Entries by Renee Garner

CRUG Wins Personal Injury Suit by Tenant Against Landlord

  Beverly Adams and Kurt Anderson recently won summary judgment for their client in a complex landlord-tenant slip-and-fall claim in Geauga County Court of Common Pleas.  The court dismissed the lawsuit ruling that 1) the lack of a handrail was an open-and-obvious hazard, 2) the handrail requirements in the building code in effect at the […]

CRUG Celebrates 9 Years of Success

  CRUG celebrates 9 years of success serving clients we care about, the communities we live and work in, the amazing team of professionals we work alongside, all while building a business we are truly proud of.  Here’s to 9 years and many more!  

Full-Time Attorney for Cleveland/Akron Office

Collins Roche Utley & Garner continues to grow and is seeking attorney candidates for our Cleveland/Akron offices with 8+ years of experience in civil litigation. Ideal candidates will be able to handle files independently through trial in a variety of insurance defense areas such as auto accidents, general personal injury, premises liability and construction litigation.  […]

CRUG Welcomes Newest Attorney Daniel P. Whitehead

Please join us in welcoming our newest attorney to the CRUG Columbus team! Daniel P. Whitehead has joined CRUG bringing 25+ years of civil defense experience and he will help round out an already outstanding bench of attorneys and staff at CRUG. CRUG has offices across central and northeast Ohio and specializes in civil defense […]

CRUG Victory in Supreme Court of Ohio on Medical Claim Statute of Repose

On December 28, 2023, David Lester of CRUG’s Cleveland office won a victory for CRUG’s client, the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital in the Supreme Court of Ohio, that Ohio’s four-year statute of repose for “medical claims”, set forth in R.C. 2305.113(C), applies to wrongful-death claims.  In Everhart v. Coshocton County Mem. Hosp., 2023-Ohio-4670, the supreme […]

CRUG Wins a Trifecta of Insurance Coverage Cases Across Ohio

David Lester of CRUG’s Cleveland office recently won a trifecta of insurance coverage cases across Ohio: In Turner v. Pontones (Carroll County), the insured was sued for an RV crash that resulted in the death of a passenger. Coverage was sought under a farm liability policy that contained a motor vehicle exclusion.  Dave convinced the court […]

David Orlandini Awarded at OACTA 2023 Annual Conference

During the OACTA Annual Business Meeting & Legal Excellence Award Luncheon on Thursday, November 9, our Columbus Partner, David Orlandini accepted recognition for his contribution as a board member over the past four years. David is now honored as an OACTA Board Trustee, Past President. Congratulations David!

Premises Liability Victory

In Nagy v. The Fred W. Albrecht Grocery Co., Evan Palik of CRUG’s Akron Office successfully defended a grocery store in a premises liability claim brought by an employee of a contractor injured during renovations to the store. The employee fell into an excavated trench and suffered a fractured ankle on the store’s premises.  He claimed that the store actively engaged in conduct that […]

CRUG Supreme Court Win:  Win for Liability Insurers

CRUG’s David Utley and David Lester recently prevailed in the Supreme Court of Ohio in Acuity v. Progressive Specialty Ins. Co. (opinion below).  In that case, the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the right of insurers to define who is an insured under liability policies. A car accident resulted in multiple liability policies being potentially […]

CRUG Wins Dismissal of Trucking Lawsuit

On October 5, 2023, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas dismissed a lawsuit filed against CRUG’s client, TransAm Trucking, Inc., because the plaintiff had failed to sue the employee truck driver who allegedly caused the accident. The court agreed with arguments by CRUG attorneys Patrick Roche and Kurt Anderson that a claim of vicarious […]