September 1, 2020

Ehlert Hicks and Co-Counsel Obtain Ohio Supreme Court Review of Case Concerning Immunity of Family Services Caseworkers

Ehlert Hicks and its co-counsel, Bloomekatz Law, persuaded the Ohio Supreme Court to accept review in a case in which a two-year-old girl was violently abused, and ultimately murdered, by her father. Following her death, the toddler’s grandmother brought suit against three caseworkers employed by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, arguing that they were at least reckless in failing to take any steps to remove the little girl from her parents’ custody. The question before the Ohio Supreme Court is whether allegations that county caseworkers have lost their immunity to suit are subject to a heightened pleading standard or the ordinary notice pleading standard that governs virtually all other civil claims in Ohio. Oral argument is scheduled for April 28, 2021.