COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 28, 2018 – Isaac Wiles is pleased to announce the Tenth District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of its client, the Ohio Board of Education, in the case against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).
The Isaac Wiles team, comprised of attorneys Mark Landes, Brian Zets, Mark Weaver, and Mike Close, litigated the case since its initial filing on June 14, 2017. The filing came on the heels of the vote of the Board of Education (BOE) to recover $60 million that ECOT received from the state of Ohio.
The Isaac Wiles team first moved to protect BOE members from subpoenas and depositions about their individual decision and drafted a successful Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings against ECOT. Following the trial court’s ruling in favor of the BOE, ECOT appealed to the Tenth District Court of Appeals. In the Decision filed yesterday, the court of appeals held that BOE properly voted to claw back $60 million of taxpayer money from ECOT. Among other complaints, ECOT had claimed the BOE meeting was not lawful because it did not comply with Ohio’s Open Meeting Act. The Isaac Wiles litigation team argued successfully that because the BOE was engaged in a quasi-judicial function, acting similar to a judge, the BOE was exempt from the Open Meetings Act. The Court of Appeals agreed, 3-0, with trial court Judge Guy Reece and the BOE.
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