Stephen Gillers


In this Article, I want to examine Rancman. The court’s treatment of one issue it raised—the question of champerty —is myopic, hostile, and superficial. The resolution of this issue on the facts before the court promotes injustice. The court introduced the issue into the case without the benefit of briefing. The Ohio legislature has since overruled Rancman. There is reason to believe that the Ohio Supreme Court will defer to the legislation, although we cannot know for certain until it addresses the question, as discussed.