OMA Files Supreme Court Amicus on Contract Breach


The OMA this week filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court in a case that could have bearing on breach of contract cases and cases in which punitive damages are sought in a breach of contract case.  The brief supports Nationwide Insurance in an appeal from a decision by the Court of Appeals, Seventh Appellate District. The brief argues:  “The Seventh District’s unprecedented decision that punitive damages are available for breach of contract disrupts what had been well-settled law in Ohio. Punitive damages have long been recoverable only for actions based on, and for, tort. That is how it has always been and how it should continue to be.” The OMA was joined on the amicus by the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.