Judge Lacked Authority to Transfer Cases to Himself

Appellants were entitled to writs of mandamus and prohibition against appellee judge, as the judge lacked authority to transfer cases to himself from the other judges to whom the cases had originally been assigned or to consolidate the cases for purposes of trial because he was not an administrative judge with power to control the docket under Sup.R. 4.01(A), he did not have the lowest numbered case as required by Hamilton County, Ohio, Ct. C.P. R. 7(G), and at the time in question, Civ.R. 42(A) allowed consolidation only after a hearing. State ex rel. Durrani v. Ruehlman, 2016-Ohio-7740.

Why would a lawyer embed a file into a PDF?

(PDF for Lawyers) — Today we’re going to talk about attaching files to a PDF document, which at first seems like a weird thing that no lawyer would ever need to do. But, in a minute you’ll see that this could be incredibly useful.

Let’s say you’re a litigator and you use PDFs as your file format whenever you have to produce documents. Let’s say you have an Excel spreadsheet that’s important and so you’ve ‘printed it to PDF’ so you can manage it in your paperless document system. But, because of those pesky new procedural rules involving ESI (i.e. ‘electronically stored information’) you’re obligated to produce the Excel file to your opponent.

Now you’ve got this .xls file that you have to make sure stays connected to the PDF. So how to you keep the PDF and the .xls file associated? Easy: (1) convert the Excel file to a PDF using the ‘print to PDF’ function, and (2) embed the .xls file inside the resulting PDF.

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Lender cannot use ratification to cure lack of standing

In a decision that expands the scope of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Byrd, the First District Court of Appeals decided that ratification, joinder, and substitution, under Civil Rule 17,  are only appropriate when determination of the proper party to sue is difficult or when an understandable mistake has been made. Bank of N.Y. v. Gindele, 2010 Ohio 542.