This year, the election takes on increased importance because Ohio voters will be selecting three Ohio Supreme Court justices in November. Three seats are on the ballot this year.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is running for re-election unopposed.
Two open seats are on the ballot this year, and OIA has vetted the candidates for these seats. We support Judges Pat DeWine
and Pat Fischer
and have contributed the maximum amount of OIA PAC
funds allowable by law to their campaigns.
In recent years, the Ohio Supreme Court has been relatively balanced in its decision-making; however, the Court is no stranger to judicial activism. Not so long ago, the court was dominated by a pro-plaintiff majority with a penchant for creating new public policy with its decisions rather than interpreting existing law. While not the only one, there is perhaps no better example of the Court’s activism than the infamous 1999 decision in the Scott-Pontzer
It’s very important to support judges Fischer and DeWine because just one lost seat could significantly destabilize the judicial environment in Ohio.
OIA has compiled a variety of information below on this critical race and what it means for you. You can also find additional resources from Judicial Votes Count
and the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice
Don't Let History Repeat Itself
10/17/2016 - "I don't think there's any question the main problem we have in the insurance industry . . . is the Supreme Court." This quote was published in 1999. Fortunately, the statement is currently not true, but that could change in the next two years.
MVR Fees, Shoddy Work, Non-Compete Agreements, Dead Tortfeasors and Auto Repair Estimates
9/8/2016 - What do these things have in common? They show why you need to vote on Nov. 8. See why OIA supports Judges Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Remembering the Scott-Pontzer Chaos: The Impact of Supreme Court Rulings
8/15/2016 - The 1999 Ohio Supreme Court ruling in the Scott-Pontzer case had serious consequences for independent agents. This past decision reflects how important court elections are to you and policyholders. Learn why OIA supports Judges Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Why should independent agents care about Ohio Supreme Court elections?
6/21/2016 - Ohio Supreme Court decisions play a critical role in determining whether
Ohio consumers, businesses and independent agents will have a stable,
predictable and competitive insurance marketplace in which to do
Don't Overlook Critical Races this Primary Election
3/14/2016 - While the presidential election is garnering the most attention, depending on your party affiliation, you may be interested in voting for other critical races - including the Ohio Supreme Court.
OIA Begins Vetting Ohio Supreme Court Candidates
7/16/2015 - Next year three of seven Supreme Court seats will be up for election. OIA will support justices who interpret the law,not re-write it from the bench.