Courts

Justices weigh gun store's liability in policeman's shooting

September 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
A gun store’s possible liability for making a straw sale of a handgun that wounded an Indianapolis police officer is a matter of first impression for Indiana and a case watched closely for legal and policy implications nationwide.
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Fight to protect Indiana bat from wind farm renders mixed ruling

September 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana bat has been part of a long-running battle against a proposed 100-turbine wind farm in Ohio. A lawsuit filed in 2013 by the Bloomington-based Conservation Law Center sought to block a permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would have allowed the Buckeye Wind Project to kill the protected species.
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Discipinary Actions - 9/7/16

September 7, 2016
IBJ Staff
Read who's recently been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Indiana attorneys join effort to end judicial backlog

September 6, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
An assistant clinical professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a board member of the Marion County Bar Association will join elected officials and judicial clerks in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in calling upon the U.S. Senate to vote on the backlog of nominees to the federal bench.
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Justices take case on DCS caller confidentiality

September 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the Indiana Department of Child Services may be sued for failing to maintain the confidentiality of a caller who reported suspected child neglect.
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EPA objects to Vertellus Specialties acquisition plan

September 6, 2016
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based chemical company Vertellus Specialties Inc. is at odds with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over whether its proposed sale would provide adequate resources to address environmental cleanup needs at Vertellus-owned sites in Indiana and elsewhere.
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Symposium to look at commercial courts and e-filing

September 6, 2016
IL Staff
A symposium later this month highlighting the Indiana Supreme Court’s work to modernize the judicial branch will provide information about the state’s new commercial courts and e-filing project.
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Lawyer’s fee tally exceeds $100k for dubious Indy skyline photo suits

September 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indiana lawyer and photographer who’s sued hundreds of people alleging copyright infringement has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in fees and costs — most recently in a ruling where a judge essentially described his legal motivation as a shakedown.
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Carlson settles harassment suit against Ailes for $20 million

September 6, 2016
 Associated Press
Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the case that led to the downfall of Fox's chief executive with stunning swiftness this summer.
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Indiana driver accused of hitting horse-drawn buggy, fleeing

September 6, 2016
 Associated Press
A Yorktown man is accused of hitting a horse-drawn buggy with his pickup truck and then fleeing the scene.
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Indiana sees Syrian refugee stream since Pence order blocked

September 6, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
About 150 Syrian refugees have arrived in Indiana in the months since a federal judge scuttled Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order blocking state agencies from helping their resettlement. Refugee assistance groups expect more this year, even as lawyers for the state go before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Sept. 14 to try to have the judge's decision overturned.
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South Bend family questions $18 award for police abuse

September 6, 2016
 Associated Press
The family of a black teenager who was punched and handcuffed by three South Bend police officers then subdued with a stun gun in a case of mistaken identity is questioning why jurors awarded them just $18 in a lawsuit accusing the officers of violating his constitutional rights.
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Another Uber settlement rejected, this time over riders’ fee

September 2, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Uber Technologies Inc. was dealt a second rejection of a legal settlement, this time in a case over claims the company misled riders when it charged them a $1 “safe rides fee” that earned the company almost half a billion dollars.
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Judge rejects Rolling Stone's bid to kill frat's lawsuit

September 2, 2016
 Associated Press
A Virginia judge has denied Rolling Stone magazine's attempt to throw out a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity that was the focus on its now debunked article about a gang rape.
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Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court

September 2, 2016
 Associated Press
A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.
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Former Lake Station mayor admits to wiretapping employees

September 2, 2016
 Associated Press
New court records show that the former mayor of the northwest Indiana city of Lake Station admitted to recording and listening to phone calls of City Hall employees over several years starting in 2011.
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Ex-Subway pitchman in suit: Victim's parents to blame

September 2, 2016
Subway's former pitchman imprisoned for child pornography and sex abuse is arguing in a court filing that the parents of one of his female victims are to blame for what he describes as her "destructive behaviors."
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Justices rule expungements can’t erase civil forfeitures

September 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court held Thursday that Indiana’s second-chance laws that allow expungement of certain criminal convictions do not permit erasure of records of civil forfeitures connected to expunged charges.
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Anderson woman pleads guilty in 12-year-old girl's death

September 2, 2016
 Associated Press
An Anderson woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of a 12-year-old girl who was fatally injured by a lawnmower.
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Supreme Court disbars former clerk-treasurer who stole town funds

September 1, 2016
Even though the attorney who stole town funds while serving as elected clerk-treasurer of the town of Warren Park in Marion County has attempted to address his gambling addiction that caused the theft, the Indiana Supreme Court disbarred the attorney based on his misconduct.
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Indianapolis couple convicted in toddler’s death

September 1, 2016
IL Staff
A Marion County jury convicted a mother and her boyfriend in the death of the mother’s 1-year-old son.
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Court battle heats up between state, Monarch Beverage affiliate

September 1, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The legal battle between the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission and Spirited Sales LLC — an affiliate of Monarch Beverage Co. — is escalating, despite a Marion County judge’s ruling last week that Spirit is entitled to become a liquor wholesaler in the state.
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Order: Strip searches violate religious rights of ‘American Taliban’

September 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has ruled strip searches prior to non-contact visits are a violation of the religious rights of Yahya (John Walker) Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban” who’s housed in the federal prison at Terre Haute. The judge also chided federal authorities who ignored Supreme Court precedent that was on point in the case.
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7 counties now require e-filing

September 1, 2016
IL Staff
E-filing is now mandatory in seven Indiana counties that introduced the practice in their courts earlier this year. Courts in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Madison and Shelby counties now require attorneys file electronically.
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Hinckley to move to mother’s home in Virginia

September 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago will leave a Washington psychiatric hospital to live full-time in Virginia on Sept. 10, his lawyer said Thursday.
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