Active Cases

Jackson v. Bartec (challenging application of smoking ban to bars, agency regulatory authority)On April 6, 2011, the Ohio Supreme Court agreed to become the first state supreme court in the  nation to decide whether or not a statewide smoking ban violates the property rights of bar owners. The 1851 Center is representing Zeno’s Victorian Village in this landmark case.

Dayton Tea Party v. Ohio Municipal League (challenging secret use of public funds to lobby for greater taxes/spending)In June 2011, the 1851 Center filed in the Ohio Supreme Court a Public Records Complaint demanding Ohio Municipal League (OML) and Ohio Township Association (OTA) lobbying records. OML and OTA use taxpayer funds to lobby for higher taxes and increased spending.

Corsi v. Ohio Elections Commission (challenging pre-registration requirements for political bloggers) The 1851 Center has filed a notice of appeal in the case of Ed Corsi, a political blogger and pamphleteer, who distributed materials critical of his local elected officials.  After one of those same   officials sought prosecution of Mr. Corsi, the Ohio Elections Commission took up the case.

Manna Storehouse v. Ohio Department of Agriculture (challenging unreasonable regulation of food cooperatives and )- The 1851 Center is defending Manna Storehouse and its owners, the Stowers family, in a case involving unreasonable forceful searches and seizures conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Lorain County Health Department.

Conners v. Cincinnati Public Schools (challenge to deed restrictions against charter and private schools)– Cincinnati Public Schools attempted to enforce a deed restriction prohibiting the use of school buildings previously owned by CPS for use by a charter or private school. Such a restriction is void by Ohio policy that favors school choice, and cheats taxpayers of sales revenue from the buildings.

Ohio Lakefront Group v. Cordray (protection of lakefront property rights, as against the “public trust doctrine”) In October 2010, the 1851 Center filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Ohio to stop redefinition of property rights along Lake Erie. The AG and environmental interest groups claim that because the State owns the waters of Lake Erie, it also owns the beaches.