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Indiana justice applications due next Monday

January 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Those interested in becoming Indiana’s next Supreme Court justice have until noon on Jan. 25 to submit their applications. Justice Brent Dickson is retiring from the court April 29.
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2nd Indiana man faces trial in deadly house explosion

January 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The half brother of a man serving two life sentences in a deadly 2012 Indianapolis house explosion that devastated a subdivision is facing a weekslong trial for his alleged role in the blast, which prosecutors say was a scheme to collect a big insurance payout.
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Rams fans sue team saying move to Los Angeles is betrayal

January 18, 2016
 Bloomberg News
St. Louis Rams fans sued the team a day after the National Football League approved moving the franchise to Los Angeles, claiming owner Stan Kroenke misled them about his intentions.
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Patent ‘death squad’ rules draw US Supreme Court scrutiny

January 18, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court will scrutinize a new system that helps technology companies like Google Inc. and Apple Inc. eliminate troublesome patent disputes without going to court.
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Deadline May 1 for out-of-county jury in Bickford case

January 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Prosecutors and the attorney for a former Indiana University student accused of attacking a Muslim woman have until May 1 to agree on a county to select jurors from for his trial.
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COA: Causation questions remain in med-mal suit

January 15, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A woman initially treated for an aggressive form of cancer, only to later discover she was suffering from a far-less serious form of the disease, can proceed with her lawsuit against a doctor she alleges was negligent in catching her cancer early.
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Employee wellness programs not so voluntary anymore

January 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Dale Arnold, who worked for Wisconsin plastics maker Flambeau, chose not to take his work-sponsored health assessment and biometric screening. The company responded by pulling his insurance coverage.
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Man asks to withdraw guilty plea in Indiana couple's deaths

January 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man asked Thursday to withdraw his guilty plea to a murder charge in the 2013 slayings of a rural Harrison County couple.
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Grocery store sued by estate of woman who was fatally shot

January 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The estate of a 44-year-old woman who was fatally shot while shopping in a northern Indiana grocery store two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the store's chain.
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Edwardsport plant foes finally reach settlement with Duke

January 15, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
The bitterest foes of Duke Energy Corp.’s Edwardsport coal-gasification plant have agreed to drop their objections and join a settlement that would resolve many of the issues over how much ratepayers will be charged.
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7th Circuit affirms denial of disability benefits

January 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
A worker with myriad health complaints failed to persuade the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court’s decision denying him long-term Social Security disability benefits.
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Indy lawyer assisting estate of late NFL player Phillips

January 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis attorney said he will be assisting the family of late former NFL player Lawrence Phillips document brain injuries that might have contributed to his apparent suicide in a California prison this week.
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Rush: Dickson’s last argument to be where Supreme Court began

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
Chief Justice Loretta Rush announced Wednesday in her State of the Judiciary address that the court will hear a case in the historic southern Indiana building at a date to be determined in April. The case will be the final matter Dickson hears before his retirement on April 29.
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Rush sites growth of problem-solving courts during State of Judiciary

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Lawrence County schoolteacher who lost her job after she fell victim to heroin addiction is emblematic of Indiana’s problem-solving courts that Chief Justice Loretta Rush said are helping communities statewide deal with a crippling drug crisis.
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Selby and Ong nominated to fill seats on the federal bench

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
As the two Indiana nominees for a pair of vacancies on the federal bench begin the confirmation process, one Indiana senator is withholding his support of the candidate for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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GM faulty-switch trial begins with claim of deadly cover-up

January 13, 2016
 Bloomberg News
General Motors Co. found a deadly flaw in its ignition switches but chose to keep customers and regulators in the dark for years, a lawyer for an injured postal carrier told jurors in the first trial over the defect.
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Indiana woman reaches $640K settlement in son's jail death

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A southeastern Indiana woman has reached a $640,000 settlement in her wrongful death lawsuit that accused local officials of "callousness or reckless indifference" in her son's death at a county jail.
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Marion County judicial selection now in lawmakers’ lap

January 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A federal appeals court rocked the Marion County court system last fall when it quashed its unusual judicial election process, saying it burdened the right to cast a meaningful vote. Now the court’s fate is in the hands of lawmakers, who will get a crack at replacing the election system the federal judges ruled unconstitutional.
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Young: Federal re-entry programs continue to benefit community

January 13, 2016
One of the longest-standing initiatives in the Southern District is the voluntary Re-entry and Community Help program. Dating back to 2007, REACH gives high-risk clients an opportunity to participate in monthly informal hearings with a team composed of a federal judge, federal public defender, assistant U.S. attorney, and U.S. probation officer.
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Munster cardiologist’s practice faces some 300 medical malpractice complaints

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
The sweeping medical malpractice claims against Dr. Arvind Gandhi and other practitioners at Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana could take years to unwind, and they may change the calculus that sets surcharges physicians pay to the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund.
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Coalition pushes for hate crime legislation

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana is one of five states without a hate crime law on the books.
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Expunged criminal records still may show up and might be required in some cases

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
If you’ve stayed out of trouble for the required number of years, Indiana’s expungement statute will erase your criminal record and give you a clean slate. (Individual results may vary.)
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Married lesbian couples seek birth certificate equality

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Lesbian couples in Indiana are learning the fight for state recognition did not stop with the legalization of same-sex marriage. The battle now has moved to parenthood.
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Ryznar: Grandparent visitation 15 years after Troxel

January 13, 2016
Margaret Ryznar
Given continued high levels of divorce and out-of-wedlock births, the role of grandparents continues to be an important source of stability in some families. Thus, in 2015, grandparent visitation made several appearances on the Indiana court dockets.
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Former Indiana justice, assistant U.S. attorney nominated for federal bench vacancies

January 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
President Barack Obama has announced his nominations for two federal judicial openings in Indiana.
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