Suit wants Ohio ban on soliciting injured workers overturned


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer is challenging Ohio’s ban on attorneys soliciting injured workers who file worker’s compensation claims with the state as clients.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2aVRcWJ ) reports the federal lawsuit filed recently in Columbus by Akron-area attorney Thomas Bevan alleges the Ohio statute violates his constitutional right to free speech and hinders “legitimate advertising activity.”

Bevan wants a U.S. District Court to overturn the law that prohibits lawyers from personally and directly soliciting individuals, other than another lawyer or family member. The current law also adds prohibitions regarding workers’ compensation claims.

Bevan sued after learning that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine served grand jury subpoenas on a journalist who the lawsuit was being used to provide the firm personal information on workers’ compensation filings.

DeWine’s office has declined to comment.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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