Congress

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.
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3 Hoosiers joining ABA advocacy effort

April 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Three Indiana lawyers will be part of an American Bar Association delegation headed to Washington, D.C., next week to connect with lawmakers and discuss key legal issues.
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Data privacy attorneys consider future of consumer protections

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
A rule designed to provide internet users with an extra layer of control over their web use history is dead before it ever fully came to life, but data privacy law experts say there’s little reason for consumers to panic.
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Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling after reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of the House intelligence committee.
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Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
For years, family members of those killed on Sept. 11 and insurance companies tried unsuccessfully through the courts to hold Saudi Arabia or businesses and organizations there responsible for the terrorist attacks. Now that Congress has cleared the way, they're making a fresh effort.
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Democratic leader Schumer vows filibuster of Gorsuch nomination

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.
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Bill in Congress targets class actions

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
Trial lawyers contend the legislation would gut court access; defense attorneys say reforms are overdue.
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Justices won’t hear Menendez appeal in corruption case

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s appeal of his corruption indictment, setting the stage for a federal trial in the fall.
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GOP chairman praises Gorsuch pick as confirmation opens

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee praised President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick on Monday for an “unfailing commitment” to the principle of separation of powers, as Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing got underway.
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Young wants to fill Indiana seats on federal courts quickly

March 15, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
With the deadline passed to apply for openings in the federal courts in Indiana, Sen. Todd Young’s office says it wants to move quickly to select candidates to fill the positions.
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US House passes bill to restrict legal claims against companies

March 10, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. House has approved a bill that would make it harder for individuals or groups to bring legal claims against companies in consumer disputes, employment discrimination cases and other areas.
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Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.
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Attorneys trying to stay apprised, advise clients as Congress weighs health care reform

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Affordable Care Act brought a sea change to the health care industry, and whatever replaces it is expected to bring another. Attorneys practicing health care law or with clients greatly impacted by the rules and regulations of the ACA are scrambling to stay afloat.
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Senate hearings for Supreme Court pick to begin March 20

February 16, 2017
 Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on March 20.
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Geyh, testifying for judicial reform, warns of Trump’s criticism

February 15, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Charles Geyh testified in favor of several federal court reforms Tuesday before a congressional panel on the judiciary. He also used the opportunity to warn that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric threatened to undermine confidence and independence in the judicial branch.
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Applications being sought for federal judicial, US Attorney vacancies

February 14, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Sen. Todd Young is taking applications for several vacancies in federal court as well as U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal positions.
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Donnelly to vote against Trump AG nominee Sessions

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he will vote against Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general.
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Congressmen write Trump letter about East Chicago lead

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for details related to cleaning up lead contamination in East Chicago.
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Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey

January 13, 2017
 Associated Press
FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocol in the email server case.
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Men in KKK costumes disrupt Sessions confirmation hearing

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Protesters disrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general Tuesday, including two men wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes and a woman wearing a pink crown.
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House seeks delay in health law appeal pending new president

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The Republican-led House of Representatives is asking the federal appeals court in Washington to delay consideration of a case involving the Obama health care law because Donald Trump has pledged to repeal and replace it when he becomes president.
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Trump names Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general

November 18, 2016
 Bloomberg News
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday selected Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, elevating one of his earliest congressional backers and one of the most conservative U.S. lawmakers to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
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Trump's path on health care law intersects with a lawsuit

November 16, 2016
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to preserve health insurance coverage even as he pursues repeal of the Obama-era overhaul that provided it to millions of uninsured people.
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Trump could cement conservative Supreme Court

November 9, 2016
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump will enter the Oval Office with the ability to re-establish the Supreme Court’s conservative tilt and the chance to cement it for the long term.
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If Clinton wins, more in GOP say no to 9 on Supreme Court

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has existed with its full complement of nine justices for close to 150 years, no matter who occupied the White House. Now some Republican lawmakers suggest they would be fine with just eight for four years more rather than have Hillary Clinton fill the vacancy.
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