Courts

Man's companion entitled to compensation for services, COA rules

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana probate court correctly allowed a woman’s partial claim for compensation for 14 years of household and medical services to a man she considered a “loving companion,” the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday, finding the woman had rebutted the presumption her services were gratuitous.
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Ex-Evansville police officer convicted of murder appeals to US Supreme Court

May 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A former Evansville police officer serving an 80-year sentence for murder and arson has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn his conviction and order a new trial.
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COA reverses forfeiture against drug offender

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
The state must return funds seized from a man convicted of possession of marijuana after the Indiana Court of Appeals found no proof linking the cash to any drug crimes.
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7th Circuit orders Lilly to reinstate ex-employee’s disability benefits

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Eli Lilly and Co. must reinstate disability benefits to its former human resources director after a divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found insufficient evidence to support the company’s argument that the former director could still work despite her fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Appeal: Commercial court, without notice, idled worker

May 18, 2017
Dave Stafford
One of the first appeals from an Indiana Commercial Court alleges the specialized docket touted as a speedier, more efficient means of resolving complex business disputes operated in secret to keep a glass-industry engineer out of a job in his profession for a year.
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Justices weigh whether negligent hiring claim allowed against Pizza Hut

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
In its first oral arguments as a temporarily four-person bench, the Indiana Supreme Court considered Thursday whether the plaintiff in a wrongful death case can bring employment-based claims against an employer if the employer has admitted the employee involved in the death was acting in the scope of their employment.
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Judge vows to shield jurors in officer's murder retrial

May 18, 2017
 Associated Press
A county judge in Ohio vowed Thursday to shield jurors' identities and prevent distractions during the murder retrial of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist.
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IDEM whistleblower makes argument to Indiana Supreme Court

May 18, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A former employee of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management appeared in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom Thursday arguing her right to bring a complaint against the state under the whistleblower provision of the Indiana False Claims Act.
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Richard rule’ questioned during oral arguments in 4th Amendment case

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether a ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals that allows police to search a passenger in a car after a police dog alerts to drugs being in the vehicle goes too far.
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Judge dismisses claims against hospital in discovery dispute

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has dismissed a man’s claims in a complaint accusing the Indiana Supreme Court, a hospital and the chair of a medical review panel of violating his due process rights. The judge found that federal precedent and a failure to state a claim barred the man’s claims against the hospital.
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Planned Parenthood challenging new Indiana abortion parental consent law

May 18, 2017
IL Staff
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has filed a lawsuit challenging portions of Senate Enrolled Act 404, which in part requires unemancipated minors to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian before being allowed to have an abortion.
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Verdict slip in meningitis outbreak trial creates confusion

May 18, 2017
 Associated Press
People who lost loved ones in a fungal meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids were stunned when a pharmacy executive was acquitted of murder charges in 25 deaths, and some legal experts are questioning whether the vote by the jury was unanimous, as required in federal criminal trials.
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Ruling for doctor reversed in inmate’s gluten-free diet suit

May 17, 2017
IL Staff
A doctor made “misleading, inaccurate, and perhaps even false statements” in an inmate’s lawsuit that alleges the doctor intentionally failed to provide a medically prescribed gluten-free diet, a northern Indiana federal judge has ruled.
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New lawyers advised to remember the oath during their careers

May 17, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana’s newest lawyers were admitted to practice Wednesday at an Indianapolis ceremony where they were advised to “think like a lawyer” and remember the oath they have taken to support and defend the Constitution.
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Indiana man could face life term in college student's death

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend could face life in prison if he's convicted in her killing.
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Public defender accused of harassing ex-girlfriend suspended

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana public defender accused of repeatedly harassing his ex-girlfriend has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana for at least one year.
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Indiana officer plans insanity defense in hit-and-run crash

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Court records show a suspended Lake County, Indiana, sheriff's officer charged in a hit-and-run crash after last year's Gary Air Show plans an insanity defense.
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Rucker retires after 26 years on appellate bench

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
Ask a member of the Indiana judiciary to describe former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, and you’ll get answers such as “empathetic” or “compassionate.” And those who sat on either side of Rucker during his nearly 18 years on the state’s highest bench say the now-retired justice never let his sense of humanity outweigh the rule of law.
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Disciplinary Actions -5/17/17

May 17, 2017
IL Staff
Read who's been suspended or who has resigned from the bar.
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Courier deliveries diminishing with e-filing

May 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
Courier services, once vital for law firms, are adapting to e-filing by offering different services.
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Judgment by algorithm

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Risk assessment tools are raising concerns about accuracy and constitutional violations.
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COA affirms 65-year sentence for man who killed officer

May 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Dearborn Circuit Court did not err in imposing a 65-year sentence on a man convicted of felony murder after he shot and killed a deputy sheriff in the line of duty, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday.
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COA orders landowner to comply with local ordinances

May 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the third appellate iteration of a case stemming from violations of Indianapolis environmental ordinances, the Indiana Court of Appeals has found a property owner allowed its tenant to violate the ordinances and ordered the owner to bring the property into compliance.
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Car dealer Dreyer & Reinbold facing discrimination suit

May 16, 2017
IBJ Staff
Luxury automobile dealership Dreyer & Reinbold Inc. is facing a federal trial after being sued for discrimination by a former employee who says she was fired because she suffered a stroke.
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Judge: Alabama may keep execution records secret

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Alabama can keep secret its records from recent lethal injections, including documents about an inmate who coughed for the first 13 minutes of the procedure, a judge has ruled.
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