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Rogue nurse prompts call to revisit privacy rulings

October 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Noting technology is advancing faster that privacy law, an Indiana Court of Appeals judge is urging the Indiana Supreme Court to revisit precedent regarding invasion of privacy claims.
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Indiana Supreme Court awards adult guardianship grants

October 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Nine agencies across the state have collectively received more than $400,000 from the Indiana Supreme Court to help fund volunteer-based adult guardianship programs.
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Evansville attorneys meet with future ABA president

October 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association president-elect Linda Klein visited with Evansville attorneys Friday to talk about how the national organization can better serve the legal profession.
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Congress passes bill easing small business health law rules

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
Congress approved bipartisan legislation Thursday aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under President Barack Obama's health care law.
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Man who slammed infant to ground charged with murder

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A Jay County man has been formally charged with murder after allegedly slamming his girlfriend's infant child repeatedly against the ground.
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Man sentenced for buying guns in Indiana, selling in Chicago

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A Chicago man convicted of helping to buy more than 40 guns in Indiana and then transporting them for sale on the streets of Chicago has been sentenced to just over three years in prison.
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LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance moves forward in Carmel

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A proposal that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is set to go before the full Carmel City Council after being moved forward by a committee.
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Neither side happy with EPA's new ozone standard

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
The Obama administration set a new national ozone standard Thursday, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness.
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Longest-serving COA judge dies Thursday

October 1, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Patrick D. Sullivan, the longest-serving Indiana Court of Appeals judge in the court’s history, died Thursday after a brief illness, the court announced. He was 83.
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NCAA athletes face long next yard in bid for free-market pay

October 1, 2015
 Bloomberg News
College athletes are heading back to court in pursuit of pay for play one day after a major setback in their quest for a larger share of the multibillion-dollar industry.
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Beer distributor Monarch loses legal battle to also sell liquor

October 1, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal
Indiana’s largest beer distributor has lost a legal battle in its effort to sell liquor in addition to beer and wine.
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Lawsuit continues on railroad crossing accident case

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A woman involved in a fatal car versus train accident in Boone County will be allowed to go to trial on just one of her claims: whether the railroad company failed to provide an unobstructed view at the crossing because of lack of vegetation control.
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Court ordered to reconsider expungement petition

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An illegible handwritten note next to a docket entry in a 1976 conviction is not enough to support the trial court’s decision to deny a man’s expungement petition because he had not paid $37 in court costs. The Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the trial court to reconsider the man’s petition.
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Marion County property assessment reductions upheld

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Tax Court affirmed the decision by the Indiana Board of Tax Review to reduce the total assessed value of six parcels in an Indianapolis shopping center by several million dollars.
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Clark County drug court wrongly jailed 63, order says

September 30, 2015
Dave Stafford
A southern Indiana drug treatment court unjustly jailed scores of program participants for an average time of almost seven weeks. The detentions are detailed in a magistrate judge’s proposed order to certify classes in a federal civil rights lawsuit former drug court participants filed against an ex-judge and other officials.
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Sentence upheld, but restitution order needs a second look

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The man ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to his ex-wife following misdemeanor convictions of invasion of privacy and criminal mischief will get a new hearing on the matter after the Court of Appeals sent the case back to the trial court.
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Appeals court rules NCAA in violation of antitrust laws

September 30, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the NCAA's use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws, but it struck down a plan allowing schools to pay athletes up to $5,000.
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Estate loses on appeal but will get refund

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Tax Court reversed a probate court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of an estate on a claim seeking a refund of nearly $645,000 paid in inheritance tax, but the judge did find the estate is entitled to approximately $58,000 as a refund.
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COA: Case belongs in Tax Court

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A company owner seeking relief from a tax judgment should not have filed in county court, but with the Indiana Tax Court, the Court of Appeals concluded Wednesday. It ordered the case dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.
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Absent agreement, man can't be ordered to pay restitution if not convicted

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man who pleaded guilty to one count of theft for stealing grain, but admitted to stealing from the victim on other occasions, had his restitution amount reduced from nearly $150,000 to just around $28,000.
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COA divided over denial of deposition request

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals was split in a decision Wednesday regarding whether a man on trial for a drug charge should have been allowed to depose two witnesses prior to trial. The judges didn’t agree as to which caselaw is controlling in the matter.
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New prosecutor renders defendant’s request moot

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A defendant’s request to disqualify the entire LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office from his voluntary manslaughter case because several in the office viewed his conversation with his attorney recorded during a police interrogation is moot because there is a new prosecutor in office, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Court: Man participated in meth manufacturing

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man’s conviction in Whitley County for dealing in methamphetamine by manufacturing was upheld by the Court of Appeals Wednesday. There is evidence that the man knowingly or intentionally aided an acquaintance in making methamphetamine in the home the defendant shared with his girlfriend.
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COA splits over terminating parental rights to twins

September 29, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the decision to terminate the parental rights of a mother to her twin daughters based on insufficient evidence, although one judge believed the termination should have been upheld. The court unanimously affirmed the decision to end her parental rights to her son.
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Company’s recordings not considered ‘publication’

September 29, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An Indiana company sued for recording customers’ personal information over the phone without their knowledge did not publish that information as required to trigger a duty to defend by its insurer in a California lawsuit, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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