Entries by Darrell A. Clay

Paul Walter: Founder, Counselor, Peacemaker

On August 13, 1932, Western Reserve School of Law graduate Paul W. Walter, the son of German immigrants, joined several hundred recently graduated attorneys in Cleveland’s Engineers Building where they were to be sworn into the Ohio Bar. It was before the start of this momentous ceremony that Walter stood up in the crowd and […]

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Ohio Adopts “Shelter In Place”/ “Stay At Home” Order: What it Means for You

*Read about Ohio’s Amended Stay At Home Order here. March 23, 2020  During a press conference on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Ohio Governor Michael DeWine disclosed that Ohio would join California, Illinois, Connecticut, New York, and a number of other major cities in issuing a so-called “shelter in place” or “stay at home” Order. This […]

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Force Majeure: Can COVID-19 Excuse Performance of Lease Obligations?

March 23, 2020 COVID-19 (coronavirus) has brought with it a virtual tidal wave of legal questions. An important one: may a tenant invoke a force majeure (French for “superior force”) clause to avoid paying rent to a landlord in the event of a government lockdown or quarantine? Unfortunately, the answer is, “it depends.” Interpretation and […]

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Ohio Extends and Revises Its “Shelter In Place”/ “Stay At Home” Order

April 3, 2020 Twelve days after issuing an initial “Shelter In Place”/“Stay At Home” Order, Ohio Governor Michael DeWine and Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton announced during a news conference on April 2, 2020 the issuance of an amended order. Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, and lasting until […]


Moving Forward in May: Ohio Announces Its Plan for a Responsible Restart

*On April 28, 2020 Governor DeWine changed his stance from mandating face coverings to recommending face coverings for employees, clients and customers. April 27, 2020   At a press conference on April 27, 2020, Ohio Governor Michael DeWine announced plans for non-essential Ohio businesses to begin reopening in the wake of closings prompted by the coronavirus […]


Ohio Shifts Course On Masks

April 29, 2020  Governor Mike DeWine has changed his stance on the mandatory mask requirement that was part of the original plan to restart the state’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The mandate of “No mask, no work, no service, no exception,” first announced on April 27, 2020, is no more. According […]


Ohio Implements 21-Day Overnight Curfew

November 20, 2020  In a continuing battle to reduce the exponential growth of coronavirus infections in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine recently announced Ohio’s adoption of an overnight daily curfew, effective on Thursday, November 19, 2020. The mandate, in the form of an order from the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, will be in […]


CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People May Gather without Masks or Distancing

March 8, 2021 On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may gather indoors with other individuals who are “fully vaccinated” without wearing masks or using physical distancing. The agency’s interim public health recommendations also state that persons who are fully […]