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.

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COA hears arguments in $25M wrongful death verdict

July 27, 2016
In a wrongful death case argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals Tuesday, the panel considered the questions of when are damages too high and when should an appellate court set aside a jury’s verdict?
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Safe Families effort wins favor in Legislature

July 27, 2016
A new law furthers the group’s power of attorney arrangement in order to keep kids out of the child welfare system.
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Associate pay raises also raise eyebrows

July 27, 2016
Key to bringing on new clients and keeping existing ones is talent attorneys. Firms across the country, including in Indiana, are raising associate pay to attract those attorneys.
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New local rule permits judges to assign cases to attorneys

July 27, 2016
Chief Judge Richard Young is confident the new mandatory pro bono rule adopted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will solve problems caused by pro se litigants trying to navigate the federal judiciary.
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Gold medal dreams

July 27, 2016
Hoosier lawyers and law school grads have run, swam and thrown for Olympic trials.
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COA reduces rapist’s sentence by 10 years

July 26, 2016
Although an offender was successful in asserting the trial court erred in merging his sentences and applying an enhancement, he failed to respond to the state’s arguments for remedy which provided just a 10-year reduction to his 90-year aggregate sentence.
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COA: Needles near bottle cap support drug conviction

July 26, 2016
A defendant was unable to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that the evidence was insufficient to conclude that he intended to use the two syringe needles found in his clothes to inject heroin.
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Court rules detention of youth who reported drug justified

July 26, 2016
A probation officer who arrested and detained a middle school student for violating court policy has quasi-judicial immunity against charges of negligence and constitutional violations.
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7th Circuit: Insurer must defend against pill mill lawsuit

July 25, 2016
An insurance company will have to defend its client pharmaceutical distributor in fending off a West Virginia lawsuit seeking restitution for the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
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Marion County judge moves civil forfeiture case forward

July 22, 2016
A case challenging civil forfeitures by Indianapolis police and the prosecutor’s office will be able to move forward after Marion Superior Court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss earlier this week.
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