Author: Benjamin Luftman

BBB rating moved up to an A+

22.11.2010 in Misc, News

How do you decide where to take out-of-towner’s to dinner? What makes you choose which hotel to stay in when you’re traveling? How do you choose the right attorney for your DUI case? Many people would say that they use ratings or reviews to help them make decisions such as these. When deciding on a law firm to help you in a troubling time, the ratings speak for themselves. Luftman, Heck & Associates was just awarded with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau is one of the most well respected consumer advocate organizations. They rate companies on 16 ethical elements in order to provide a high level of trust and relationship between the business and the community. LHA has been a BBB accredited business since August 2005 and is committed to exceptional standards of excellent customer service.

Aside from the BBB rating, Luftman, Heck & Associates have received numerous reviews from satisfied clients on our Google Places page and listed first in the Yellow Pages for Columbus Law Firm.

Whether you are searching for a law firm to help you fight a drunk driving case or assist you in diminishing your debt through bankruptcy, the attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates are well trusted, qualified and ready to help you.

Judge ruled that Intoxilyzer 8000 test result is inadmissible in court

04.11.2010 in DUI & Traffic Defense

Attorney Dan Sabol defended his client in a Madison County OVI case, resulting in a hearing where the breath test associated with the case was found to have not complied with the standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Health.  As such, the court ruled that the test could not be used in the prosecution of his client.

The Intoxliyzer 8000 is a portable device designed to measure a person’s breath alcohol levels. Ohio has purchased around 700 machines, and plans on implementing these machines across the state within the next year or two. This is the first known case in which the evidence from the test results were deemed inadmissible after a contested motion hearing.

Attorney Sabol states that “The crux of the problems surrounding the 8000, and breath testing in general, is that here in Ohio defense attorneys are not permitted to challenge their general reliability due to a split Ohio Supreme Court decision decided in 1984. Without the ability to challenge whether these machines work correctly, Ohio Department of Health can implement new machines, such as the 8000, and not have to concern themselves with whether they work as well as they should…. Hopefully, once these issues come to light in Ohio, ODH and perhaps the Supreme Court will revisit whether their general reliability can be challenged in court when a citizen’s freedom is on the line.  That said, the 8000 presents many unique problems for the prosecution to get these results into evidence, and I look forward to challenging these results not only on ODH grounds, but under Due Process rights as well.”

Read the Columbus Dispatch article here.

Attorneys Scott Florin and Jeremy Heck successful in appeal of deficient credit card judgment

06.10.2010 in Consumer Law

First Resolution Investment Corporation failed to provide appropriate evidence…

First Resolution Investment Corporation failed to provide appropriate evidence and the judgment rendered was overturned.

Attorneys Scott Florin and Jeremy Heck successfully appealed a judgment entered in the Franklin County Municipal Court. In the case, the plaintiff corporation filed suit against the debtor alleging that he had defaulted on his credit card agreement with a bank. The plaintiff corporation averred that it had purchased the obligation that the defendant owed to the bank and it sought from him $2,031.72 that it claimed was due on his account. The trial court granted summary judgment in the plaintiff’s favor.  The appellate court concluded that because the plaintiff had failed to provide any Civ.R. 56(C) evidence establishing the absence of a genuine issue of material fact and its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, the trial court had erred in granting summary judgment. Further, the plaintiff had attached 18 monthly account statements to its motion for summary judgment. Also, the debtor conceded that if the plaintiff had attached the account statements to its complaint, it would have complied with Civ.R. 10(D)(1). Thus, the debtor’s receipt of the account statements alleviated any prejudice that he allegedly suffered by the denial of his motion for a more definite statement. Accordingly, the judgment was reversed.
Link to Decision – http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/10/2010/2010-ohio-4748.pdf
Short name: First Resolution Investment Corp. v. Griffith

Areas of practice: Appellate: Civil, Creditor/Debtor, Procedure

Court: Ohio Court of Appeals – Tenth Appellate District

Date decided: September 30, 2010

Docket number: 10AP-212

Citation: 2010-Ohio-4748

We fight to get your money back from Debt Settlement Companies

01.10.2010 in Consumer Law, Misc, News

Most debt settlement companies are operating illegally in Ohio. If you have ever paid any money to a company to reduce your debt, call the law offices of Luftman, Heck & Associates to see how we can help you get your money back.

Many people in today’s economy are finding it harder and harder to live life the old fashioned way. They rely on credit cards to fill in the gaps where their hard earned paychecks weren’t enough. After accumulating a fair amount of debt, consumers are looking for a way out and don’t know where to turn. Debt settlement companies promise to reduce your debt by working with the creditors to bargain a better deal. What you don’t know about many of these companies is that they are operating illegally in Ohio. Individuals that choose this route end up paying a large upfront fee and an almost unreasonable amount per month, but never receive any relief.

If you have ever paid any money to a debt settlement company to reduce your debts, we may be able to help you fight to get your money back. Call Luftman, Heck & Associates to speak with an attorney today at (614) 224-1500.