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City’s bill for records suit tops $422,000

October 31, 2013

The city of Marietta’s legal bills continue to pile up in a public records lawsuit that was filed against the city in 2011 by Tuscarawas County residents Edward and Dorothy Verhovec and their......

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MOVman

Nov-02-13 8:41 PM

Oh Fred, there you go aSgain. You're like a left teabagger. Ideological purity and finding demons in those who don't agree with you is the extent of your intellect. Shame the state of Ohio allowed you to warp minds of young people for 30 years.

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BeRight

Nov-01-13 8:16 AM

Fred, did you hit the juice a little early? I am supporting the law director.

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exofDevola

Oct-31-13 9:28 PM

This is just sad, all this wasted time and money , for a frivolous lawsuit, and done in several counties in Ohio. When does the attorney general of Ohio step in and call a halt to this madness ? Or does it just go on and on and on because of these two loonies?

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JoeBob1

Oct-31-13 6:40 PM

What a shakedown-reminiscent of the frivolous lawsuits over the Americans with Disabilities Act. Just looking for trouble-and a payday.

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BeRight

Oct-31-13 3:56 PM

Our maybe you are the person who lost the last election

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BeRight

Oct-31-13 3:56 PM

YOur person must have lost the last election.

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BeRight

Oct-31-13 3:55 PM

When a case falls outside the expertise of the law director and the city interests are at risk, it is better to hire outside consul to protect the City instead of staying with the law director simply because some citizen has a chip on his shoulder for the current law director.

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TheMagicMuskie

Oct-31-13 2:19 PM

Bertram took over as Law Director less than six months after the suit was filed. What has he done to clean up the mess besides outsource his responsibility?

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TheMagicMuskie

Oct-31-13 2:16 PM

I can't believe the issue of hiring outside counsel has never even been raised by City Council or the local media.

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BeRight

Oct-31-13 2:09 PM

This case pre dates Bertram. He is cleaning up a mess leftover.

This is not about the city's bill. This is about bad legislation.

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ea333555

Oct-31-13 1:35 PM

$422,000 for attorney costs!!!! Well worth every penny....LOL I wouldn't be surprised if Bertram did have some involvement in the case. Kickbacks happen all the time for "passed-on" cases because of conflict of interest or jurisdictional reasons.

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BeRight

Oct-31-13 12:52 PM

This is a case of legislators passing legislation without actually reading it. The open records law allows for this kind of public shakedown of a municipality simply because it was poorly written by do-gooder legislators who were pressured into passing a bill for open records by activists. There have been other lawsuits similar to this in nature where the party uses the law to demand records in hope of asking for ones that are no-existent or impossible to find and looking for a big payday. There is a record of another suit like this on the books in Ohio were someone was asking for all the reel to reel tapes of past council meetings in a small city. When is the last time you heard someone using reel to reel?

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Tessie

Oct-31-13 12:27 PM

The Verhovecs filed public records lawsuits all over the State of Ohio, not just in Marietta. Some of the cities fought back, some settled. One would think the Ohio Attorney General should step in. But I'm not a lawyer.

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TheMagicMuskie

Oct-31-13 12:03 PM

Why did the city of Marietta hire outside counsel to defend this case? Attorney Bertram is the law director and has 3 assistant law directors at his disposal. There was no need for the city to hire a Columbus firm to defend against such a frivolous lawsuit.

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freerange

Oct-31-13 9:42 AM

this is marietta....bring the armored tanks out...

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samy07

Oct-31-13 8:42 AM

The city will never see that money. If it gets appealed in every court in the land and the city wins, the Verhovecs will simply file for bankruptcy and have it dismissed.

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bwc511

Oct-31-13 8:34 AM

I agree. I'd like to know more about these two nuts.

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D8zeyJ

Oct-31-13 8:31 AM

These people will continue to rack up the bill in hopes that the City will settle!

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Alwayssomething

Oct-31-13 8:26 AM

Does anyone know if the Verhovecs even have the money to be recovered?

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Lizard

Oct-31-13 8:14 AM

$422,000 for attorney costs. I can't imagine an attorney making this much over a two year period even if they worked full time on this issue and nothing else! Even two or three attorneys getting this much from one source when they have numerous other clients they bill excessively. This is a big part of the problem. Maybe this attorney is incompetent and can't solve this problem because they don't want to lose this huge income source! Crazy lawsuit and crazy costs associated with it.

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oldhickory

Oct-31-13 6:10 AM

absolutely asinine. I said it before and I will say it again...This is an abuse of the law. Financial penalties were designed to prevent avoidance of the law not to promote frivolous lawsuits

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