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Car dealer Dreyer & Reinbold facing discrimination suit

May 16, 2017
IBJ Staff
Luxury automobile dealership Dreyer & Reinbold Inc. is facing a federal trial after being sued for discrimination by a former employee who says she was fired because she suffered a stroke.
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Judge: Alabama may keep execution records secret

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Alabama can keep secret its records from recent lethal injections, including documents about an inmate who coughed for the first 13 minutes of the procedure, a judge has ruled.
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Conan jokes may have killed, but he stands accused of theft

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press
What do Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument have in common? They’re all subjects of punchlines Conan O’Brien is accused of ripping off — and that’s no joke. O’Brien lost an effort to toss out a federal copyright infringement lawsuit in San Diego last week, potentially setting up a novel trial over comic creativity and the value of laughter.
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Supreme Court order unlikely to deter voting restrictions

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to breathe new life into North Carolina’s sweeping voter identification law might be just a temporary victory for civil rights groups.
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Jury acquits Indianapolis doctor charged in patients' deaths

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A former Indianapolis doctor has been found not guilty of all charges in the deaths of three people whom prosecutors said overdosed on painkillers that he prescribed.
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Travel ban judges scrutinize Trump's Muslim statements

May 15, 2017
 Associated Press
Federal judges on Monday peppered a lawyer for President Donald Trump with questions about whether the administration's travel ban discriminates against Muslims and zeroed in on the president's campaign statements, the second time in a week the rhetoric has faced judicial scrutiny.
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Prisoner’s suit after Chanukah observation denial may proceed

May 15, 2017
IL Staff
A pro se Indiana inmate may proceed with his federal lawsuit claiming his First Amendment rights were violated when prison staff denied his requests to observe Chanukah with a menorah and use of the chapel at Westville Correctional Facility.
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IU McKinney to host ‘Salute to Justice Rucker’

May 15, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will celebrate now-retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker’s legacy in the Indiana judiciary during a special program at the law school next week.
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COA to hear oral arguments in Bloomington this week

May 15, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals is headed to Bloomington this week to hear oral arguments in a case involving a question of duty of care to a construction worker injured while working on an Indiana University construction project.
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High court backs bids to collect outdated debt in bankruptcy

May 15, 2017
 Bloomberg News
A divided U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that debt collectors can use bankruptcy proceedings to try to collect liabilities that are so old the statute of limitations has expired.
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Ex-gymnast: Sex assault by Michigan doctor was 'humiliating'

May 15, 2017
 Associated Press
A former gymnast testified Friday that she turned to a prominent Michigan sports doctor for treatment of back problems as a teenager, but instead was repeatedly molested. The woman said the assaults have haunted her for nearly two decades and had a lasting impact on every aspect of her life.
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Long court fight possible over planned 2M hen farm

May 15, 2017
 Associated Press
An attorney says it could take a year to resolve a lawsuit by residents seeking to stop a proposed egg farm that could have up to 2 million hens in rural southwestern Indiana.
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Fraud, forgery trial delayed for Muncie pain clinic doctor

May 15, 2017
 Associated Press
The trial has been delayed for a Muncie pain clinic doctor accused of fraud, forgery and drug counts.
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COA to hear legal malpractice appeal

May 12, 2017
IL Staff
A woman who lost her legal malpractice case against a law firm she said failed to timely bring negligence and wrongful death claims against the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office will have her day before the Indiana Court of Appeals next week.
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Supreme Court to hear whistleblower case against IDEM

May 12, 2017
IL Staff
A former state employee who claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on questionable payment practices in the Indiana Department of Environment Management will bring her case before the Indiana Supreme Court next week, when she will urge the justices to allow her complaint against the state agency to continue.
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Symphony denies wrongdoing by conductor Urbanski, leadership

May 12, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is defending its conductor and leaders, describing claims of age discrimination and harassment made by a tenured musician as “outlandish” and “baseless.”
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Man uses plastic bat to defend son from goose, gets ticket

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose.
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Anthem abandons battle for Cigna after court deals blow to deal

May 12, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc.’s nearly two-year effort to buy rival insurer Cigna Corp. is officially dead.
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Trump: Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of talks

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump, in a warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation.
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ACLU slams, prosecutors welcome Sessions' call for tougher charges

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "repeating a failed experiment" by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.
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Doctor suspended for sex with patient sues over board minutes

May 12, 2017
John Russell
An Indianapolis doctor whose license was suspended after he admitted to having a five-year sexual relationship with a patient says he has been libeled by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for how it recorded the matter in its official minutes.
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Supreme Court updates rules for ‘Notice of Defect’ responses

May 11, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has updated the state’s appellate rules governing how attorneys and litigants must respond when the clerk of the state’s appellate courts return their timely filed documents that do not comply with Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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7th Circuit allows inmate’s due process claim to continue

May 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment against a federal inmate on his constitutional due process claims, finding that the reviews of his prolonged stay in solitary confinement may not pass constitutional muster.
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Company must face fired worker’s religion discrimination claim

May 11, 2017
Dave StaffordMore

Rape charge against Indiana man dismissed after DNA testing

May 11, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana man won't stand trial for a second time on rape and criminal deviate conduct charges filed a quarter-century ago.
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