Entries by JSMT Media

Supreme Court will decide unprecedented number of blockbuster cases during 2021-2022 term

Like kids counting the days until Christmas, attorneys, legal scholars, and jurisprudence junkies, including me, eagerly anticipate the first Monday in October, the day the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) begins its new term each year. We can barely control ourselves as we wait for the justices to decide which of the 7,000 […]

Use of “Shadow Docket” is undermining public trust in the Supreme Court

The inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court have been veiled in secrecy since Chief Justice John Jay gaveled the first meeting of the tribunal to order 1789. Aside from hearing oral arguments and issuing decisions, the nine justices function behind tightly closed doors. The conferences in which they debate cases are conducted in private […]

BKH Sports Law Client Joe Moorhead engineers Oregon Duck’s victory over Ohio State

Because we love our friends who are Buckeye fans, we’ve waited a few days to congratulate Oregon Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach Joe Moorhead for engineering the Duck’s impressive 35-28 victory over Ohio State. Like a number of outstanding coaches across the U.S., Coach Moorhead is represented by Brian Kopp, director of BKH’s Sports Law […]

From exploding Pintos to out of control Teslas, trial lawyers fight to make cars safer

On August 10, 1978, three teenage girls, sisters Lyn and Judy Ulrich and their cousin Donna traveling to volley practice on Route 33 in Goshen, Indiana were incinerated when the gas tank in their 1973 Ford Pinto exploded after the vehicle was rear-ended by a van. Technically speaking, they were killed in an auto accident. […]

You have the right to remain silent…Use it because what you don’t say can’t be used against you in a court of law.

If you have viewed Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order Organized Crime, Law and Order LA, Law and Order Def Comedy Jam or one of the dozen or so other iterations of the franchise, you have undoubtedly heard a cop recite the following to a suspect as they slap on the […]

Ohio Supreme Court says hijacking law firm names to drive Google results is a deceptive practice…

I am the managing partner of this law firm which means I am a businessman, which means I am an advertiser. I understand that some people are appalled and offended by attorneys who market their services and are fond of referring to personal injury attorneys as ambulance chasers.” That is ironic for two reasons: first, […]

Society wins not only when the guilty are convicted, but when criminal trials are fair

In his most recent MahoningMatters column, BKH managing partner David Betras, one of the area’s leading criminal defense attorneys, discusses prosecutorial misconduct and the threat overzealous prosecutors pose to every American’s freedom… Prosecutors in the United States wield awesome power and have access to immense resources that dwarf what is available to criminal defendants and […]

M.J. Joseph Development, Corp files complaint for Declaratory Judgment against city of Youngstown, denies default and restates commitment to project

For Immediate Release Monday, May 24, 2021 Contact: Atty. Brian Kopp, 330-502-8825 In response to public statements made by city officials regarding the M.J. Joseph Development, Corp (MJJDC) and the Chill Can project, Attorney Brian Kopp today filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of the […]

Libel, slander and why Facebook can’t be held accountable for outrageous statements posted by users

In his most recent blog post/Mahoning Matters column, BKH Managing Partner David Betras defines defamation, libel, and slander and explains why it is virtually impossible for public figures to win defamation suits and the legal shield that protects Facebook and other social media sites from being helped accountable for statements posted by users… As I […]

David Betras: I’ve never filed a frivolous lawsuit…

Frivolous, adjective: not having any serious purpose or value. My decades-long legal career has been filled with interesting cases, challenging litigation, and high-stakes trials. But in all my years as a member of the bar, there is one thing I have never done: file a frivolous lawsuit. That makes me an anomaly in the eyes […]