Disputes Will Stay Where Project Is Located

Kegler Brown Construction Newsletter

The Ohio General Assembly recently passed H.B. 491 involving jurisdiction. This bill will become effective on March 21, 2001 and makes construction contract provisions requiring jurisdiction in another state unenforceable if the project is located in Ohio. It states that venue is proper where the project is located unless the parties agree otherwise. It also requires Ohio law to be applied to Ohio construction projects. This means a subcontractor or contractor on an Ohio Project will not be forced to litigate against an out-of-state contractor or owner in another state. O.R.C. §4113.62(D).