Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 1986

Publication Title

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Quarterly Review


personal injury law, product liability, Ohio law


When I originally came to Ohio in 1970, I was surprised to find that the Ohio state courts lagged considerably behind other states in the development of personal injury law and especially product liability law. Under the leadership of Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze, the court's position was re-oriented. With decisions adopting and liberally defining strict liability, the court took a major step. Shortly thereafter, the court ruled that neither the Ohio Constitution nor any Ohio legislation insulated an employer from liability to employees for intentional torts. These, and other changes, have moved Ohio to the forefront of legal development in the personal injury field.