The Supreme Court of Ohio has accepted OEC’s appeal in the Lake Erie shoreline case, Merrill v. Ohio. The case is an important one because its resolution will determine the meaning of the “Public Trust Doctrine,” and whether Ohio citizens have access to the Lake Erie shoreline. The OEC, and fellow intervenor the National Wildlife Federation, will begin preparing briefs addressing the property law issues in the case.
Additionally, the court denied a joint motion to strike the amici curiae brief of the Ohio Bass Federation and five other sportsmen’s and conservation organizations. Those organizations filed a friend of the court brief addressing the appeals court’s decision to remove the Ohio Attorney General from the appeal. Several parties, excluding the OEC, NWF, and the Ohio Attorney General, filed the motion to strike in hopes of preventing the amici curiae brief from being considered by the justices.