COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) has introduced House Bill 225, which will create a procedure for settling civil actions between businesses and other organizations through offers of settlement. The goal of the legislation is to improve the business lawsuit climate in Ohio by creating a fair procedure that will reduce the number of long, drawn out, costly legal battles between organizations, especially businesses.


“House Bill 225 will create a litigation environment that allows both parties to reasonably and realistically evaluate and resolve cases early in the process,” said Representative Butler. “Since 2006, Ohio has fallen in state lawsuit climate rankings from sixteenth to thirtieth. Many businesses that are considering relocation or expansion use such factors when making their decisions. As a state, we need to do everything we can to continue our efforts to spur further economic growth and development. House Bill 225 is a small but important step in that process, and it will benefit businesses, especially small businesses, by creating a procedure that will allow them to resolve these cases without having to bankrupt themselves.”


The new procedure will work in the following manner: if a settlement is offered and refused by either side, then if the side that refused the settlement has a worse outcome at trial, the side that refused the settlement has to pay the side that offered the settlement’s attorneys’ fees and costs from the point in time the settlement was refused (or 30 days after the offer if the offer was ignored).


House Bill 225 will be assigned to a standing committee in the House of Representatives in the near future.

 
 
 
  
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