Ohio Supreme Court takes Falfas case

Cedar Fair’s battle with former executive ongoing.
Tom Jackson
Sep 27, 2013

 

The legal feud between Cedar Fair and its former No. 2 executive apparently will drag on for about another year at least.

The Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday it will hear Cedar Fair’s appeal in the company’s ongoing legal dispute with Jacob “Jack” Falfas, the former chief operating officer for the company. Falfas and Cedar Fair parted ways in June 2010.

During a cell phone call between Falfas and Cedar Fair’s then-CEO Dick Kinzel, Falfas either quit — that’s Kinzel’s version — or he was fired, as Falfas contends.

Falfas won a 2-1 arbitration ruling, but he has been battling to collect on that victory in a series of court actions. The amusement park giant apparently decided it could not live with the last legal ruling, an April decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo.

The appeals court ruled 3-0 in April that Cedar Fair must award Falfas back pay and also said Cedar Point must give Falfas his job back. Falfas’ attorney, Richard Panza, estimated Falfas is owed more than $2 million.

Cedar Fair first had to convince the Ohio Supreme Court to take the case, so Wednesday’s ruling clears that initial hurdle.

“We’re pleased that the court decided to review the case,” said Stacy Frole, Cedar Fair’s spokeswoman.

Each side will be given the opportunity to file briefs, and then the justices will listen to arguments, probably in late spring or early summer, with a decision likely in the second half of 2014.

Frole had no comment when asked if Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair’s current CEO, was surprised at being told in a court ruling to take back an executive from the previous administration.

“We are extremely proud of our current management team,” said Frole, noting that Cedar Fair has racked up three years of record results.

Comments

shucks

The transcripts look like Falfas threw a hissy fit and quit .

bondgirlM

He has thrown hissy fits before. This would not be his first.

Julie R.

Another ruling by Roger Binette and the 6th District Court of Appeals that ended up going to the Ohio Supreme Court.

2Timothy1-7

Look for a reversal. Not because necessarily it is the legally correct thing to do, but because the history of financial support by Cedar Fair and its former execs to Supreme Court justices (especially the late Tom Moyer) lets them run the show.

Falfas attorneys (pretty connected themselves) might want to do some competitive intelligence on the money trail including attorney donations

Julie R.

Well, if that true ~ "the history of financial support by Cedar Fair and its former execs to Supreme Court justices (especially the late Tom Moyer) lets them run the show" ~ looks to me like the Erie County courts have finally met their match. One thing for certain ---- I'll bet they won't be flaunting in the face of the Ohio Supreme Court that they don't have to FOLLOW THE LAW like they arrogantly flaunt in the face of the average citizens.

Julie R.

Somebody said once that the Ohio Supreme Court doesn't hear many cases --- maybe only a handful at best.

If that's true, they sure are being kept busy with these cases from Erie County. The Metroparks vs. Huron River Greenway case, Jean Anderson's case against against Vermilion's law director & his Lorain County law for refusing to provide itemized copies of billing statements ...... and now this one.

Should be interesting to see what happens.