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Ede v. Atrium South Ob-Gyn, Inc.

Supreme Court of Ohio
642 N.E.2d 365 (1994)


Sheri Ede died following surgery conducted by Dr. George R. Dakoske (defendant), president of Atrium South OB-GYN, Inc. (Atrium) (defendant). Charles Ede (plaintiff), Mrs. Ede's widower, sued Dakoske and Atrium, alleging their negligence caused Mrs. Ede's death. At trial, Dr. Schneider gave expert testimony on Dakoske's behalf. The judge excluded Ede's evidence that the same company insured both Dakoske and Schneider on the grounds that the prejudicial nature of such evidence outweighed its value in proving the insurer coerced Schneider's testimony. The trial ended in judgment for Dakoske and Atrium. On appeal to the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ede argued Schneider's insurance premiums could increase if Dakoske lost his case, and this alone sufficed to make evidence of a common insurer relevant and admissible to show Schneider's bias.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Pfeifer, J.)

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