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Justices weigh duty of care for house party hosts

May 4, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David posed a graphic hypothetical to an attorney defending a liability suit against a homeowner who hosted a party where a guest died after a fight. David’s scenario encapsulated the justices’ apparent concern over a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in the homeowner’s favor.
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Funding, use of ADR in family law cases varies in courts around state

May 4, 2016
Dave Stafford
Rensselaer lawyer Samantha Joslyn has handled family law cases filed at the Jasper County courthouse and in several surrounding counties in northwest Indiana. She said whether those cases will be mediated depends in large part on the court where the case is filed.
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US Supreme Court ruling affirms class waivers in arbitration clauses

May 4, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In today’s marketplace, consumers have a choice when purchasing such things as cellphones, banking services and even medical procedures. Sign the contract and get the product. Don’t sign the contract and don’t get the product.
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7th Circuit: Company responsible for debts

May 3, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a company and its principals need to pay more than $3.5 million to a company it bought supplies from, even though the purchaser accused the seller of price-gouging.
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E-filing extends to confidential cases

May 3, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana courts announced that parties may now file electronically in confidential case types including adoption, child in need of services, termination of parental rights, and juvenile cases. The change took effect Monday.
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PepsiCo's Quaker sued for not flagging pesticide in oatmeal

May 3, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Consumers in New York, California and Illinois sued PepsiCo Inc.’s Quaker Oats for false advertising, claiming the brand’s signature product contains a possible carcinogen that is not listed as an ingredient.
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Prosecutor: Evidence speaks for 10 LA ‘Grim Sleeper’ victims

May 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Arguments continued Tuesday in the case of a Los Angeles man prosecutors believe is the "Grim Sleeper," charged with 10 deaths of African-American women and suspected in an untold number more.
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J&J faces 1,000 more talc-cancer suits after verdict loss

May 3, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Johnson & Johnson must pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder in the second such trial loss this year.
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Top NY court upholds conviction for illegal knife

May 3, 2016
 Associated Press
New York’s highest court on Tuesday upheld a driver’s conviction for illegal possession for a gravity knife, rejecting arguments that he didn’t know the folding knife he used for work could open with a flick of the wrist.
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Man pleads guilty in drunken driving death of Muncie teen

May 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man has pleaded guilty in a fatal drunk driving case in which he killed a Muncie teenager when he slammed into his motor scooter last summer.
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Ball State police still face excessive force lawsuit

May 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge’s recent ruling means Ball State University will have to settle or defend itself at trial in a two-year-old civil rights lawsuit filed by a hip-hop artist.
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Evansville Judge Kiely honored with freedom award

May 2, 2016
IL Staff
Vanderburgh Circuit Judge David Kiely was honored April 29 by his colleagues on the bench and bar for his work helping to expand problem-solving courts and establish special programs for offenders.
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In a divorce, who gets to keep the family dog?

May 2, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Rudy is a 9-year-old German shorthaired pointer with a regal personality and loving owners who are divorced. The humans in his life agreed to a shared-custody arrangement: Every two weeks, Rudy goes back and forth between their two homes in western Massachusetts.
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Gilead judge re-opens case amid claim Merck scientist lied

May 2, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A federal judge re-opened Merck & Co.’s patent case against Gilead Sciences Inc. over a hepatitis C drug amid claims that an ex-Merck scientist lied to a jury that awarded the company $200 million in damages.
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Developer Alig avoids prison time with plea deal

May 2, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
A prominent Indianapolis developer who pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of securities fraud received a four-year suspended sentence Monday morning and was ordered to repay victims $321,000.
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Supreme Court won't review appeal from POM juices

May 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is leaving in place a court ruling that found advertising claims of the health benefits of POM Wonderful juices were deceptive.
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High court to hear patent fight over adult diapers

May 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States will resolve a patent dispute between companies that make adult diapers.
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Tax court: Fees not subject to utility receipt tax

May 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Tax Court found a utility’s nontaxable connection fees were separated from taxable receipts on its returns and were therefore not subject to Indiana’s utility receipt tax.
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Divided justices deny rehearing asbestos statute of repose case

April 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order declining to rehear a case that ended the statute of repose on prolonged asbestos cases by a 3-2 vote Thursday, with the same justices who voted to end the statute of repose voting against the rehearing.
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Supreme Court won’t block Texas voter ID law for now

April 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.
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Nebraska, Oklahoma join suit to halt Colorado marijuana law

April 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his counterpart in Oklahoma are joining a lawsuit aimed at halting legal marijuana in Colorado.
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Dickson to be honored Friday, his last day on the bench

April 29, 2016
IL Staff
The state's second-longest serving justice will officially retire from the Indiana Supreme Court Friday.
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Bankruptcy filings take further plunge

April 29, 2016
IL Staff
Personal and business bankruptcies nationwide reached the lowest point since 2006, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal courts.
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Pence argues email privacy ruling should apply to him, too

April 29, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence is using a recent Indiana Supreme Court decision to argue that he should not be required to release documents that have been deemed by law to be public records.
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COA: Court order couldn’t disqualify attorney on future cases

April 28, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals declined to decide whether a trial court erred in concluding an ex-city attorney violated the Rules of Professional Conduct when he acted as the lawyer for a defendant in a suit brought by the city.
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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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