Managing Vague and Overly Broad Public Records Requests

In Ohio, public agencies are required to make many of their working documents available for public inspection or copying upon request. The Ohio Public Records Act makes it clear that, with few exceptions, the public records process must be both transparent and timely. Public agencies are frequently asked to balance their limited resources with their duties under the law. But when a public records request arrives that seems vague or unreasonable, public agencies need to know their rights as well as their obligations. [More]

Walter | Haverfield attorney in popular Serial podcast

Sara Fagnilli, an attorney in the firm’s Public Law group, is in Serial, a podcast that shares stories from inside the Cuyahoga County courthouse during its third season. Fagnilli was the special prosecutor in the controversial case of Euclid resident, Erimius Spencer. The details of Spencer’s case, Fagnilli’s role in it and the outcome are all explained in episode seven. [More]

The California Consumer Privacy Act: How it May Impact Your Ohio Business

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which goes into effect in 2020, affects businesses doing business in California that satisfy one of the following thresholds: (a) has annual gross revenues in excess of $25 million; (b) annually buys, receives, sells or shares the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers; or (c) derives 50% or more of its annual revenues from selling consumers’ personal information. However, businesses are exempt from the act if every aspect of their commercial conduct takes place outside of California. [More]