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Employment Practices Liability Endorsement Coverage and Your Policy
Posted on December 7th, 2023

In the last 20 years, employment-related lawsuits have increased by 400% and lawsuits for wrongful termination have increased 260%. Shifts in cultural expectations coupled with insufficient re-education have also led to an increase in complaints of harassment, hostility in the workplace, and inappropriate behavior between business contacts who are not necessarily employees. Business owners are […]

An OBLIC Update on Generative AI in the Legal Industry: Regulation, Legal Sector Tools, and Practical Guidance
Posted on November 29th, 2023

In our final OBLIC Update on AI for 2023, we’ll first consider some updates on recent developments in the realm of generative AI touching the legal industry. We then round out this fourth installment with practical guidance on deploying these tools in your law practice.   Administrative Regulation of Generative AI  Attention is being paid in […]

Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Reminder
Posted on November 20th, 2023

The holidays are just around the corner! So it’s a good time for cybersecurity reminders. Scammers typically take advantage of this time of year when they know everyone is busy and more vulnerable to phishing emails and social engineering threats. Be aware of the fraudulent check scam. Scammers have refined their technique on this. The […]

Hotline Question: Responding to Online Reviews
Posted on November 6th, 2023

There’s no doubt that online reviews may influence prospective clients. While savvy consumers may be able to discern between reviews posted by legitimately unhappy consumers and those that may be unfairly retaliatory, your online reputation is highly valuable and worth protecting. Since it may be unlikely that negative reviews will be removed (even if untrue), […]

Posted on October 30th, 2023

OBLIC Loss Prevention & Ethics HOTLINE provides complementary loss prevention information and resources for OBLIC policyholders. If your inquiry requires special expertise or legal advice about a specific matter in ethics, we can set up an ethics consult with outside ethics counsel. In addition to the Ethics Hotline, our Loss Prevention team produces weekly articles […]

OBLIC Alert Update: ABA Formal Opinion 508 – The Ethics of Witness Preparation
Posted on October 23rd, 2023

In August, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 508 on the Ethics of Witness Preparation. The Standing Committee suggests that a certain degree of witness preparation should be a standard in most areas of practice; however, there are ethical lines, some clearer than others, on how far […]

New Opinions Give Guidance for Settlement Situations and Nonlawyer Bonuses for Online Reviews
Posted on October 12th, 2023

On October 6, 2023, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct issued three new opinions. These nonbinding advisory opinions provide Ohio lawyers with answers to hypothetical or prospective questions from the bench and bar:  OPINION 2023-09 Opposing Counsel’s Preparation of Application to Settle a Minor’s Claim  OPINION 2023-10 Lawyer’s Obligation When Letter of Protection Issued to […]

Hotline Question: Offshore Paralegals
Posted on October 5th, 2023

This year, we’ve received questions about remote support staff based out-of-state or even internationally. Between staffing shortages, wage increases, and businesses’ interests in reducing overhead, some attorneys are looking abroad for staffing.   After reviewing our guidance below and considering your business’ needs, an ethics consult might be best used to review oversight policies, client disclosure […]

Proposed Changes to Rules for Attorney Specialization and Rule of Practice and Procedure
Posted on September 19th, 2023

Proposed amendments to the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar and Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct would impact specialization for Ohio attorneys. Prof.Cond.R 7.4 now provides that a lawyer shall not state or imply that they are a specialist in a particular field of law unless the lawyer has been certified as […]

An OBLIC Update on Generative AI in the Legal Industry: Recent Court Rulings on AI and Copyright
Posted on September 14th, 2023

This week, we’ve synthesized some current legal news in the realm of artificial intelligence and machine learning to keep you up to date.   In a post earlier this year, we shared how Natural Language Processing applications like ChatGPT, Google’s Bard AI, and Meta’s LLaMa have advanced the ability of computer processing to generate human-like written […]