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Lawsuit: Ellen DeGeneres mocked woman's name for breast joke

June 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A Georgia real estate agent is suing the producer of the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming the comedian mispronounced her name to make a joke about breasts.
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Long-running suit over blocked Indiana strip club dismissed

June 8, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A long-running federal lawsuit challenging a northeastern Indiana city's decision to stop a couple from opening a strip club has come to an end.
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State appeals ruling for deaf litigant denied mediation interpreter

June 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office has appealed a federal court ruling that found a Marion County court discriminated against a deaf man in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rejected his request for an American Sign Language interpreter at a court-ordered mediation session during his child custody case.
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Tax Court upholds $592,000 assessment on lakehouse

June 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Tax Court affirmed an appraisal of $592,000 for a woman’s property, holding the owner appealing the judgment failed to relate her evidence for a lower appraisal to a Jan. 1, 2008, valuation date.
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Merck’s patent win over Gilead reversed over false testimony

June 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Merck & Co.’s $200 million jury verdict against Gilead Sciences Inc. was voided in a patent dispute over a breakthrough for hepatitis C because of misconduct by a witness at the companies’ trial.
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COA affirms $147,000 judgment against smelter manufacturer

June 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a $147,000 judgment against a manufacturer of lead smelters, finding the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it entered default judgment against the company when it did not respond properly to a complaint.
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Judge in Stanford sex assault case called fair, respected

June 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman used to play lacrosse at the school a few miles down the road from his courtroom, where attorneys said that he is respected and fair.
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Slaughter to join Indiana Supreme Court Monday

June 7, 2016
IL Staff
Geoffrey G. Slaughter will be sworn as an Indiana Supreme Court justice next week, the court announced Tuesday. Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush will administer the oath of office Monday in a brief, private ceremony, which will allow Slaughter, formerly a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, to begin deciding cases and handling administrative matters with his colleagues.
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Republicans Zoeller, Walorski slam Trump on judge comments

June 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Two top Indiana Republicans have condemned GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about the impartiality of a Latino federal judge presiding over lawsuits involving Trump University.
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Carmel facing another federal lawsuit for its traffic ordinance

June 7, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
Jason Maraman, who recently won a state lawsuit appealing his traffic ticket from Carmel, filed a new complaint in federal court on Friday. He is accusing the Carmel police officer who pulled him over of giving false testimony and targeting his vehicle for having an out-of-county license plate.
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US justices take death row appeals, Virginia redistricting case

June 6, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States accepted three cases Monday, including two that claim race is a factor.
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High court rejects appeals by Google, Ecuador and musician

June 6, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States won't hear an appeal from Google over a class-action lawsuit filed by advertisers who claim the internet company displayed their ads on "low quality" web sites.
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Justice Thomas may be writing ruling in Puerto Rico debt case

June 6, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Two opinions released Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court hinted that conservative Justice Clarence Thomas is likely to be the author of the decision expected within weeks in a closely watched case affecting Puerto Rico’s financial future.
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Nominations open for Supreme Court teacher workshop

June 6, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush is asking lawyers and judges to nominate teachers for a free one-day workshop focusing on the work of the state’s courts.
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Former Whitestown-based builders charged with $1.2M in fraud

June 6, 2016
IBJ Staff
The co-owners of a Whitestown-based homebuilder that filed for bankruptcy in 2013 have been arrested and charged with theft, corrupt business influence, perjury and forgery, Indiana State Police announced Saturday.
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More than 230 attorneys suspended for CLE, fee noncompliance

June 6, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday released its list of attorneys who have failed to pay attorney registration fees, have not complied with continuing legal education requirements and/or failed to submit Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts certifications.
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Federal judges decide themselves on conflicts of interest

June 6, 2016
 Associated Press
Donald Trump contends the federal judge presiding over a class lawsuit against Trump University has a conflict of interest and must step aside because of his "Mexican heritage." Yet nothing in federal law or codes of judicial conduct requires a judge to withdraw from a case because of his race, ethnicity, gender or other identifying criteria.
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West Lafayette business owner scores victory in Tax Court

June 3, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The owner of two shops that sold books, music and other items, as well as rented movies, got a favorable ruling regarding his adjusted gross income tax owed in the Indiana Tax Court Friday.
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Task force debates putting pre-conviction filings online

June 3, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court’s Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records voted Friday to recommend attorneys and clients have access online to all criminal case filings they are party to after the conviction has been entered, but did not set a date for when that would be available. The task force is considering whether pre-conviction criminal case filings should go online.
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Judge: US women's soccer team bound by no-strike clause

June 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge says the world champion U.S. women's soccer team currently does not have the right to strike to seek improved conditions and wages before the Summer Olympics.
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Federal jury rejects ex-prosecutor's pay bias claims

June 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal jury in Massachusetts has rejected the claims of a former prosecutor in the Suffolk District Attorney's office who alleged she was paid less than male colleagues because of her gender.
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As Koch brothers cling to Madoff cash, a new legal battle arises

June 3, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have made plenty of good business decisions over the years. Placing millions of dollars with Ponzi-scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff may have been one of them.
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Indiana urges judge to reject bid to block new abortion law

June 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for the state of Indiana are urging a federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood's bid to block a new state law mandating that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated.
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Court of Appeals names 7 CLEO interns

June 3, 2016
IL Staff
Seven students from three Indiana law schools have been named 2016 Carr L. Darden Conference for Legal Education Opportunity program interns.
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Justices rule Ed Martin Toyota can relocate to Hamilton County

June 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
Three central Indiana Toyota dealers lost their battle to stop a fourth from moving into their vicinity as the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday they did not have standing to stop the move from happening.
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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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