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Suit challenges constitutionality of RFRA fix, local gay rights laws

December 10, 2015
IBJ Staff, J.K. Wall
The “RFRA fix” passed in April to quell discrimination fears about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is now being challenged as unconstitutional by two organizations that were the most vocal proponents of the original legislation.
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Judge rejects Texas' latest attempt to block Syrian refugees

December 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge Wednesday knocked Texas for offering "largely speculative hearsay" about extremists possibly infiltrating Syrian refugees seeking to resettle in the state, rejecting another attempt by Republican leaders to keep out families fleeing the war-torn country.
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Prosecutors want ban on over-the-counter pseudoephedrine

December 9, 2015
 Associated Press
Prosecutors urged Indiana legislators Wednesday to ban over-the-counter sales of a common cold medicine used to make methamphetamines and stiffen sentences for convicted drug dealers.
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Ex-agent gets 6 years of prison for betrayal in Silk Road probe

December 8, 2015
 Bloomberg News
A government agent who stole $820,000 in bitcoins while investigating an online drug emporium was sentenced to almost six years in prison after a prosecutor said his deceit amounts to a “breathtaking abuse of trust.
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Syrian refugees resettled in resistant Texas, Indiana

December 8, 2015
 Associated Press
Syrian families have been settled in Texas and in Indiana, the groups helping them said Tuesday, defying efforts by the conservative states' governors to stop their arrival.
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IPAC legislative agenda to target meth, heroin-related crime

December 8, 2015
IL Staff
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council will announce legislative goals Wednesday, including targeting serious drug dealers driving increases in meth labs, pharmacy robberies, heroin overdoses and violent crime.
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Northern Indiana prosecutor says he will seek AG nomination

December 7, 2015
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana prosecutor said Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination to be the state's next attorney general.
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Johnson gets 5-year sentence in Indy Land Bank case

December 7, 2015
IBJ Staff
David Johnson, who was found guilty of wire fraud and money laundering as part of the Indy Land Bank scandal, was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Friday by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence.
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Same-sex couples ask for summary judgment in birth certificate complaint

December 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Eight lesbian couples who sued the state for not putting both parents' names on their children’s birth certificates have filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the federal court to prohibit the state from denying the presumption of parenthood to female spouses of women who are artificially inseminated.
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7th Circuit reverses benefits denial; judge chastises process

December 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner had harsh words for the Social Security Disability Office regarding vocational expert testimony: clean up your act.
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Ex-Indiana lawmaker seeks to challenge US Rep. Bucshon

December 7, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney and former state legislator is seeking the southwestern Indiana congressional seat now held by Republican Larry Bucshon.
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City workers lose challenge to law, must quit to take office

December 4, 2015
Dave Stafford
Five Lake County civil servants lost their lawsuit challenging a state law that forbids them from serving in elected office in the same city that employs them.
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150 businesses in group pushing for Indiana LGBT protections

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A large coalition of Indiana businesses is calling on Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled Legislature to put LGBT civil rights protections into state law.
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Rep. Susan Brooks helps put spotlight on civil legal aid

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Civil legal aid providers got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of the formation of a Civil Legal Services Caucus in the U.S. Congress.
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Suit accuses owners of home-repair firm of serial fraud

December 1, 2015
IBJ Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller sued the two owners of Carmel-based Green Frog Restoration Inc. on Tuesday, charging they scammed at least 41 Indianapolis-area residents out of more than $280,000 after one of them conducted similar schemes against Ohio and Kentucky residents.
 
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Justices end Californian’s lawsuit against Austrian railway

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
In their first decision of the term, justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that an American woman's lawsuit could not go forward in U.S. courts.
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High court’s election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
Affirmative action, abortion the Obama health care law and possibly immigration are among big issues that could be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States just months ahead of a presidential campaign season.
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Pence order puts Indiana at center of Syrian refugee issue

November 30, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana could be shaping up as a testing ground for how states deal with Syrian refugees, after Gov. Mike Pence directed state agencies this month to suspend resettlement efforts because of security concerns.
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L-3 Communications sued by US over defective gun sights

November 24, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. government has sued L-3 Communications Corp. for fraud, claiming it knowingly supplied the military and law enforcement with thousands of defective holographic weapon sights that malfunction in hot, cold and humid conditions.
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Lawsuit: Indy used car dealer deceived consumers

November 24, 2015
IBJ Staff
Indianapolis used car dealer Circle City Auto Exchange Inc. and two of its affiliates were sued by the state Monday for allegedly selling “total loss” vehicles to customers without disclosures, charging unfair prices and offering "useless" warranties, the Indiana attorney general's office announced.
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Indiana governor faces lawsuit for blocking Syrian refugees

November 24, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A lawsuit challenging the Indiana governor's decision to stop state agencies from helping resettle Syrian refugees alleges that the action wrongly targets the refugees based on their nationality and violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law.
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Drones, big and small, said to need registration in US plan

November 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Owners of all but the smallest toy drones will have to register them with the U.S. government before the end of the year if the Obama administration adopts proposals issued by a task force it appointed.
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Madoff aides won’t face longer terms as U.S. drops appeal

November 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
U.S. prosecutors dropped their bid to boost the prison terms for five of Bernard Madoff’s ex-employees, who received “merciful” sentences after being convicted of aiding his $17.5 billion fraud.
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Some Indiana cities worry about impact of proposed LGBT bill

November 23, 2015
 Associated Press
Officials in some Indiana cities with ordinances that provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents are worried that a bill lawmakers will consider in the 2016 session could undermine their local authority.
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Obama lawyers ask Supreme Court to revive immigration plan

November 20, 2015
 Bloomberg News
President Barack Obama’s administration moved quickly to seek a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on his plan to shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, setting up the prospect of a politically charged court battle next year.
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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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