• Status Update of Ohio Public Records Cases
  • April 27, 2006 | Author: Maria J. Armstrong
  • Law Firm: Bricker & Eckler LLP - Columbus Office
  • In October 2005, our website highlighted two significant public records cases that were pending before the Ohio Supreme Court at that time. Both cases were recently decided and, as expected, both proved to be very important decisions in this area of law. One case upheld punitive damages against the City of Akron for destruction of public records and should have a significant impact on the records retention practices of all public offices. The other case, involving HIPAA and medical records, found that certain city health department records were not protected from disclosure and provides valuable guidance to any public agency that maintains health information.