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Texas Roadhouse brands Indiana chain a trademark rustler, lassos favorable rulings

April 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
Texas Roadhouse has a prime beef with Texas Corral restaurants, claiming in a federal lawsuit that from their look and feel to their logos and building designs, the smaller Indiana-based chain is all hat, no cattle.
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7th Circuit: Title VII includes sexual orientation

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals made history when it ruled in early April that Title VII does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. But whether that opinion becomes the inspiration for other circuits to make similar findings has yet to be seen.
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Indiana judge co-chairs ABA program aiming to increase diversity in judicial chambers

April 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
Law student Diego Wu’s dream job is working as a law clerk in a judge’s chambers, but he never dreamed of what judges told him they look for when they evaluate candidates for those typically one- to two-year positions.
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Questions exist as to whether Clarksville home violates neighborhood covenants

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Summary judgment was prematurely granted to a Clarksville homeowner sued by his neighbors for allegedly violating the neighborhood’s restrictive covenants, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Judicial Nominating Commission preparing for final Supreme Court interviews

April 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
Six of the 11 semifinalists who applied to fill Justice Robert Rucker’s seat after he retires next month sat for their half-hour interviews with Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission Tuesday.
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COA: Parties stipulation shows easement is necessary

April 18, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a dispute between neighbors, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a private property owner had to allow part of his land to be used to give access to a tract of land owned by a business.
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Running low on funds, Vonnegut museum seeks speedy outcome to legal fight

April 18, 2017
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is asking a judge to rule quickly on the legal dispute over its failed move to Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, fearing the not-for-profit could run out of money before the case is resolved.
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Indiana county debates closing satellite courthouses

April 18, 2017
 Associated Press
County government officials in Indiana are considering closing satellite courthouses in three cities.
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Legislators discuss need for ‘people’s voice’ in selecting Marion Superior judges

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Legislators raised several concerns Monday afternoon during the conference committee for House Bill 1036, which establishes merit selection for choosing Marion Superior judges. Several expressed the need to allow the general public to have a say through elections.
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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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Next round of justice interviews begins Tuesday

April 17, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will select the three finalists this week to fill Justice Robert Rucker’s spot on the Indiana Supreme Court. Second-round interviews with the remaining 11 candidates begin Tuesday.
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SCOTUS to hear church-state case

April 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the U.S. Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.
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US Supreme Court rejects bid by detained asylum seekers

April 17, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected an appeal from detained immigrant mothers and their children who claim they will be persecuted if they are returned to their Latin American homelands.
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Gorsuch asks his first questions from Supreme Court bench

April 17, 2017
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch wasn't shy Monday about making his voice heard as he took his seat on the bench for the first time to hear arguments.
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Judge sets June hearing for woman accused of killing 2 kids

April 17, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana judge has set a June hearing on whether a woman accused of killing her two children is fit to stand trial.
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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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Judge to hear arguments against Trump sanctuary city order

April 14, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.
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Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

April 14, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration dropped a lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents on Friday in response to the state's decision to undo its "bathroom bill."
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Zimmer, state get partial judgments from Tax Court

April 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Tax Court has granted summary judgment to both the Indiana Department of Revenue and an in-state manufacturer, holding that the state’s use tax applies to some of the manufacturer’s products that are stored in Indiana, but not to those products used solely for out-of-state work.
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Arguments set for birth certificate appeal

April 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in Indiana’s birth certificate dispute for next month.
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Closing Indiana college faces lawsuit from faculty

April 13, 2017
 Associated Press
Tenured faculty members from a northwest Indiana college that's closing recently filed a lawsuit claiming the college breached its contract with them.
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New Castle Schools negligence case headed to trial

April 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment in case stemming from an altercation in a New Castle career program, finding that genuine issues of material fact remain as to whether the school was negligent.
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Appellate court affirms teenager’s delinquency adjudication

April 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court properly adjudicated an Indianapolis teenager as a delinquent on theft and trespassing charges, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday, holding the court’s true findings were supported by sufficient evidence.
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COA reverses child support modification despite untimely appeal

April 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
Despite a father’s untimely filing of an appeal, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided to reverse a child custody modification order, finding there was an “extraordinarily compelling reason” to consider the father’s case on its merits.
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Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over

April 12, 2017
 Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine settled a University of Virginia administrator's lawsuit over its discredited story about a rape on campus, but its legal fights over the botched article aren't over.
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  1. I have had an ongoing custody case for 6 yrs. I should have been the sole legal custodial parent but was a victim of a vindictive ex and the system biasedly supported him. He is an alcoholic and doesn't even have a license for two yrs now after his 2nd DUI. Fast frwd 6 yrs later my kids are suffering poor nutritional health, psychological issues, failing in school, have NO MD and the GAL could care less, DCS doesn't care. The child isn't getting his ADHD med he needs and will not succeed in life living this way. NO one will HELP our family.I tried for over 6 yrs. The judge called me an idiot for not knowing how to enter evidence and the last hearing was 8 mths ago. That in itself is unjust! The kids want to be with their Mother! They are being alienated from her and fed lies by their Father! I was hit in a car accident 3 yrs ago and am declared handicapped myself. Poor poor way to treat the indigent in Indiana!

  2. The Indiana DOE released the 2015-2016 school grades in Dec 2016 and my local elementary school is a "C" grade school. Look at the MCCSC boundary maps and how all of the most affluent neighborhoods have the best performance. It is no surprise that obtaining residency in the "A" school boundaries cost 1.5 to 3 times as much. As a parent I should have more options than my "C" school without needing to pay the premium to live in the affluent parts of town. If the charter were authorized by a non-religious school the plaintiffs would still be against it because it would still be taking per-pupil money from them. They are hiding behind the guise of religion as a basis for their argument when this is clearly all about money and nothing else.

  3. This is a horrible headline. The article is about challenging the ability of Grace College to serve as an authorizer. 7 Oaks is not a religiously affiliated school

  4. Congratulations to Judge Carmichael for making it to the final three! She is an outstanding Judge and the people of Indiana will benefit tremendously if/when she is chosen.

  5. The headline change to from "religious" to "religious-affiliated" is still inaccurate and terribly misleading.

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