Richard Loreto and Larry Buffa v. The Procter & Gamble Company
Serving as co-counsel in attempted consolidated actions alleging false advertising rules under the consumer protection laws of various states involving Vicks NyQuil. The matter is currently on appeal before the Sixth Circuit.
Unfair Competition Litigation
Successful representation of educator in disciplinary proceeding
The State Board of Education sought to permanently revoke the teaching licenses of our client, a long-time educator in the state of Ohio. The Board alleged that our client improperly disciplined a student with disabilities and disclosed the student’s confidential health information. Eleven witnesses testified at a four day hearing in Columbus, Ohio. Ultimately, Hearing Officer appointed by the Board concluded that a preponderance of evidence did not appear in the hearing record to support the Board’s charges against the principal. As a result, the Hearing Officer recommended that the case be closed without discipline upon the State of Ohio educational licenses held by our client. The State Board of Education rejected the Hearing Officer’s recommendation and suspended the educator’s licenses for five years. We appealed the Board’s decision to the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas. Like the Hearing Officer, the Common Pleas Court judge determined that no discipline was warranted and he vacated the Board’s suspension. The Board appealed the trial court’s decision to the First District Court of Appeals. But the First District dismissed the appeal.
In re: Structural Dynamics Research Corporation Derivative Action
Served as lead counsel in defending Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, a publicly-traded software development company, in a class-action shareholder lawsuit following allegations of fraud and artificially inflated earnings. The shareholder suit was filed following a restatement of earnings over a three-year period and a Securities and Exchange Commission financial fraud action and accompanying fines against five former senior officers of SDRC. The class-action shareholder suit was settled prior to trial.
Surles v. P&G-Clairol, Inc.
Our firm represented P&G-Clariol in a product liability case claiming personal injuries resulting from the use of a consumer product. We obtained summary judgment and dismissal on behalf of our client following discovery.
Consultant v. Intellectual Property Owner / Inventor
Represented minority shareholder against majority shareholder in privately-held company
Represented minority shareholders in successful litigation against majority shareholders of major privately-held company. Negotiated settlement and thereafter successfully litigated the efficacy of the agreement itself
Basinger, et al. v. Pilarczyk. et al.
Defended financial firm and officers in NASD arbitration relating to broker misconduct
Doe v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Plumbing Contractors' Association, et al. v. City of Blue Ash
James H. Huff, et al. v. Real Living, Inc., Case No. A0908858, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio
L.F.P. IP, LLC, et al. v. Hustler Cincinnati, Inc., et al.
Multiple Cases Involving Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Obtained dismissal of case involving allegation of Medicare and Medicaid fraud
Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, On Its Own Behalf And On Behalf of Dwight's Piano Company et al. v. Karen L. Hendricks et al., Adversary Proceeding Case No. 02-1158, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Prosecuted multi-million dollar trademark action and defended counterclaim
Stand Energy Corp. v. Cinergy Services, Inc.
State of Ohio v. Marvin L. Warner, et al.
Through passage of special legislation, the Ohio Attorney General was empowered to appoint an independent Special Prosecutor having criminal jurisdiction over the entirety of the state's savings and loans. Dinsmore & Shohl partner, Lawrence A. Kane, Jr. was named Special Prosecutor. He, in turn, assembled a staff led by his chief deputy, Dinsmore & Shohl partner, Mark A. Vander Laan, who had principal responsibility for presentation to a special grand jury, the litigation of the ensuing prosecution, and argument of the two cases which reached the Ohio Supreme Court, which in turn affirmed convictions of Home State's principals.
Over the course of five years, the team of Dinsmore attorneys, with the assistance of experienced former prosecutors, academics, and investigators assembled cases that led to the convictions and imprisonment of the owner of Home State (a former Ambassador to Switzerland), two of its former presidents, all of the surviving principals of ESM Government Securities, Inc., and the chief outside accountant for ESM; Restitution orders in excess of $100,000,000 were secured through the prosecutions. The four-month trial against Home State's owner and its two former presidents was the longest in Hamilton County, Ohio history.