McNatt v. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 013119 OHCOC, 2018-01256PQ

Docket Nº:2018-01256PQ
Opinion Judge:PATRICK M. MCGRATH JUDGE.
Party Name:VINCE MCNATT Requester v. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES Respondent
Case Date:January 31, 2019
Court:Court of Claims of Ohio
 
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2019-Ohio-475

VINCE MCNATT Requester

v.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES Respondent

No. 2018-01256PQ

Court of Claims of Ohio

January 31, 2019

Sent to S.C. Reporter 2/12/19

ENTRY ADOPTING RECOMMENDATION OF SPECIAL MASTER

PATRICK M. MCGRATH JUDGE.

{¶1} On July 31, 2018, requester Vince McNatt made a public records request for records and information related to a job position within respondent Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Over the next three weeks the parties exchanged correspondence, McNatt made additional requests, and ODJFS provided most of the requested records. On August 16, 2018, ODJFS denied the July 31 request as it pertained to "interview questions [and] responses * * * for all applicants." On September 6, 2018, McNatt filed a complaint under R.C. 2743.75 alleging denial of access to public records in violation of R.C. 149.43(B). On November 9, 2018, ODJFS provided McNatt with the requested records. On November 15, 2018, the court mediator entered a report that the parties had reached an agreement resolving the case, and recommended dismissal pursuant to R.C. 2743.75(E)(1), with court costs to be absorbed by the court.

{¶2} However, on November 20, 2018, McNatt submitted a letter titled "motion for court review decision to include statutory damages." On November 27, 2018, ODJFS filed a response to the motion. On December 6, 2018, McNatt submitted an unlabeled memorandum in support of the motion for damages. Neither the motion for damages nor McNatt's subsequent memorandum included a certificate of service or case caption. Civ.R. 5(B)(4) and Civ.R. 10(A). Thus, these pleadings may not be considered by the court. Civ.R. 5(B)(4). On December 10, 2018, ODJFS filed a motion to dismiss.

{¶3} On January 8, 2019, special master...

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