Courts

Former IDEM employee’s unlawful termination case can continue

December 29, 2016
Olivia Covington
A former Indiana state employee can continue her case against the Indiana Department of Environmental Management after the Court of Appeals decided Thursday that her unlawful termination complaint stated a claim upon which relief can be granted and that sovereign immunity cannot apply.
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Granddaughter can continue to seek guardianship of grandfather

December 29, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals is allowing a granddaughter to continue seeking guardianship over her grandfather after determining that the trial court erroneously dismissed her guardianship petition.
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COA: Trial court’s erroneous statement did not change terms of plea agreement

December 29, 2016
Olivia Covington
A man convicted of drug-related charges must adhere to the waiver of his right  to appeal his sentence as part of his plea deal after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday that the trial court’s erroneous statement did not change the terms of that agreement.
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Gun evidence admissibility divides Court of Appeals

December 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
In a “he said, she said” case before the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday, the judges were divided on whether admission of a gun into evidence prejudiced a woman’s convictions of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official and her boyfriend’s battery conviction.
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Appeals court finds judge complied with credit-restricted felon statute

December 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
In an issue of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that an Elkhart Superior judge’s advisement to a convicted child molester that she is a credit-restricted felon substantially complied with statute.
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COA upholds dismissal of fired DOT employee’s untimely petition for review

December 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A former employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation, who was fired in 2013, untimely filed his petition for judicial review after he was unsuccessful in his administrative appeals and the trial court correctly dismissed his petition, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Thursday.
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Indiana mother writes she's guilty in children's deaths

December 29, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana woman accused of fatally smothering her two young children told a judge in a handwritten letter that she's guilty and ready to accept life in prison.
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Last of 5 convicted in fatal house explosion is sentenced

December 29, 2016
 Associated Press
A man who was among five people convicted in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion received a three-year prison sentence, with one year suspended Wednesday, becoming the final defendant sentenced for the blast prosecutors said was a plot to claim insurance money.
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New Jersey makes case to US Supreme Court on sports betting

December 28, 2016
 Associated Press
New Jersey's chances of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its effort to legalize sports gambling hinge on how a bedrock constitutional principle is applied.
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Facebook post costs woman chance to pursue lawsuit

December 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A Facebook post has cost a woman her chance at pursuing a civil lawsuit against doctors who misdiagnosed her Lyme disease as multiple sclerosis.
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UVa administrator urges judge to keep Rolling Stone verdict

December 28, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a University of Virginia administrator are urging a federal judge not to overturn a jury's verdict against Rolling Stone magazine for its botched story "A Rape on Campus."
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Ex-Supreme Court employee suing high court for discrimination, retaliation

December 28, 2016
Olivia Covington
A former Indiana Supreme Court employee is suing the state’s highest court for alleged ongoing disability discrimination and retaliatory actions.
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Reopening case after closing arguments was not an abuse of discretion

December 28, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court did not abuse its discretion when it allowed the state to reopen its case against a defendant after closing arguments because the defendant had been forewarned that certain evidence could be admitted if he presented a contrary intent defense, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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COA: Purchase agreement valid, case against company must go to arbitration

December 28, 2016
Olivia Covington
A Kentucky-based houseboat company cannot be forced to refund a deposit to a Henry County couple after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Wednesday that an existing purchase agreement was a valid and binding contract that allowed the company to request arbitration.
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Charges dropped against 2 doctors in painkiller probe

December 28, 2016
 Associated Press
The Wayne County prosecutor has dropped charges against two doctors in an investigation of how drugs were prescribed at an addiction clinic.
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Hogsett pushes ‘bold’ criminal justice reform

December 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
The new jail proposal also emphasizes early intervention, treatment and diversion.
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2016 Year in Review

December 28, 2016
IL Staff
From law school troubles to new court initiatives, take a look back at the top stories in Indiana Lawyer this year.
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Employers, labor lawyers left hanging as judge blocks OT rule

December 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
Companies and the employment lawyers who advise them had, in many cases, worked for months planning to comply with new Department of Labor regulations affecting millions of salaried employees who are exempt from overtime pay. All they know after a judge blocked the rule is that they don’t know what’s next.
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Amid chaos, protective order court aims for calm

December 28, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The St. Joseph County venue handles the fallout from broken and abusive relationships.
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Online registry gives quick access to protection orders

December 28, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In 2010, the registry was enhanced so that victims can be sent a text or email whenever the respondent has been served or the general order is set to expire. Victim notifications sent from the registry total 196,697.
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Indiana’s judicial nominees headed toward disappointment

December 28, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
While Indiana’s two nominees to the federal judiciary have a chance to get a confirmation vote before Inauguration Day, the possibility is extremely slim. The pair likely will find a place in the history books rather than on the bench.
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Indiana Supreme Court looks to a tech future in budget request

December 28, 2016
Olivia Covington
As the Indiana Legislature prepares to outline the state’s priorities when crafting the next biennial budget during the 2017 session, the Indiana Supreme Court is requesting a $3 million boost to support the future of court technology, one of the judiciary’s highest priorities.
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Disciplinary Actions - 12/28/16

December 28, 2016
IL Staff
Read who's recently been suspended or resigned from the bar.
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Lack of expert testimony leads to judgment in favor of Indiana attorney

December 27, 2016
Olivia Covington
The lack of expert testimony in a yearslong bankruptcy case led to the appropriate grant of summary judgment to an Indiana attorney, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday.
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COA holds that arbitration exclusion applies to State Farm case

December 27, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of State Farm Insurance Tuesday, writing that the appellants in the case could not compel arbitration due to an exception in the arbitration agreement it signed with the insurance company.
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