MarilynOdendahl

Marilyn Odendahl covers the Indiana General Assembly as well as law schools and bar associations across the state for the Indiana Lawyer. Prior to joining the Indiana Lawyer, she was a reporter for nearly eight years at The Elkhart Truth, in Elkhart, Ind., where she primarily covered business. She holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Louisville.

Recent Articles

COA remands dispute over attorney fees owed to doctor

June 22, 2017
A cardiologist who was denied his request for attorney fees totaling $450,000 will get a second chance to make his argument after the Indiana Court of Appeals found the trial court abused its discretion in awarding nearly $423,000 less.
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Indianapolis tries to halt Carmel’s 96th Street roundabout

June 21, 2017
A planned roundabout at the intersection of 96th Street and Priority Way West Drive may have hit a roadblock with the city of Indianapolis asking a court to stop the city of Carmel from moving forward with the project.
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COA: attorney fees and litigation costs allowed in child’s wrongful death

June 20, 2017
In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the award of attorney fees in a child’s wrongful death case.
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Public outcry may be able to keep offensive trademarks at bay

June 20, 2017
While Monday’s decision from the Supreme Court of the United States that barred the federal government from asserting which names are offensive has been viewed as a victory for the Washington Redskins, a high school in northern Indiana may provide an example of what the eight justices were trying to accomplish.
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Indiana joins ABA’s portal offering free legal advice

June 14, 2017
In recent months, the Indiana resource transitioned from being a stand-alone website that the Indiana Bar Foundation operated to becoming a part of the American Bar Association’s online portal, ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org. Currently, the bar foundation is reintroducing the website — indiana.freelegalanswers.org — to attorneys around the state.
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4 lawyers and a businessman walk into a bar…

June 14, 2017
... and begin distilling, bottling and selling their own artisan liquor.
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Desire for second boat lift not enough to override prior orders

June 13, 2017
The Indiana Court of Appeals swatted away an appeal of a dispute between pier owners, finding previous trial court orders resulting from more than 26 years of litigation over access to a lake clearly stated when a pier’s location can be changed.
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Tax sale purchasers lose as COA tangles over statutory interpretation

June 12, 2017
Likening people who buy property at tax sales to gamblers, an Indiana Court of Appeals panel split over how much due diligence the tax sale statute requires of purchasers but still found the buyers of a cell tower property in Bloomington did not do enough.
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ABA supports Supreme Court review of ‘enemy combatant’

June 2, 2017
A Guantanamo Bay detainee, represented by Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Richard Kammen, has picked up support from the American Bar Association in his challenge to the validity of the military tribunal to try him.
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Title VII sexual orientation cases bubbling in federal courts

June 1, 2017
As the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana continues with its first case allowing a Title VII claim on the basis of sexual orientation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing for an en banc rehearing to consider whether Title VII prohibitions include sexual orientation discrimination.
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