Legal News

Judge approves $227M in FedEx driver suit settlements

May 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
FedEx Corp. will pay more than $227 million to settle some of the long-running lawsuits brought by drivers in Indiana and 18 others states who claim they were undercompensated because the company classified them as independent contractors rather than full-time workers.
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7th Circuit dismisses juvenile’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a juvenile’s appeal of an order that he submit to a psychological examination, finding that the court does not yet have jurisdiction to hear the case.
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Justices affirm life sentences for Richmond Hill mastermind

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The man convicted as the architect of a November 2012 home explosion that left two people dead and dozens of others injured will spend the rest of his life in prison after the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed his murder convictions and life without parole sentences on Tuesday.
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Holcomb to choose next Supreme Court justice from trio of trial court judges

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The three people Gov. Eric Holcomb is considering as the next Indiana Supreme Court justice are a repeat-finalist former Gov. Mike Pence considered for the same position last year; a candidate who is a decade younger than the rest of the court; and a southern Indiana trial court judge elected to the bench as a Democrat.
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Unique Indy merit-selection system replaces voided elections, faces likely challenges

May 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Judges in Indianapolis won’t have to worry about running for election in the future, but they will face up-or-down retention votes under a bill signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb April 27. The system to replace the current one ruled unconstitutional was adopted by lawmakers despite warnings that the new system also is spoiling for a fight in court.
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Study: Millennials want to make partner on own track

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
According to a study recently released by Major Lindsey & Africa and Above the Law, roughly 44 percent of millennial law firm attorneys surveyed said they hope to someday make partner, either at the firm they’re currently with or at another firm. That result came as a surprise to Major Lindsey & Africa partners who, like many older attorneys, bought into the assumption that the law’s youngest employees were exploring options off the traditional partner track.
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Mediators seeing a rise in attorneys arriving unprepared

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The rustling of papers and the sight of attorneys sifting through documents to find information has led Vanessa Lopez Aguilera to conclude attorneys increasingly are arriving unprepared for mediation.
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February bar exam results may indicate ‘new normal’

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The February 2017 bar exam results brought a fresh round of disappointment to the Indiana legal community and a renewed conversation about why the scores keep dropping.
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Pro bono reporting results draw mixed reaction

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The first round of data collected from Indiana’s new pro bono reporting rule invoked opposing reactions among the members of the Coalition for Court Access who recently reviewed the numbers. Some thought the amount of time and money lawyers donated to legal aid was shameful, while others were thrilled with the level of giving.
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At Wabash, 7th Circuit Chief Judge Wood calls for civic engagement

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Despite the current atmosphere where politicians decry activist judges and presidential tweets assail court rulings, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Diane P. Wood is optimistic about the future of the judiciary.
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Lawyers want flexibility in work schedules

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The current trend seems to be law firms offering more flexible work schedules for attorneys who have kids. In 2016, 35.2 percent of U.S. law firms offered full or part-time work-from-home policies for their attorneys, compared to 31.7 percent the previous year, according to the Association of Legal Administrators’ 2016 Compensation and Benefits Survey.
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ILS celebrates 50 years, looks to future of legal services

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The April 22 gala marking the 50th anniversary of Indiana Legal Services Inc. had the feel of a family reunion.
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7th Circuit panel discusses cybersecurity risks to law firms, clients

May 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The session outlined the cybersecurity threats facing law firms today, the steps attorneys can take to protect themselves and their clients from a data breach, and the case law governing a still developing area of practice.
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Eva Kor recommends 7th Circuit help victims to forgive

May 2, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
At the dinner commemorating the 66th annual meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association, Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor asked the federal judges and attorneys to help heal the victims who come into their courts.    
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Trucking company target of several lawsuits

May 2, 2017
IBJ Staff
At least 16 law firms, most of them based in New York City, have issued press releases in recent days saying they have filed lawsuits against an Indianapolis-based trucking company or are investigating doing so.
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Supreme Court hears INDOT case during Rucker’s final oral arguments

May 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
In his last oral arguments on the bench of the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Robert Rucker and three other justices considered the public standing doctrine and the concept of parens patriae as they weighed granting transfer to a case involving a dispute between a state agency and a local municipality.
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Indiana woman pleads guilty in abuse death of daughter, 3

May 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty in her 3-year-old daughter's abuse death and injuries suffered by the girl's older sibling.
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Common Cause, NAACP sue over Marion County early voting

May 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion County’s single location for early voting provides unequal access to the ballot, argues a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Common Cause and the NAACP. Plaintiffs in the case allege Indianapolis’ sole early voting precinct is discriminatory and constitutes voter suppression.
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Indiana appeals order blocking abortion ultrasound mandate

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is appealing a federal ruling that blocks a state mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.
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Education panel says character matters more than scores

May 1, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Bar Association annual meeting and judicial conference started its first round of discussions by talking about a continuing source of anxiety in the legal profession – law school.
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Appeals court won't reconsider net neutrality ruling

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court said Monday it won't reconsider its ruling to uphold the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.
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Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under US housing law

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes.
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Kansas judges back off effort to keep jurors' names secret

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is one of several states where courts don't have to release jurors' names.
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Man convicted in IU student's death appeals 80-year sentence

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A man serving an 80-year prison sentence for the beating death of an Indiana University student is appealing his sentence.
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Holcomb faces deadline on 'sanctuary campus' bill

May 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has just one day left to decide whether he will sign a controversial bill that would prohibit Indiana colleges and universities from adopting “sanctuary campus” policies.
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