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Federal office: No Hatch Act violations in Dearborn County

July 27, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A federal government office has cleared two Dearborn County officials who’d been accused by the former county attorney of violating federal law that restricts political activity for those involved with federally funded programs.
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President names former deputy sheriff for U.S. Marshal

July 22, 2010
IL Staff
President Barack Obama nominated Myron M. Sutton, a former deputy sheriff in Newton County in 1998-2007, as United States Marshal for the Northern District of Indiana.
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Medicaid applications review policy doesn't violate federal law

July 21, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
An administrative law judge’s refusal to consider evidence of conditions that aren’t disclosed on a Medicaid disability application doesn’t violate federal law and the Due Process Clause, a majority on the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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President nominates Joe Hogsett for U.S. Attorney

July 14, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The White House has chosen Bingham McHale partner Joe Hogsett to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Idea for green tech patents gets mixed reviewsRestricted Content

June 23, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A federal plan to boost green technology innovation by dramatically cutting the patent processing time is drawing mixed reaction from intellectual property attorneys in Indiana as they wonder whether the pilot program will help or hurt their clients.
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Indianapolis law school grad tapped to lead TSA

May 18, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A former Hoosier attorney who graduated from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis is now being tapped for a leading role at the federal agency responsible for strengthening security and screening measures at the nation's airports.
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Law professor not named as recess appointment

March 29, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A Bloomington law professor tapped for a leading Department of Justice job wasn't among those included in recess appointments during the weekend by President Barack Obama, but the administration hopes that she'll soon be considered for a full Senate vote.
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SCOTUS declines death row inmate's appeal

March 8, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The nation's highest court has declined to accept a death row inmate's case, leaving intact an Indiana judge's ruling that OK'd a federal prison policy banning face-to-face interviews with reporters.
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FBI recognizes lawyer for leadership

December 7, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
An attorney received an award from the FBI's Indianapolis Office for her support of the FBI's community outreach efforts and for furthering the agency's mission.
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FBI releases hate crime stats

November 23, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
More than 9,000 offenses in the U.S. in 2008 motivated by bias to particular groups of people were reported to the FBI in 2008, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program that publishes those statistics, the FBI announced today.
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Insurance presents first-impression issue

October 30, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals determined today for the first time that post-retirement health insurance premiums paid by a former employer aren't a marital asset subject to a division.
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Attorney named to EPA

October 28, 2009
IL Staff
An Indianapolis attorney with years of environmental experience has been appointed by the Environmental Protection Agency director to the agency's Office of Air and Radiation.
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President nominates former Indiana attorney

October 16, 2009
Michael Hoskins
President Barack Obama has nominated a former Indiana lawyer as well as a former Indiana representative and gubernatorial candidate for roles in his administration. Both positions must receive Senate confirmation
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National Guard attorney settles with firm

October 1, 2009
Michael Hoskins
An Evansville attorney and Indiana National Guardsman is settling a federal lawsuit against the Indianapolis law firm he previously worked for and sued for wrongfully refusing to re-employ him as a staff attorney when he returned from serving active duty in Iraq.
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Lawsuit alleges city violated Fair Housing Act

October 1, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The United States has filed a lawsuit against the city of Columbus accusing it of violating the Fair Housing Act because it refused to grant a permit to a nonprofit group that wanted to operate a group home for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
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City agrees to comply with Clean Water Act

September 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
Faced with hefty fines of more than $27,000 a day for violating the federal Clean Water Act, the city of Jeffersonville has reached a settlement with the federal and Indiana governments, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Senate hearing Wednesday for nominated lawyer

July 28, 2009
IL Staff
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a full hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the nomination of Indianapolis attorney John R. Fernandez to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Chief justice honored for helping those in need

July 20, 2009
IL Staff
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard received the Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner's Award for Indiana from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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President Obama taps Indianapolis attorney

July 7, 2009
Michael Hoskins
An Indianapolis attorney is President Barack Obama's newest nomination for a key administration post within the Department of Commerce.
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Cinergy trial ends with split verdict

May 20, 2009
Michael Hoskins
A federal jury returned a verdict that a major energy company violated clean-air rules at a coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River in southeast Indiana.
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Second Cinergy trial starts in Indy

May 12, 2009
Michael Hoskins
A second clean-air violation trial is underway in Indianapolis about whether coal-fired power plant modifications triggered a need for new pollution-control equipment at facilities in Indiana and Ohio.
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Professor faces Senate Judiciary Committee

February 26, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington professor Dawn Johnsen faced the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday as part of the nomination process to become the next assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, the office that advises the president on legal matters.
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Court: ALJ's ruling had several errors

February 11, 2009
Jennifer Mehalik
Finding an administrative law judge's decision to deny a woman's claim for disability benefits contained several significant errors, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the District Court's affirmation of the denial and remanded the case to the Social Security Administration.
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Circuit Court: Spreadsheets OK as evidence

January 15, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A Terre Haute company and its president lost an appeal of their convictions and sentence for making materially false statement reports under the Clean Water Act.
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7th Circuit addresses challenges under the RFARestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
7th Circuit adresses for the first time who could bring a challenge to a regulatory flexibility analysis or certification under the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
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