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7th Circuit: Drivers not entitled to ‘special services’ profit

June 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
Truck drivers are not entitled to profits from any “special services” a company they drive for provides, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Wednesday, because the language supporting such a claim isn’t in the contract.
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SCOTUS denies cert to Kansas attorney seeking to practice in Indiana

June 1, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The third time wasn’t the charm for a Kansas attorney who wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to take his lawsuit challenging Indiana’s decision to not admit him to practice. The nation’s highest court denied his writ for certiorari for the third time Tuesday.
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Indianapolis jeweler faces $2.4M suit over store

June 1, 2016
Jeff Newman, IBJ Staff
Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Inc., one of Indianapolis' best-known jewelry stores, has been sued by Wells Fargo Bank for allegedly defaulting on a $2.3 million mortgage on its Clearwater Crossing store.
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Indiana in minority on how it handles Supreme Court ties

June 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
Indiana is in the minority when it comes to handling state Supreme Court ties, according to a recent article by a Texas Supreme Court justice.
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Justices: Divorced parents don't have to pay graduate school costs for their children

June 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
In a unanimous decision, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled divorced parents cannot be obligated to pay the graduate or professional school expenses of their adult children in a case where a mother and father were forced to share a child’s dental school expenses after she completed her undergraduate degree.
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Dell shareholders win hollow court victory over buyout price

June 1, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Dell Inc. shareholders who thought they were fleeced by the deal that took the computer maker private in 2013 have scored a rare — though hollow — legal victory.
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Trump says he’ll win lawsuit over his real estate school

June 1, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Donald J. Trump claimed he’ll win a lawsuit alleging his namesake real-estate school swindled students as documents unsealed in a related racketeering case showed the hard sell given hesitant prospects.
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State Farm gets US high court hearing in Katrina billing case

June 1, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The case tests the U.S. False Claims Act, the law that lets whistle-blowers sue on behalf of the federal government and then collect a share of any funds recovered.
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Children's asylum approvals vary by US region

June 1, 2016
 Associated Press
For unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., where they apply seems to make a world of difference.
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Federal Bar Update: Southern District’s proposed local rule on court appointments

June 1, 2016
John Maley
As an active participant in drafting and review of the Local Rule, this author has observed first-hand the careful, thoughtful and patient consideration by the court of the clear need for more lawyers to take on more pro bono cases in the court, and the balance of limits on an individual lawyer’s time and resources to take on these cases.
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Darryl Pinkins’ freedom a long, emotional battle for IU professor, students

June 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
Darryl Pinkins walked out of prison a free man in April after almost 25 years, exonerated in a heinous 1989 rape by advances in DNA forensics. But before the science could free him, Pinkins needed someone to believe in his innocence.
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Judge’s actions move IBM case back to Supreme Court

June 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
There appears to be no end in sight to the ‘extraordinary’ canceled welfare contract lawsuit involving the state and IBM.
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COA questions evidence in Patel feticide conviction

June 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently heard arguments in a case that could impact any pregnant woman whose actions result in the death of her unborn child.
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Disciplinary Actions - 6/1/16

June 1, 2016
IL Staff
Read who's recently been disbarred, suspended or reinstated by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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COA: Mother justified in deciding not to work as doctor

May 31, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
In a child support case in which a man challenged the decision by his son’s mother to quit her job as a doctor to stay at home with her children, the Indiana Court of Appeals found she had just cause to do so based on the sons’ special needs.
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Suspended attorney’s UPL convictions upheld

May 31, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a suspended Elkhart attorney’s convictions of practicing law by a non-attorney after ruling there is sufficient evidence he continued to provide legal work after he was disciplined by the Indiana Supreme Court two years ago.
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Division of judgment in failed care facility financing affirmed

May 31, 2016
Dave Stafford
A former Indiana lawmaker and his business partners must pay a pro rata share of a deficiency judgment over defaulted financing for a rehabilitation care facility in Liberty, Indiana, the Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday.
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Although unlicensed in county, contractor still owed for work

May 31, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a contractor violated the Home Improvement Contracts Act when he misled a family into thinking he was locally licensed and voided the contract between the two. However, the court said he should still be paid for the work he did because the family would be unjustly enriched if he was not paid.
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Commercial court pilot program starts Wednesday

May 31, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Indiana will become the 23rd state to adopt commercial courts through a three-year pilot program that will allow most business-related court cases to be fast-tracked through the legal system.
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Contract’s ambiguities win homeowners a reversal

May 31, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Owners of a shabbily built house will get another chance to hold their architects accountable for the construction headaches after the Indiana Court of Appeals found there are questions of material fact that should be considered.
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COA affirms child care worker’s convictions of sex with minors

May 31, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Putnam County man convicted of multiple counts of sex with minors under his care failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that evidence against him was improperly admitted in his bench trial.
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Stepfather who proved paternity can’t deprive ex of joint custody

May 31, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man who fathered a child while the mother was married to another man lost his appeal Tuesday that sought relief from a court order concerning the child's custody.
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Judge: Court discriminated against deaf man by denying mediation interpreter

May 31, 2016
Dave Stafford
A deaf Indianapolis man was discriminated against when a court denied providing him an interpreter during a mediation session ordered in his child custody case. A federal judge ruled Friday that Marion Superior Court’s decision to deny the interpreter in a court-funded mediation program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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7th Circuit: Probationary phone records are admissible evidence

May 31, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled evidence of a deceased man’s phone numbers provided to his probation officer is not inadmissible hearsay and those records should be included in another man’s criminal case.
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Judge orders release of documents in Trump University suit

May 31, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A federal judge with connections to Indiana is ordering the release of Trump University internal documents in a class-action lawsuit against the now-defunct real estate school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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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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