Leichtman v. WLW Jacor Communications, Inc., 92 Ohio App.3d 232 (1994)

Leichtman was an antismoking advocate who went on the WLW Bill Cunningham radio talk show to share his views about the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke.  Leichtman claims that cigar smoke was intentionally repeatedly blown in his face by a talk show host and that this act constituted battery. The Supreme Court adopted the rule that “contact which is offensive to a reasonable sense of personal dignity is offensive contact” Love v. Port Clinton.   A battery is actionable regardless of monetary damages and this act did constitute a battery.  Who is responsible is in debate as respondent superior must be considered. 

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