Legal News

7th Circuit orders Lilly to reinstate ex-employee’s disability benefits

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Eli Lilly and Co. must reinstate disability benefits to its former human resources director after a divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found insufficient evidence to support the company’s argument that the former director could still work despite her fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Supreme Court reprimands attorney for falsifying hours worked

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimand an Indianapolis attorney accused of falsifying the time he spent working on cases in official claims for attorney fees.
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Senior judge appointed part time to Pulaski Superior Court

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
A Pulaski County senior judge has been appointed to replace a former Superior Court judge in the county on a part-time basis as the search for the judge’s permanent replacement continues.
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Supreme Court authorizes cameras in courtrooms for National Adoption Day

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has once again authorized the use of cameras and recording devices in Indiana’s courtrooms to celebrate National Adoption Day proceedings this fall.
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Appeal: Commercial court, without notice, idled worker

May 18, 2017
Dave Stafford
One of the first appeals from an Indiana Commercial Court alleges the specialized docket touted as a speedier, more efficient means of resolving complex business disputes operated in secret to keep a glass-industry engineer out of a job in his profession for a year.
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Justices weigh whether negligent hiring claim allowed against Pizza Hut

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
In its first oral arguments as a temporarily four-person bench, the Indiana Supreme Court considered Thursday whether the plaintiff in a wrongful death case can bring employment-based claims against an employer if the employer has admitted the employee involved in the death was acting in the scope of their employment.
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IDEM whistleblower makes argument to Indiana Supreme Court

May 18, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A former employee of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management appeared in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom Thursday arguing her right to bring a complaint against the state under the whistleblower provision of the Indiana False Claims Act.
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Richard rule’ questioned during oral arguments in 4th Amendment case

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether a ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals that allows police to search a passenger in a car after a police dog alerts to drugs being in the vehicle goes too far.
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Judge dismisses claims against hospital in discovery dispute

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has dismissed a man’s claims in a complaint accusing the Indiana Supreme Court, a hospital and the chair of a medical review panel of violating his due process rights. The judge found that federal precedent and a failure to state a claim barred the man’s claims against the hospital.
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Planned Parenthood challenging new Indiana abortion parental consent law

May 18, 2017
IL Staff
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has filed a lawsuit challenging portions of Senate Enrolled Act 404, which in part requires unemancipated minors to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian before being allowed to have an abortion.
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Verdict slip in meningitis outbreak trial creates confusion

May 18, 2017
 Associated Press
People who lost loved ones in a fungal meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids were stunned when a pharmacy executive was acquitted of murder charges in 25 deaths, and some legal experts are questioning whether the vote by the jury was unanimous, as required in federal criminal trials.
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Ruling for doctor reversed in inmate’s gluten-free diet suit

May 17, 2017
IL Staff
A doctor made “misleading, inaccurate, and perhaps even false statements” in an inmate’s lawsuit that alleges the doctor intentionally failed to provide a medically prescribed gluten-free diet, a northern Indiana federal judge has ruled.
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Whitestown suing wastewater utility for $2.5 million

May 17, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
A Boone County community is claiming the wastewater division of Citizens Energy Group owes it more than $2.5 million.
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Public defender accused of harassing ex-girlfriend suspended

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana public defender accused of repeatedly harassing his ex-girlfriend has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana for at least one year.
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Duke Energy plans to close coal ash ponds in Indiana

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Duke Energy is planning to close coal ash ponds in Indiana because of new federal environmental regulations.
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Indiana officer plans insanity defense in hit-and-run crash

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Court records show a suspended Lake County, Indiana, sheriff's officer charged in a hit-and-run crash after last year's Gary Air Show plans an insanity defense.
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Rucker retires after 26 years on appellate bench

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
Ask a member of the Indiana judiciary to describe former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, and you’ll get answers such as “empathetic” or “compassionate.” And those who sat on either side of Rucker during his nearly 18 years on the state’s highest bench say the now-retired justice never let his sense of humanity outweigh the rule of law.
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Indiana women trial lawyers preparing for Congressional push

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A contingent of Indiana female trial lawyers will head to Washington, D.C., this month to participate in the 20th anniversary of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus lobby day.
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Kagan: Supreme Court did ‘pretty darn well’ with just 8 justices

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
During the 419 days the Supreme Court operated with an even number on the bench, the eight justices worked to find common ground so the court could issue majority opinions. Justice Elena Kagan said she and her colleagues learned to keep talking, listening and persuading as well as being open to persuasion.
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Character better predictor of lawyering success, panel says

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although Rebecca Love Kourlis sees more collaboration than in the past, she said the gap between the skills the legal profession needs in today’s market and the attorneys law schools are producing is not only widening but will be difficult for legal education to overcome.
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Law firms increasing emphasis on business development

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
In today’s legal market, it’s not enough for attorneys to be knowledgeable of the law — they must also be knowledgeable in the world of sales.
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Courier deliveries diminishing with e-filing

May 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
Courier services, once vital for law firms, are adapting to e-filing by offering different services.
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Judgment by algorithm

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Risk assessment tools are raising concerns about accuracy and constitutional violations.
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COA affirms 65-year sentence for man who killed officer

May 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Dearborn Circuit Court did not err in imposing a 65-year sentence on a man convicted of felony murder after he shot and killed a deputy sheriff in the line of duty, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday.
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COA orders landowner to comply with local ordinances

May 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the third appellate iteration of a case stemming from violations of Indianapolis environmental ordinances, the Indiana Court of Appeals has found a property owner allowed its tenant to violate the ordinances and ordered the owner to bring the property into compliance.
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