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Many rule changes effective Jan. 1

January 4, 2010
IL Staff
The new year has brought several amendments to Indiana Rules of Court that took effect Jan. 1, 2010.
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Superior judge steps aside because of illness

January 1, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A Grant County judge's illness has forced him from the bench temporarily, and the Indiana Supreme Court has appointed a deputy prosecutor from Marion as judge pro tempore.Grant Superior 2 Judge Randall Lee Johnson filed a petition earlier this week that notified the state's highest court that he was unable to perform Superior Court 2 duties because of illness. While details of his illness aren't outlined by the Supreme Court, Judge Johnson has been experiencing health problems for more than...
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Retired Huntington County judge dies

January 1, 2010
IL Staff
Retired Huntington Circuit Judge Mark A. McIntosh died Feb. 20 in Fort Wayne. Judge McIntosh, 76, served on the Huntington Circuit Court for 22 years before retiring in 2007. Before he became a judge, he worked in private practice. Prior to attending law school, he taught social studies and coached junior varsity basketball at Kendallville High School after he graduated from Michigan State University. He graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1962 and was admitted to the bar...
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Judge denies summary judgment for law firm

January 1, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A federal judge has denied summary judgment for an Indianapolis law firm accused of failing to comply with court-ordered fee processes and charging more than necessary for its work as a receiver. U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney denied Riley Bennett Egloff's motion for summary judgment Friday in Neil Lucas, individually and on behalf of Phonebillit, Inc., as shareholder v. Riley Bennett Egloff, No. 1:07-CV-534. Neil Lucas filed his suit in 2007 accusing the firm of having a conflict of...
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Judges uphold contingent fees award

December 30, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The contingent fee contract a law firm entered into with a city regarding a sewer fee dispute, which ultimately led to the firm collecting nearly 10 times more than the city anticipated, was valid and reasonable, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed today.
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Company filed suit within applicable limitations

December 30, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A construction company's attempt to cast itself in the same class of professionals as attorneys or architects was rejected by the Indiana Court of Appeals today. The appellate court upheld on interlocutory appeal the denial of the company's motion for summary judgment in a breach of contract complaint.
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COA: Firefighter's e-mail didn't harm department

December 22, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A firefighter shouldn't have been fired for his e-mail commenting on the financial situation of the township's fire department because the e-mail didn't impact the effectiveness of the department, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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Marion Superior Law Library changes Dec. 31

December 22, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
The Marion Superior Court Law Library at the City-County Building will officially close Dec. 31, but in early 2010 the reference materials from that library will be relocated to the Central Library branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in downtown Indianapolis.
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Justices split on transfer of noncompete case

December 21, 2009
Michael Hoskins
Two Indiana Supreme Court justices disagreed with their colleagues in not accepting an appeal, finding that a ruling from the state's intermediate appellate court muddled caselaw on medical business and noncompete agreements, and significantly jeopardizes the public's access to medical care.
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Supreme Court rules on police traffic stops

December 21, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court has held that police don't have to verify whether the description of someone driving a vehicle matches the physical description of the registered owner obtained from a license plate check.
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High court to hear challenge to tests admittance

December 21, 2009
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to take the case of a man charged with drunk driving who challenges the admittance of two tests used to prove his intoxication.
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City violated constitution in denying refunds

December 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The city of Indianapolis' refusal to grant some homeowners' requests for a partial refund of Barrett Law assessments violated the Equal Protection Clause, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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COA: Store not a beneficiary of letters of credit

December 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a department store has no rights derived from letters of credit between a bank and the man developing the site for a new store location.
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IJA announces 2009 media, judicial awards

December 18, 2009
IL Staff
The Indiana Judges Association announced today the recipients of the 2009 Commendations for Excellence in Public Information and Education.
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COA rules on re-registration of offenders

December 17, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
Two sex offenders serving or who had completed their 10-year registration period shouldn't have been required to re-register for another 10-year period after being convicted of any other crime, the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded today.
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Circuit certifies question for Supreme Court

December 17, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded an Indiana statute dealing with salvage titles is ambiguous and it should be up to the state's highest court to interpret it.
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Court issues judgment in absentee ballot case

December 16, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Marion Circuit Court has outlined the required procedures for dealing with the county's absentee ballots following a suit that accused the Marion County Election Board of not following statute.
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Nonprofit sues over DCS rate cuts

December 16, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A nonprofit organization made up of agencies that provide services to abused and neglected kids is suing the Indiana Department of Child Services for cutting rates paid to the agencies next year.
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City court judge faces disciplinary charges

December 16, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A city court judge accused in October of theft of court funds is now facing disciplinary charges. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed charges against non-attorney Bicknell City Court Judge David Andrew Moreland.
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Professor testifies about impeachment of judge

December 16, 2009
IL Staff
Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Charles G. Geyh appeared before the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday as a witness in its hearing on the possible impeachment of U.S. District Judge Thomas G. Porteous of New Orleans.
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COA rules on excessive force under ITCA

December 15, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The use of excessive force is not conduct immunized under section 3(8) of the Indiana Tort Claims Act, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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'Fireman's rule' prevents officer from filing suitRestricted Content

December 15, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The "fireman's rule" doesn't allow a professional emergency responder to file a claim for the negligence that creates the emergency to which he or she responds, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld today. As a result of its ruling, the high court unanimously ruled a police officer's complaint against an adult showclub must be dismissed.
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Trial judge's comments spur COA reversal

December 15, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
Because of a trial judge's statements following the conviction of a man for having a gun in a controlled area of an airport, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the conviction for insufficient evidence.
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Appellate court splits on liability of city

December 15, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals split today in deciding whether the city of South Bend should have known putting heavy machinery on an unstable sidewalk would create an unreasonable risk of harm to a brick restorer.
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SCOTUS orders dismissal for Chrysler case

December 14, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The U.S. Supreme Court took a look at Chrysler's bankruptcy, but decided that the issue is moot and remanded it to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions to dismiss the case.
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