Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

Court provides guidance to worker’s comp practice

September 23, 2015
Ann Stewart
These decisions reveal the board’s position on issues before it and provide practice refreshers and guidance to attorneys who practice before the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana.
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DTCI: Insurance Section Roundtable

September 23, 2015
From DTCI
Join the DTCI Insurance Section for a roundtable discussion with Judge Mark Smith of Hendricks County Superior Court and Judge Matthew Kincaid of Boone Superior Court at Tow Yard Brewing Company in Indianapolis at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24.
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DTCI: Paralegal Service Project

September 23, 2015
From DTCI
The DTCI Paralegal Section is organizing support for a 10-member special operations detachment military troop currently stationed overseas. The troop’s biggest wish is for gift cards to pay for Internet service, which they must buy themselves.
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DTCI: Candor toward tribunal trumps attorney-client privilege

September 9, 2015
Jamie Oss
The requirement for candor toward the tribunal is set forth in Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 3.3, and it qualifies the attorney-client privilege.
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DTCI: Public access to police body-cam footage

August 26, 2015
Margaret Christensen, Jessica Whelan
In the wake of several highly publicized police encounters with the public leading to the death of the individuals involved, the debate over public access to police body-camera video is heating up.
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DTCI: Kudos

August 26, 2015
From DTCI
Steven S. Hoar has been elected president of the Evansville Bar Association and Jeffrey Ahlers has been named to "The Best Lawyers in America (2016)"
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DTCI: Use of multidistrict litigation continues to rise

August 12, 2015
Christopher Lee
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is charged with creating new MDLs by consolidating related cases pending in federal courts, transferring new cases to existing MDLs, and remanding old cases to their transferor courts once the transferee courts have completed their work.
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DTCI: Court interprets waiver of subrogation clause

July 29, 2015
William Kelley
A waiver of subrogation clause is a typical — but often overlooked — contract provision in design and construction contracts, especially for parties using standard form contracts, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) forms.
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DTCI: Awards nominations invited

July 29, 2015
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel’s Annual Meeting will be held November 19 - 20 at IU Memorial Union.
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DTCI: Kudos

July 29, 2015
From DTCI
The Employment Law trial team at Lewis Wagner, led by partner Stephanie Cassman, secured a defense verdict last week in a federal race discrimination jury trial.
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DTCI: Sign up now for 22nd annual conference and meeting

July 29, 2015
From DTCI
Join us on November 19 & 20 at the IU Memorial Hall for a jam-packed schedule.
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DTCI: Limiting the use of ‘subject to and without waiving’ objections

July 1, 2015
From DTCI
“Subject to and without waiving these objections” is a common phrase that I am sure most of us have used and encountered in discovery responses. Courts, however, are rejecting the phrase and holding that the responding party has waived any objections that may have been asserted. The reasoning makes sense and should encourage most of us to limit our use of the phrase whether we practice in state or federal court.
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DTCI: Impact and questions from EPA draft study on fracking

June 17, 2015
From DTCI
Just shy of 600 pages with a 28-page executive summary to boot, the EPA report concludes that that the agency was unable to find “evidence that ‘mechanisms’ [identified in the report] have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."
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DTCI: The limits of what’s reasonable

June 3, 2015
From DTCI
This article will analyze the current state of Indiana law and some of the pitfalls that practitioners and employers face when trying to enforce restrictive covenants.
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DTCI: Joint young lawyers cocktail hour

June 3, 2015
From DTCI
On May 14, the young lawyers sections of Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the Marion County Bar Association and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association held a joint networking reception at The Social in Indianapolis.
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DTCI: Why I belong to the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

May 20, 2015
Kevin Tyra
By far, the organization that is the greatest value to me and my practice is the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. I’d like to share with you some of the reasons why.
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DTCI: Defending parallel class actions

May 6, 2015
When tasked with defending parallel class actions in state and federal courts, it will likely be defense counsel’s instinct to concentrate efforts on resolving the nationwide class action.
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DTCI: Rookie Seminar Success

May 6, 2015
From DTCI
Pictures from the recent event held by the Young Lawyers Committee of DTCI.
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'Candid talk' on women in law

April 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
Attorneys Bernadette Catalana and Kelly Odorisi faced jaw-dropping experiences on their paths to success, like being called “cupcake” by a judge, or being told to “act more like a man” when clearly treated differently because of their gender.
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DTCI: Counterpoint: Contingency fees require more scrutiny than ever

April 8, 2015
From DTCI
This article is a response to “Contingency fees still help to provide access to courts,” published as a 25th anniversary feature in last month’s Indiana Lawyer.
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DTCI: What exactly does it mean to be a ‘Hoosier lawyer?’

March 25, 2015
From DTCI
Dictionary.com defines the word Hoosier as follows: 1) a native or inhabitant of Indiana (used as a nickname). 2) (usually lowercase) any awkward, unsophisticated person, especially a rustic.
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DTCI: Stanley v. Walker revisited: Admissibility of discounted Medicare/Medicaid payments as evidence of reasonable value

March 11, 2015
From DTCI
The monumental 2009 Indiana Supreme Court decision in Stanley v. Walker fundamentally changed the way medical expenses are addressed in personal injury litigation. In the years since Stanley, confusion and disagreement have emerged at the intersection of discounted payments and government-paid health benefits.
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DTCI: Best of the blogs

March 11, 2015
From DTCI
Highlights from DTCI member blogs.
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DTCI: Still learning after all these years in practice

February 25, 2015
From DTCI
The practice of law is still exciting and challenging for me, even as I approach my 34th year of practice.
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DTCI: The outlook for telemedicine

February 11, 2015
From DTCI
Wave of the future or malpractice nightmare?
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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