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Notable Cases

  • Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan has been involved in many civil and criminal cases that have yielded significant decisions included in official state and federal reporters.   Below is a list of some of those reported decisions.   We’ve provided links to the opinions on the court web site where available.
  • Annex Books, Inc. v. City of Indianapolis, 624 F.3d 368 (7th Cir.  2010)
  • American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression v. Strickland, 512 F. Supp. 2d 1082 (S.D. Ohio 2007)
  • Stojetz v. Ishee, 389 F. Supp. 2d 858 (N.D. Ohio 2005)
  • Bookfriends, Inc. v. Taft, 223 F.Supp. 2d 932 (S.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Franklin Jefferson, Ltd. v. City of Columbus, 211 F. Supp. 2d 954 (S.D. Ohio 2002)
  • U.S. v. Foresome Entertainment Co., 318 F.Supp. 2d 548 (N.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Harris v. Fitchville Tp. Trustees, 154 F. Supp. 2d 1182 (N.D. Ohio 2001)>
  • State v. Quandt, 143 Ohio App. 3d 570 (8th Dist. 2001)
  • Aseff v. Cleveland Bd. Of Zoning Appeals, 142 Ohio App. 3d 624 (8th Dist. 2001)
  • R.W.B. of Riverview v. Stemple, 111 F.Supp. 2d 748 (S.D. W.Va. 2000)
  • Union Twp. Bd. of Trustees v. Old 74 Corp., 137 Ohio App. 3d 289 (12th Dist. 2000)
  • United States v. Skeddle, 64 F. Supp. 2d 700 (N.D. Ohio 2000);989 F. Supp. 870, 905,912, 917; (N.D. Ohio 1997) 981 F. Supp. 1069, 1074 (N.D. 1997); 940 F. Supp. 1146, 178 F. R D. 167(N.D. Ohio 1996)
  • Pennsylvania Pride, Inc. v. Southhampton Tp., 78 F. Supp. 2d 359 (M.D. Pa. 1999)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum v. Gentile, 134 F.3d 749 (6th Cir. 1998)
  • R.A.S. Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Cleveland, 130 Ohio App. 3d 125 (8th Dist. 1998)
  • State ex rel. Eckstein v. Midwest Pride IV, Inc., 128 Ohio App. 3d 1 (12th Dist. 1998)
  • State v. Graor, 126 Ohio App. 3d 488 (8th Dist. 1998)
  • Interstate Indep. Corp. v. Fayette Cty. Bd. of Zoning Appeals, 123 Ohio App. 3d 511 (12th Dist. 1997)
  • Stringfellow’s of New York, Ltd. v. City of New York, 671 N.Y.S 2d 406 (N.Y. 1998)
  • Contempt of Lusnia, 121 Ohio App. 3d 184 (8th Dist. 1997)
  • State ex rel. Bowers v. Elida Rd. Video & Books, Inc., 120 Ohio App. 3d 78 (3rd Dist. 1997)
  • State ex rel. Eckstein v. Video Express, 119 Ohio App. 3d 261 (12th Dist. 1997)
  • Raceway Video and Bookshop, Inc. v. Cleveland Bd. of Zoning Appeals, 118 Ohio App. 3d 264 (8th Dist. 1997)
  • State v. Gaul, 117 Ohio App. 3d 82 (8th Dist. 1997)
  • Earley v. Executive Bd. of United Transp. Union, 957 F.Supp. 997 (N.D. Ohio 1996)
  • State v. Keaton, 113 Ohio App. 3d 696 (12th Dist. 1996
  • State ex rel. Midwest Pride IV, Inc. v. Pontious, 75 Ohio St. 3d 565 (1996)
  • Adult Video Assoc. v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, 71 F.3d 563 (6th Cir. 1995)
  • United States v. Jenkins, 46 F.3d 447 (5th Cir. 1995)
  • State v. Apanovitch, 107 Ohio App. 3d 82 (8th Dist. 1995)
  • State v. Waszily, 105 Ohio App. 3d 510 (8th Dist. 1995)
  • Triplett Grille v. City of Akron, 40 F.3d 129 (6th Cir. 1994)
  • Zilich v. Longo, 34 F.3d 359 (6th Cir. 1994)
  • United States v. Liberatore, 856 F. Supp. 358 (N.D. Ohio 1994)
  • United States v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chaffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, AFL-CIO, 838 F. Supp. 800 (S.D. N. Y. 1993)
  • United States v. Krasner, 841 F. Supp. 649 (M.D. Pa. 1993)
  • West Virginia Pride, Inc. v. Wood County, 811 F. Supp. 1142 (S.D. W.Va. 1993)
  • United States v. Sturman, 951 F.2d 1466 (6th Cir. 1991)cert denied 504 U.S. 985 (1992)
  • Morscott, Inc. v Cleveland, 936 F.2d 271 (6th Cir. 1991)
  • White Fabricating Co. v. United States, 903 F.2d 404 (6th Cir. 1991)
  • Griffin Systems, Inc. v. Ohio Dept. of Insurance, 61 Ohio St. 3d 552 (1991)
  • State ex rel. Pizza v. Strope, 54 Ohio St. 3d 41 (1990)
  • City of South Euclid v. Richardson, 49 Ohio St. 3d 147 (1990)
  • State v. Applause Video, Inc., 434 N.W.2d 864 (Iowa 1989)
  • Ed Stinn Chevrolet v. National City Bank, 31 Ohio St. 3d 150 (1987)
  • State ex rel. Crockett v. Robinson, 67 Ohio St. 3d 363 (1981)
  • State ex rel. Laramie Corp. v. City of Cleveland, 65 Ohio St. 3d 35 (1981)
  • State v. Young, 62 Ohio St. 370 (1980)