U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Suit takes aim at Indiana religious-affiliated charter schools

April 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Monroe County nonprofit organization has sued the state and a charter school, seeking to block its funding because the group argues that taking tax dollars from public schools for the benefit of private religious institutions violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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Southern District seeking public comment on proposed rule changes

April 17, 2017
IL Staff
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to some of its local rules.
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Therapy trainee’s ADA suit against hospital, Ivy Tech proceeds

April 14, 2017
IL Staff
A lawsuit against Henry County Memorial Hospital and Ivy Tech Community College will proceed after a judge ruled in favor of a woman who claims her termination from a clinical training session violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Vaping law loses again as rejected firm gets license

April 10, 2017
Dave Stafford
A company that sued over Indiana’s unconstitutional vaping and e-cigarette licensing law will get an Indiana permit to manufacture e-liquids, and taxpayers will pick up the company’s legal fees for its trouble, a judge ordered Monday.
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ACLU, Planned Parenthood praise preliminary injunction against abortion law

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Pro-choice advocates are celebrating a “major victory” for a woman’s right to choose Monday after a federal judge blocked a portion of an Indiana abortion regulation that would have required women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure.
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Judge's ruling ends civil suit against former Irwin Union bank officers

April 3, 2017
Susan Orr
An Indianapolis judge has ruled in favor of three former Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co. executives, closing the book on a civil suit that the bank’s bankruptcy trustee originally filed in 2011.
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Federal judge blocks another Indiana abortion regulation

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against an Indiana law requiring women to have ultrasounds at least 18 hours before having an abortion, holding that the regulation places an undue burden on low-income women.
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Man faces withheld evidence again in lawsuit against Indiana

March 29, 2017
 Associated Press
A man whose 1995 conviction was vacated after serving nearly 16 years in prison is facing evidence issues in a lawsuit he filed against the state of Indiana that were similar to those in his case.
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Judicial Conference recommends new judgeship for Indiana’s Southern District

March 15, 2017
IL Staff
A new permanent judgeship for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is among the Judicial Conference of the United States’ recommendations to Congress for the creation of nearly five dozen new judgeships across the country.
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ACLU suing state of Indiana in Lawrenceburg discrimination case

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing the Hoosier state for disability discrimination, the most recent piece of litigation in a lawsuit stemming from a donated piece of land in Lawrenceburg.
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District court tosses transgender man’s name-change suit

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has dismissed a suit brought against former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and other state officials by a transgender man who claims his non-citizen status prohibits him from legally changing his name to match his gender identity.
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Lawsuit challenging forfeiture survives attempt to moot

March 9, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Marion County has failed in its attempt to derail a lawsuit over the state’s civil forfeiture statute by giving the property back to the named plaintiff.
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Southern District celebrates pro bono attorneys

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
After enacting a rule allowing judges to assign pro bono cases to attorneys who frequently practice in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is celebrating a “banner year” for pro bono service.
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Southern District gets caseload help from Wisconsin

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A declared judicial emergency caused by a vacancy on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has sparked a first-of-its kind partnership between the Southern District and its counterpart in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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Southern District to ‘borrow’ judges to ease judicial emergency

February 28, 2017
IL Staff
Two Wisconsin district court judges will begin lending their services to the Hoosier state Wednesday as part of a pilot partnership designed to ease the caseloads of the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, consistently ranked among the 10 busiest federal district courts.
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Black History Month CLE features relationship between Madam CJ Walker, her attorney

February 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
As Sarah Breedlove – better known to the public as Madam C.J. Walker, one of the nation’s first female, black, self-made millionaires – built up her line of haircare products at her Indianapolis factory in the early 20th century, there was always one person by her side to ensure that the I’s of her business were dotted and the T’s were crossed – her attorney, Freeman B. Ransom.  
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Federal judge denies declaratory judgment to former Supreme Court employee

February 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has officially denied declaratory judgment to a former Indiana Supreme Court employee alleging disability discrimination on the part of state judicial leaders.
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Applications being sought for federal judicial, US Attorney vacancies

February 14, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Sen. Todd Young is taking applications for several vacancies in federal court as well as U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal positions.
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Court denies motions attacking jury verdict for worker in wage suit

February 10, 2017
Dave Stafford
A federal judge Thursday rejected motions for judgment in its favor or a new trial by employers who lost a jury trial over unpaid wages to a Terre Haute worker.
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Federal courts offering free CLE for Black History Month

February 1, 2017
IL Staff
The federal courts and other agencies in the Southern District of Indiana are offering a free CLE this month honoring an Indiana legend as part of their annual Black History Month event.
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Judge rules for Teamsters, notes plaintiff’s gambling bills

January 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
The owner of a defunct trucking business who sued an Indianapolis Teamsters local alleging interference with business relationships lost her case, and a judge used his order to point out that money withdrawn from the company’s bank account for gambling sprees occurred at the same time the union alleged its health benefits went unpaid.
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District court declines to stop Supreme Court disciplinary hearing

January 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has declined to intervene in an Indiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding against a northern Indiana attorney who claims he is being discriminated against in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Birth certificate battle headed to 7th Circuit

January 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s battle over who can be listed on a birth certificate is headed for another round with the state filing an appeal of a federal court’s ruling that allows non-birth mothers to be listed on their children’s birth certificates.
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Barker rules ballot photo ban unconstitutional

January 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana law prohibiting voters from taking photos of their ballots for personal use is an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights, a district court judge has decided.
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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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