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Ohio Poverty Law Journal

Utility Submetering charges unfair to renters.

April 2016

In an article on unfair utility submetering charges and related legislation, the Columbus Dispatch quotes OPLC Senior Attorney Mike Smalz on legislation designed to favor the utility companies at the expense of tenants and mobile home park residents.

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Joint Reply Comments Filed Opposing the Weakening of Telephone Consumer Protection Rules

November 2015

Joint reply comments have been filed by OPLC, OCC, ABLE/Edgemont Neighborhood Coalition,  Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services. These comments oppose the efforts of the telephone companies, the Ohio Telecom Association, and other business interests to greatly weaken the consumer protection rules proposed by the PUCO staff for the implementation of […]

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Poverty Law Center Applauds New Military Lending Act Final Rules

July 2015

The Department of Defense has issued an expansive new rule that protects servicemembers and their families from high-cost installment lenders, pay day lenders, and other predatory credit providers. This rule is an addition to the Military Lending Act, an Act passed in 2006 that capped interest rates and add-on fees to members of the military […]

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Legal Aid Society of Columbus Files Medicaid Termination Suit Against State

March 2015

UPDATE:  On Wednesday April 1, 2015 the Plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint adding an additional organizational plaintiff.  The Court held a hearing on the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, which was subsequently granted on April 2.  The State was ordered to reinstate the Medicaid benefits of the named individual plaintiffs, and was enjoined from terminating […]

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Senior Attorney Mike Smalz Makes the News on Telephone Deregulation

February 2015

Telephone Deregulation is back before the Ohio Legislature with the introduction of Governor Kasic’s Budget.  Mike Smalz was interviewed by both Gongwer News Services and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. March 13 Update:  Mike Smalz was more recently interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch.  Check out Current Issues and Projects page for more information on telephone deregulation.

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