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US preparing lawsuits against Anthem, Aetna deals, sources say

July 19, 2016
 Bloomberg News
U.S. antitrust officials are poised to file lawsuits to block Anthem Inc.’s takeover of rival health-insurer Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s deal to buy Humana Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Appeals court says prosecutor manual can stay secret

July 19, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court says the Justice Department does not have to turn over a prosecution training manual to defense attorneys.
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After 10-year legal battle, Zionsville approves Wal-Mart's store plans from 2006

July 19, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
The Zionsville Plan Commission on Monday night unanimously approved Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s 10-year-old proposal to construct a store in one of the area's top retail corridors.
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South Bend releases diversity plan for hiring, promotions

July 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The city of South Bend has released a plan aimed at removing or reducing barriers to diversity and inclusion in hiring, career development and purchasing over the next three years. The plan will also help protect the city from future discrimination lawsuits.
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No charges to be filed against Indiana beer distributor

July 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A special prosecutor says he has found no evidence that one of Indiana's largest beer distributors improperly funneled more than $1.5 million in campaign contributions.
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Treasury corporate-debt rules exceed authority, tax lawyers say

July 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Treasury Department exceeded its authority by proposing wide-ranging regulations intended to curb corporations’ ability to shift their American earnings overseas, tax lawyers told agency officials during a hearing.
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Indiana abuse, neglect deaths up 25 percent in 2014 to 66

July 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says the number of Indiana children who died from abuse or neglect during the 2014 state fiscal year rose by more than 25 percent over the previous year.
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Ginsburg regrets 'ill-advised' criticism of Trump

July 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she regrets her "ill-advised" public criticism of Donald Trump.
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Court ruling opens GM to billions of dollars in death, injury claims

July 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court ruling that General Motors can't use its 2009 bankruptcy to fend off lawsuits over faulty and dangerous ignition switches exposes the automaker to billions of dollars in additional liabilities, according to legal experts.
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Recount starts Thursday for Indiana congressional primary

July 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The recount to confirm the winner of the Democratic primary for southwestern Indiana's congressional seat starts Thursday.
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Indy property management group accused of discriminating against families

July 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Fair housing advocates have filed a complaint with the federal government against Indianapolis-based property management group AMP Residential, alleging the group has “engaged in systemic discrimination against families with children.”
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Indiana high court rejects rehearing in lawmaker emails case

July 13, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to rehear a case that sought to force lawmakers to release their email correspondence with lobbying groups and businesses.
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Asylum seeker from Indiana wins reprieve

July 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Chinese national living in Indiana persuaded the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals he was wrongly denied asylum for his claim that he was severely beaten and left hospitalized for months after he vocally opposed state agents enforcing the country’s one-child policy.
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Abortion bill author got unregistered PAC contribution, highlighting gaps in reporting

July 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
The author of an Indiana anti-abortion law struck down by a federal judge hours before it could take effect July 1 received a primary-eve campaign contribution whose source remains confused. It’s also unclear whether regulators will investigate.
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State's parenthood laws ruled unconstitutional

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana’s married lesbian parents win the right to be listed on their child’s birth certificate.
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Worker health, company headache

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
New EEOC regulations add to the milieu of rules governing company wellness programs.
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Blagojevich resentencing: Judge to mull opposing portraits

July 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to order former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to serve his entire 14-year prison term when he returns to court for resentencing next month. But his attorneys want about nine years lopped off the sentence of the man they say has been a model prisoner who's tutored, taught and counseled fellow inmates while also forming an Elvis-inspired rock band.
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Clinton lawyer: More questions about email server 'futile'

July 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Hillary Clinton's lawyer said in a court filing Tuesday it would be "futile" for a federal judge to order the former secretary of state to answer questions under oath about her use of a private email server.
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Man accused of threatening police before South Bend rally

July 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
Local and federal authorities in South Bend are seeking pre-trial detention of a man accused of making violent Facebook threats aimed at police before a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally that took place Saturday.
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CPLI report highlights ‘crisis’ caused by school discipline practices

July 11, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the current disciplinary practices in Indiana school as creating “a crisis” that is disproportionately impacting African-American students, a new report is offering a framework for involving parents, educators, law enforcement and legislators to improve learning and reduce suspensions and expulsions in classrooms across the state.
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Pacers’ legal tenacity on display in IRS fight

July 11, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
The legal fallout stemming from Melvin Simon’s decision to unload his half of the Indiana Pacers to his brother Herb just a few months before his September 2009 death is getting crazier by the day.
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Astra faces off with FDA on copies of $7 million-a-day drug

July 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
AstraZeneca Plc is making a final push to protect a drug that makes $7 million a day in the U.S. against cheaper copies as pressure mounts on the U.K. drugmaker to meet its own projections of almost doubling revenue.
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No double standard in Clinton probe, FBI director says

July 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Summoned before Congress and aggressively questioned by Republicans, FBI Director James Comey on Thursday strongly defended the government's decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her private email setup. He said there was no evidence that she knew that anything she was doing was against the law or had lied to federal investigators.
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Recount starting in Indiana Democratic congressional primary

July 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Work is starting on a recount to confirm the winner of the Democratic primary for southwestern Indiana's congressional seat.
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Planned Parenthood challenges new pre-abortion ultrasound law

July 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
A new Indiana law requiring women to have an ultrasound 18 hours before an abortion is being challenged in court by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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