Entries by Renee Garner

Part-Time Law Clerk – Akron Office

Collins, Roche, Utley, & Garner LLC (CRUG) an Ohio prominent insurance defense firm, with offices in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus is currently accepting applications for a part-time law clerk in our Akron office.  The ideal candidate: will be in their first or second year of law school; will be in the top half of their […]

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 […]

Beverly Adams Wins Disputed Liability Auto Accident

August, 2023– After four years of litigation, Beverly Adams secured a defense verdict in Jennifer Bognar, et al. v. State Farm Insurance, et al in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.  The trial was on liability with the question of  whether the traffic light was yellow or had already turned red.  Plaintiff was making a left-hand […]

CRUG Wins Summary Judgment in Performance Bond Case

Greg Collins (Akron) and David Lester (Cleveland) recently obtained summary judgment for the Surety under a substantial Performance Bond, where the project Owner failed to comply with notice conditions of the Bond. The case is Warren Roofing & Insulating Co. v. St. Noel Parish, Lake County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 21CV001388. The Bond […]