Legal News

COA overturns judgment in favor of credit card debt collector

January 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed judgment in favor of a credit card debt collector after determining that the collector failed to establish that it owned the account it was trying to collect on.
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Former COO of health firm claims discrimination in firing

January 20, 2017
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A former executive at an Indianapolis-based chain of health clinics says he was fired because of his age, race and national origin, and in retaliation because he stood up for one of his female managers.
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Retiring Rucker says he’s no trailblazer, but urges diversity on court

January 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the first African-American to serve on the Indiana Court of Appeals and just the second on the Indiana Supreme Court, retiring Justice Robert Rucker said he doesn’t think of himself as a trailblazer, but he said it’s important the state’s high court look like the population of the state.
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Federal court expected to block Anthem-Cigna deal, report says

January 19, 2017
IBJ Staff
Anthem Inc. on Thursday said it was extending the termination date for its pending $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp.—a deal that is expected to be blocked by a federal judge, according to a new media report.
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Statute of limitations bars medical negligence case

January 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a dermatology appointment left a Marion County woman with facial discoloration that never went away as her doctor said it would, the woman sought damages in a negligence complaint. However, because she failed to prove that she “later learned” that her injury was worse than she thought, the Indiana Court of Appeals held that the woman’s claim cannot proceed in court because it was not timely filed.
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COA: Only property owned prior to final separation can be included in marital pot

January 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Only property that is owned or acquired before the date a dissolution petition is filed in a divorce proceeding can be included in the marital pot, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday in an opinion that overturned a lower court’s decision to include stock options vested after the date of a couple’s final separation in the marital pot.
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COA: Exigent circumstances justified warrantless search

January 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana State Police detective did not violate a man’s constitutional rights when he searched a bag in the man’s vehicle without a warrant because there were exigent circumstances that made the warrantless search reasonable, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday.
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Justices seek to define ‘indisputably’ in K-9 case

January 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
After leading South Bend police officers on a five-minute vehicular chase through city streets, Royce Love eventually stopped his van and was ordered to exit it. Love’s account of what happened next varies significantly from the officers’ account, and that disparity was the main issue the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court sought to resolve when they heard arguments in the case Thursday.
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Rush touts pro bono, partnerships in State of Judiciary

January 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
More than 7,000 Indiana attorneys donated more than 220,000 hours of pro bono service to Hoosiers in need last year, numbers Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush said reflect the state judiciary’s commitment to a collaborative approach to the practice of law.
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COA rejects woman’s claim that accident occurred outside chemical test period

January 18, 2017
A woman who drove drunk into a mobile home causing significant damage lost her appeal Wednesday after arguing the state’s blood draw occurred outside the three-hour window under statute and thus did not prove her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident.
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Attorney General Hill names executive staff

January 18, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced key appointments to fill out his executive staff as he becomes the state’s top lawyer.
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Judges affirm man’s handgun conviction

January 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A Vanderburgh Circuit judge tendered a proper jury instruction on the charge of carrying a handgun without a license, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday in affirming a man’s conviction.
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Obama Supreme Court nominee returning to bench as judge

January 18, 2017
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is putting on his judge's robes again.
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Trial court erred in granting new trial in electrocution estate dispute

January 18, 2017
Dave Stafford
A trial court erred in ordering a new trial after a jury returned a general verdict in favor of the estate of an electrician who wired a barn where a teenager was electrocuted in 2010, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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US Supreme Court hears case over deportations

January 17, 2017
 Associated Press
The Obama administration tried to persuade the Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday to retain a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.
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Trial court abused discretion in ordering indigent juvenile to pay restitution

January 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court erred when it ordered a juvenile delinquent to pay restitution to his theft victim after the court noted in its dispositional order that the juvenile offender was unable to pay, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday.
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Electronic copies of warrants are equal to paper copies

January 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
An electronic version of a signed search warrant is legally considered the equivalent of a paper warrant, the Indiana Court of Appeals has held, so a man’s constitutional rights were not violated when an officer drew his blood after showing him only a photo of a warrant in an email.
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Courts cannot force contact with extended family members other than grandparents

January 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
Courts do not have the authority to force parents to allow their children to have contact with members of their extended family, aside from grandparents, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Tuesday.
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Bankruptcy trustee appears poised to sue former ITT brass

January 16, 2017
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
ITT Educational Services Inc.’s bankruptcy trustee has launched a no-holds-barred investigation into the defunct company’s business practices—a move that appears likely to pave the way for her to sue former officers and directors, including CEO Kevin Modany and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Fitzpatrick.
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BLE members dismissed from suit challenging notice, bar exam constitutionality

January 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has declined to hear a recent law school graduate’s case against the members of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, citing precedent that requires federal courts to abstain to from hearing certain ongoing state proceedings. But the judge did require the state to respond to the plaintiff’s claims that portions of the bar exam are unconstitutional.
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Supreme Court disciplines attorneys for noncompliance

January 16, 2017
IL Staff
Two Indiana attorneys are facing disciplinary measures after failing to comply with various court orders.
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Judge denies injunction to block VA's Crown Hill project

January 16, 2017
IBJ Staff
A federal judge on Friday shot down a legal effort by environmentalists to block development of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery on 15 wooded acres north of Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
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Indiana gets $12.7M in Moody’s inflated-ratings settlement

January 16, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Indiana will receive $12.77 million from Moody’s Corp., which has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
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GOP leaders pledge vape law overhaul, subject of FBI probe

January 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Republican legislative leaders say they want to unwind stiff regulations they imposed on Indiana’s vaping industry, which created a stranglehold on the burgeoning market for one company and prompted an FBI investigation.
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Southern Indiana courts see rise in heroin, meth sentences

January 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Recently released court statistics show a growing percentage of prisoners sentenced for federal drug crimes in southern Indiana are heroin offenders.
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