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

Judge awards Conour victims $358K, denies suing creditor

September 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
A family financially victimized by convicted fraudster and former personal-injury and wrongful-death attorney William Conour has received an award of $358,069 in a suit filed by a former Conour creditor.
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Greenwood man charged in $2.7M fraud scheme involving local contractor

September 22, 2016
IBJ Staff
A former project manager for one of the Indianapolis’ largest construction contractors has been charged with mail fraud and making a false tax return.
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US District Court seeks comments on magistrate judge’s reappointment

September 21, 2016
IL Staff
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking comments from members of the bar and the public concerning the reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker, whose current term of office is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2017.
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Indiana woman sues over lack of wheelchair access to concert

September 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman who uses a wheelchair filed a lawsuit Thursday against a southern Indiana school district because the venue for her child's Christmas show isn't wheelchair accessible.
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Transgender Mexican citizen sues Indiana to change name to match gender identity

September 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
A transgender Mexican man with asylum in the United States is suing the state of Indiana for a law that prohibits him from legally changing his name to match his gender identity as a man.
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Lawyer’s fee tally exceeds $100k for dubious Indy skyline photo suits

September 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indiana lawyer and photographer who’s sued hundreds of people alleging copyright infringement has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in fees and costs — most recently in a ruling where a judge essentially described his legal motivation as a shakedown.
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Indiana sees Syrian refugee stream since Pence order blocked

September 6, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
About 150 Syrian refugees have arrived in Indiana in the months since a federal judge scuttled Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order blocking state agencies from helping their resettlement. Refugee assistance groups expect more this year, even as lawyers for the state go before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Sept. 14 to try to have the judge's decision overturned.
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Ex-Subway pitchman in suit: Victim's parents to blame

September 2, 2016
Subway's former pitchman imprisoned for child pornography and sex abuse is arguing in a court filing that the parents of one of his female victims are to blame for what he describes as her "destructive behaviors."
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Lilly, partner lose court fight over testosterone treatment

August 23, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. and its partner cannot stop competitors from selling generic versions of testosterone treatment Axiron, a federal judge in Indianapolis has ruled.
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State fighting birth certificate ruling

August 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Married same-sex female couples who challenged Indiana’s refusal to recognize the non-birth mothers on their children’s birth certificates reiterate that they want to be treated in the same manner as heterosexual couples – no more, no less. The state, which intends to appeal a ruling finding Indiana's paternity statutes to be unconstitutional, is first asking the judge to take another look at her ruling.
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Ex-deputy gets home detention for stealing ammunition

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced a retired Delaware County sheriff's deputy to six months home detention after he pleaded guilty to selling more than $8,000 in county-owned ammunition.
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Judge sets November hearing on Indiana abortion mandate

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge has set a November hearing on Planned Parenthood's bid to block a new Indiana mandate that women undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.
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Judge rejects Durham’s bid to dismiss SEC civil suit

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Ponzi scheme operator Tim Durham has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss the government’s civil action against him and other convicted accomplices.
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Indianapolis woman sues over police dog attack

August 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman is suing Indianapolis police after a department police dog injured her while the animal was chasing a suspect last year.
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Ruling goes against Indiana’s ‘strong public policy’ of enforcing contracts

August 3, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the town of Fortville’s procedure for disputing unpaid water bills that class members’ constitutional rights to procedural due process trump the state’s public policy of enforcing contracts.
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Interactive files federal patent suit against competitor

August 2, 2016
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence Inc. has filed a federal patent lawsuit against Avaya Inc., a competitor with which Interactive Intelligence also had a long-standing patent license agreement.
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Judge keeps sex offender’s voting suit alive

July 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
A registered sex offender’s lawsuit against the Indiana Secretary of State and other parties will proceed, a federal judge ruled Thursday, denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss.
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Federal Bar Update: Southern District’s local rule on indigent appointments

July 27, 2016
John Maley
Although referred to by some as the “mandatory pro bono rule,” in fact the rule is entitled “Representation of Indigent Litigants,” and is multi-faceted.
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Local Rule 87 FAQ

July 27, 2016
IL Staff
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has adopted a new pro bono rule which gives the judges the option of assigning cases to attorneys. Here are some frequently asked questions about the rule.
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Documentary marking federal court bicentennial in Indiana focuses on 3 cases

July 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is preserving stories about three notable cases for an hour-long documentary on the federal courts in Indiana. The film’s release will coincide with the institution’s bicentennial next year.
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New local rule permits judges to assign cases to attorneys

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Chief Judge Richard Young is confident the new mandatory pro bono rule adopted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will solve problems caused by pro se litigants trying to navigate the federal judiciary.
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Court rules detention of youth who reported drug justified

July 26, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A probation officer who arrested and detained a middle school student for violating court policy has quasi-judicial immunity against charges of negligence and constitutional violations.
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Courtroom named in honor of Judge Sarah Evans Barker

July 21, 2016
IL Staff
In recognition of District Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s more than 30 years of service on the federal bench, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has named a courtroom in her honor.
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7th Circuit: Judge should have disqualified herself in sentence challenge

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a federal judge in Indianapolis should have excused herself from hearing a man’s petition regarding his sentence because she was the one who sentenced him while she was a judge in state court. In doing so, the federal appellate court overturned two lines of decisions.
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Southern District mandatory pro bono service to start in October

July 18, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys could be tapped to handle cases under the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s new mandatory pro bono rule before the end of this year.
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