald’s owner says he’ll pay fine in case

The owner of about 10 McDonald’s restaurants in Stark County will plead no contest to illegally seeking to influence how his employees voted in November, the owner’s attorney said Wednesday. Paul Siegfried has agreed to pay the maximum fine of $1,000, said his attorney, Randy Snow. He said Siegfried didn’t know he had violated the law. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has recommended that the Ohio Attorney General’s office or Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero charge Siegfried with violating the state’s corrupt practices law. She agreed with the recommendation by Youngstown attorney Rebecca Gerson, whom she appointed to investigate the case. Gerson said the fine money should go to the League of Women Voters.

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