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Indiana patent law delaying demand letters

April 20, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
While the passage of House Enrolled Act 1102 has not been met with a lot of noise, it is causing attorneys to think twice before sending a letter asserting patent infringement. Lawyers now have to consider the requirements of patent laws that have bloomed in many states and the potential ramifications of being found in violation.
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Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

April 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices Monday over President Barack Obama's immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.
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Sanders backs bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia

April 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is backing legislation that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Police cleared in Fort Wayne gunman’s shooting death

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has decided two police officers who fatally shot a Fort Wayne man last month won’t face charges because they acted in self-defense.
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Coats, Donnelly ask HUD to adopt new definition of RVs

April 13, 2016
U.S. Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly have asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to adopt a new definition of recreation vehicles they say is clear.
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Immigration opponent to testify before Indiana Senate committee

April 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A Kansas state official who is claiming he wrote parts of Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border is scheduled to testify April 19 before a newly  formed Indiana Senate committee on immigration.
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Senate Judiciary chair Grassley has breakfast with Garland

April 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley had breakfast Tuesday with the man whose elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court he has vowed to block and told him the Senate won't advance his nomination "during this hyper-partisan election year," the lawmaker's office said.
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Lawyer in massive disability fraud case could be released

April 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Eric C. Conn, the Kentucky lawyer accused of conspiring to defraud the government of $600 million in questionable federal disability payments, could be released from jail pending trial.
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Lawyer: IUPUI student labeled 'terrorist' over activism

April 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A lawyer for a Muslim student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis says his client was targeted with derogatory flyers calling her a "terrorist" for her activism in support of Palestine.
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Statehouse rally set to oppose new abortion law

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Opponents of a new Indiana abortion law will rally Saturday at the Statehouse against new restrictions they claim are unprecedented.
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Apple's fight with US over privacy enters a new round

April 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Apple Inc.’s fight over privacy with the U.S. isn’t over yet, even after the government dropped a demand for the company’s help in accessing a California shooter’s iPhone because someone else found a way to crack it.
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Federal judge reaffirms ban on political ‘robocalls’ in Indiana

April 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
Just weeks ahead of Indiana’s presidential primary, a federal judge reaffirmed Indiana’s ban on automated telephone calls for political purposes.
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Grassley at peace with obstructionist stance on high court pick

April 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The Iowa Republican senator who chairs the Judiciary Committee has been at the center of a storm of pressure from the White House, Democrats and grassroots activists across the country to get him to crack and allow the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland to go forward.
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Civil forfeiture defendants file motion to dismiss

April 6, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Defendants in a civil forfeiture complaint lodged earlier this year in Marion Superior Court have filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds the plaintiffs and the court lack standing.
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7th Circuit: State immune from FLSA suit

April 6, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit affirmed that Indiana was immune from a Federal Labor Standards Act lawsuit brought by two Department of Child Services Employees. The court said the state did not give consent for the suit, and thus had 11th Amendment immunity under the U.S. Constitution.
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Cost to shield Indiana lawmakers over emails hits $160,000

April 5, 2016
 Associated Press
The legal fight to shield Indiana lawmakers from having to release email correspondence with lobbying groups has cost taxpayers at least $160,000.
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COA dismisses improperly filed preliminary injunction motion

April 5, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals dismissed a motion for preliminary injunction against the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed by Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation Center and Anthony Alexander after it found PMRC’s motion in the trial court was not procedurally correct.
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Panama lawyers at center of offshore scandal make odd couple

April 5, 2016
 Associated Press
The lawyers at the center of an uproar over the hidden financial dealings of the world's wealthy are an odd pairing of a German-born immigrant and a prize-winning Panamanian novelist whose books sometimes mirror the seedy world of politics he's come across in his work.
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How a spy probe wound up as a child pornography prosecution

April 5, 2016
 Associated Press
At issue in the case is how the government uses evidence derived through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and under what circumstances that information should be made available to defendants, particularly when it winds up repurposed for a routine criminal prosecution that has nothing to do with national security.
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Class-action suit challenges US government's no-fly list

April 5, 2016
 Associated Press
On Tuesday, a Muslim civil rights group filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria on behalf of thousands of Americans who have been placed on the terror watch list. The suit seeks unspecified monetary compensation.
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High school student wants to change Indiana Constitution

April 5, 2016
 Associated Press
As Megan Stoner prepares for high school graduation, she is focused on finding a way to "begin her legacy" by working with legislators to author a bill that would lower the age that people are eligible to run for office from 25 to 21 in the Senate and 21 to 18 in the House of Representatives.
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National group recognizes Indiana for criminal justice reform

April 4, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana is getting a little love on social media Monday for efforts in recent years to reform its criminal justice system. The U.S. Justice Action Network is including the Hoosier state in its national campaign “30 States, 30 Days” to prompt Congress to pass legislation reforming the federal justice system.
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Indiana mandates concussion training for public coaches

April 4, 2016
 Associated Press
New Indiana law requires coaches to complete a course on spotting the symptoms of concussions. Coaches who finish the training will be granted civil immunity from being sued for student injuries.
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Major overhaul to city's zoning code takes effect

April 1, 2016
IBJ Staff
The city’s long-awaited update to its decades-old zoning code, known as Indy Rezone, went into effect on Friday.
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Mississippi governor gets bill allowing denial of service to gays

April 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The Mississippi House is sending Republican Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would let government employees and private businesses cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples who want to marry.
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