Ehlert Hicks Wins Qualified-Immunity Case in the Ohio Supreme Court
Ehlert Hicks and co-counsel Rachel Bloomekatz and Emmett Robinson won an important victory in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of the estate of a two-year-old girl who was brutalized by her parents and ultimately murdered by her father. In Maternal Grandmother v. Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, the toddler’s grandmother brought suit against county social workers, alleging they had been at least reckless in failing to detect the abuse the girl was suffering. The Supreme Court agreed with our arguments that when alleging government employees have lost their immunity to suit, plaintiffs need comply with only notice pleading requirements, not any heightened pleading standard. The ruling will help other plaintiffs who seek to hold government employees accountable for wrongdoing.