( Lebanon ) - An Ohio court is taking on a lawsuit challenging a township's practice of holding informal gatherings before official public meetings. The lawsuit says these meetings are illegal because public business is discussed by a trustee majority.

An Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals judge ruled that the lawsuit was dismissed prematurely by a Warren County court. He sent it back to resolve conflicting testimony on whether Clearcreek Township trustees are violating state open meetings law.

Reports say that township officials are defending the practice of having informal gatherings in the administrator's office ahead of the twice-monthly township meetings.