In oral arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court, a lawyer for the liberal policy group ProgressOhio and two Democratic lawmakers who brought the suit said the law creating JobsOhio contained almost insurmountable legal hurdles.
That included a 90-day window to sue that closed before the office could have had any impact on a potential plaintiff.
“It appears as though nobody has standing if the plaintiffs here do not have standing, and this causes judicial review to evaporate in instances like this,” attorney Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law told the court.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor appeared skeptical: “So you’re saying by virtue of the fact you pulled the trigger (and sued JobsOhio), that gives you standing?”
State attorney Stephen Carney argued plenty of parties had a legitimate right to sue JobsOhio, they just chose not to.