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KNR personal-injury law firm seeks "gag" order to keep Chandra Law from sharing publicly filed information about KNR's alleged fraud against clients

[UPDATED] The defendants in a class-action suit for fraud against the Kesling, Nestico & Redick LLC personal-injury law firm (KNR) ("hurt in a car, call KNR") pending in the Summit County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas have filed a motion asking the court to issue, "sua sponte," a gag order that Chandra Law provide no "information" regarding the case--including publicly filed and truthful information--"to the public, media, or press." A "sua sponte" order is one that a court issues on its own, without due process of law or hearing from both sides. In other words, the KNR defendants are demanding that the court issue an order without hearing from Chandra Law or considering the serious First Amendment, free-speech, case-investigation, and ethical issues raised by KNR's extraordinary demand that the public be cut off from knowledge about the allegations contained in the publicly available court record.

Personal-injury law firm KNR accused of deceiving and defrauding its clients with kickback schemes involving chiropractors and loan companies

Internal emails alleged to show Kisling, Nestico, and Redick maintains unlawful kickback relationships with chiropractors and loan companies, and charges its clients for fraudulent "investigations" that never take place

CLEVELAND, OHIO - A proposed amended complaint filed today in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas by three former clients of the Ohio personal-injury law firm of Kisling, Nestico, and Redick ("KNR"), alleges that the firm and its owners, Alberto ("Rob") Nestico and Robert Redick, have intentionally deceived and defrauded their clients with kickback schemes involving a network of chiropractors and a now-defunct loan company called Liberty Capital Funding. The class-action complaint further alleges that the Defendants have engaged in a scheme to defraud their clients by charging a fraudulent "investigation fee" for so-called "investigations" that are never performed, and for basic clerical services that are not legally chargeable to the firm's clients.

Dispatcher's negligence leading to death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice results in "unacceptable" and "pathetic" 8-day suspension

Cleveland, OH - "Unacceptable." That is how Samaria Rice, the bereaved mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, described the mere eight-day suspension Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams gave Constance Hollinger, a police dispatcher, for Hollinger's negligence resulting in Tamir's death from a police shooting on November 22, 2014.

Homeless coalitions petition U.S. Supreme Court to protect voters from disenfranchisement over trivial errors

Cleveland, Ohio - Today, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, joined by the Ohio Democratic Partyfiled a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their challenge against Ohio voter-suppression laws known as S.B. 205 and 216. The homeless coalitions and ODP are plaintiffs in a long-running voting-rights lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Whistleblower Files First Amendment Lawsuit, Alleging Retaliation for Reporting Safety Violations to the FAA

CLEVELAND, OHIO - Two years after his unceremonious removal from the Field-Maintenance Manager post at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, Mayfield Heights resident Abdul-Malik Ali today filed an amended lawsuit in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Ali, who on February 18, 2015 told the Federal Aviation Administration about how the Airport was systematically failing to meet FAA-mandated staffing levels for its snow-and-ice-removal operations―and who was booted from his job the very next day―claims that there is an undeniable connection between these two events. He seeks reinstatement to his former position as well as economic and non-economic damages caused by the Airport's retaliatory actions.

OSHA determines demotion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport manager was retaliatory

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has informed the City of Cleveland that OSHA has determined that there is "reasonable cause to believe" that Chandra Law's client Abdul Malik-Ali was demoted in retaliation for reporting unsafe conditions on the runways at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The city has 10 days to respond, and was invited to propose settlement. OSHA's finding follows a $735,000 national-record fine that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed upon the city for the very safety violations that Mr. Ali identified. (That fine was later settled for $200,000―with the FAA not permitting the city to disclaim its responsibility in the settlement agreement.)

AUDIO: Additional whistleblower complaint to the FAA and OSHA reports Cleveland Hopkins International Airport airfield-maintenance manager's recorded threats of further retaliation, "climate of fear"

Cleveland, OH - Secretly recorded audio reveals Cleveland Hopkins International Airport airfield-maintenance manager Robert Henderson on January 19, 2017 excoriating his employees and threatening them with retaliation for whistleblowing safety violations.

Henderson made the threats one day after Chandra Law sent to the FAA and OSHA on behalf of former airfield-maintenance manager Abdul-Malik Ali a complaint regarding additional safety violations. Chandra Law on January 24, 2017 sent an additional complaint and the audio recording to the FAA and OSHA describing the resulting "climate of fear."

RTA pays $45,000 to Lakewood woman assaulted by RTA police officer

Complaint alleged officer arrested and assaulted Plaintiff without probable cause; RTA suspended officer and placed him on probation

CLEVELAND, OHIO - The Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) has paid $45,000 to Jessica Ferrato, in settlement of her lawsuit for being unlawfully assaulted by now-former RTA police officer Jonathan Pacholke in March 2015 as she was exiting the Lakewood W 117th Street station. Ferrato sued the RTA and Pacholke in February 2016, alleging claims for U.S. constitutional violations, including for unlawful seizure and excessive force under the Fourth Amendment, and Ohio-law claims for battery and false arrest.

Whistleblower to FAA and OSHA: new, serious safety violations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport put travelers at risk

Via a letter from Subodh Chandra today, Abdul-Malik Ali, the former airfield maintenance manager at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, has alerted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) to serious safety violations at the airport. The letter states that the violations stem from unqualified staffing at the airport.

The violations caused runways, ramps, and taxiways to be shut down and flights to be diverted, and Mr. Ali believes, represent an ongoing threat to the traveling public.

East Cleveland City School District education board to adopt numerous changes and reimburse $100,000 in fees incurred for board member's suit over extensive open-government violations

The settlement comes two weeks before the board was about to face trial

EAST CLEVELAND, OHIO - Today, the East Cleveland City School District board of education committed to concrete actions to comply with Ohio's open-government laws, correct past violations, and reimburse Dr. Patricia A. Blochowiak, a board member, $100,000 in attorneys' fees and costs incurred in her whistleblower action forcing the board's legal compliance.

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