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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown Indianapolis

April 18, 2014
Creating a new criminal justice complex outside of downtown Indianapolis will mean big changes for the Mile Square, and some real estate brokers think the transition will be painful.
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Employee defection sparks battle between brokerages

April 17, 2014
Hylant Group says a former worker in its Carmel offices broke a non-compete agreement and poached clients for his new insurance-brokerage gig in Indianapolis.

 
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Body shops sue insurers, allege push to drive down prices

April 14, 2014
In a federal lawsuit, 14 Indiana shops accuse State Farm Insurance and competitors of extracting “unreasonable and onerous” concessions on vehicle repair costs.
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Councilor: ACLU settlement won't deter panhandling proposal

April 9, 2014
The city of Indianapolis reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over enforcement of its panhandling ordinance, but that won't deter a City-County Council effort to pass a more restrictive law, a councilor said Wednesday morning.
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City recommends GM site for Marion County justice complex

March 13, 2014
The former General Motors stamping plant west of downtown Indianapolis is Mayor Greg Ballard's preferred location for a new criminal justice complex.
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SCOTUS won't hear Internet taxation appeal

December 3, 2013
On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused Monday to wade into a dispute over New York state's taxes on purchases on websites like Amazon.com. IBJ.com has the story
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Local law firm reaps $6.3M in fees from BMV class-action suit

November 20, 2013
A local law firm will receive $6.3 million as part of a class-action lawsuit that accused the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles of overcharging for driver’s licenses.
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Menard-Trump federal trial lays bare celebrity-endorsement business

November 12, 2013
Testimony in the first day of a trial in federal court over a contract dispute between Melania Trump, John Menard and Steve Hilbert also involved former Miss America Katie Stamm, the Kardashian sisters and the former manager of the Menards store in Avon. IBJ has the story.


 
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Feds decline to press charges against former prosecutor Brizzi

October 22, 2013
Federal prosecutors have declined to press criminal charges against former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi after a three-year investigation failed to yield sufficient direct evidence he accepted bribes while in office.
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Lilly scientists stole $55M in secrets, indictment alleges

October 9, 2013
Three former employees of Eli Lilly and Co. allegedly transferred trade secrets that Lilly values at more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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