Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

DTCI: The anatomy of jobsite accident claims

May 25, 2011
From DTCI
In the unfortunate event of a construction jobsite accident that results in bodily injury or, in the worst-case scenario, a fatality, the resulting claims and litigation can be extremely complex. Construction jobsite accident claims often play out as follows.
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DTCI: Who needs government? Maybe we do!

May 11, 2011
Kevin Tyra
When I got out of bed this morning, a Tea Party activist on the morning news was decrying government intrusion into our lives and our freedom. He seemed to be saying that our lives would be so much better without government getting in our way and getting in the way of businesses trying to make our lives better through the free market system.
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DTCI: New tool in defending defective products

April 27, 2011
From DTCI
The Indiana Supreme Court recently held that a plaintiff’s fault in initially causing an accident may be considered in a crashworthiness case against the car manufacturer.
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DTCI: Pennell receives ADTA President's Award

April 27, 2011
From DTCI
Stephen R. Pennell, former president of DTCI and partner in the Lafayette firm of Stuart & Branigin, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the ADTA at the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys’ annual meeting in Hawaii.
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DTCI: Technology in the practice

April 13, 2011
From DTCI
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's Dave DeMoss discusses the impact of technology and how it has created opportunities for attorneys.
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DTCI: Insurance 'Bad faith setup'

March 30, 2011
From DTCI
Dealing with the practicalities.
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Limitation of liability provision enforceable

March 16, 2011
David Temple
On March 2, 2011, the federal district court in Indianapolis issued a rather innocuous and unassuming opinion in SAMS Hotel Group, LLC v. Environs, Inc. (S.D. Ind. 2011), No. 1:09-CV-00930-TWP-TAB. However, its ramifications may be far-reaching and are surely welcomed by design professionals working on projects in Indiana.
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DTCI: Retaliation by association on the rise

March 2, 2011
From DTCI
On Jan. 24, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, 131 S. Ct. 863 (Jan. 24, 2011).
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2011 DTCI Rookie Seminar

March 2, 2011
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana will hold its Rookie Seminar on April 15, 2011, at The Montage at Allison Pointe. 8.0 credits (including 1.0 ethics) have been requested.
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Why join DTCI?

March 2, 2011
From DTCI

Why join DTCI?

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DTCI: Is the notion of a 'happy lawyer' an oxymoron?

February 16, 2011
Michele Bryant
A “happy lawyer” – do you know any such creature? By coincidence (or maybe not), two recent but random events caused me to consider this question, of all things, in the middle of this long winter season.
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DTCI: Well and truly tried

February 2, 2011
From DTCI
They picked me. What were they thinking?
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DTCI Kudos

February 2, 2011
From DTCI
Kudos from Feb. 2, 2011.
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DTCI: Kyrouac looking forward to 2011

January 19, 2011
Scott Kyrouac
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana President Scott M. Kyrouac outlines his goals for 2011.
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DTCI: Meet your 2011 Board of Directors

January 5, 2011
From DTCI
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office on Jan. 1, 2011.
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DTCI to promote civility, opposing 'anti-lawyer' sentiments

December 22, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Terre Haute attorney Scott M. Kyrouac wants to advance civility between plaintiffs and defense lawyers, and plans to advocate against “anti-lawyer legislation” that may be lodged against the legal community.
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DTCI amicus makes impact in 2010

December 22, 2010
From DTCI
Although 2010 did not have the fireworks of the 2009 medical write-off cases, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana has participated as amicus in several significant legal issues affecting the defense bar.
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17th Annual DTCI Conference & Meeting

December 8, 2010
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2011 officers and new directors at its Seventeenth Annual Conference and Annual Meeting in Michigan City November 18-19.
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DTCI: Medical Negligence vs. Premises Liability

November 24, 2010
From DTCI
When a patient is harmed during a medical procedure, a patient may elect to file a medical negligence claim against his physician and the health care facility in which the procedure occurred. However, when a patient is harmed during a hospitalization, should the claim still be pursued as one of medical negligence or is it more appropriately a premises liability claim?
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DTCI: Indiana's New Pattern Jury Instructions in Products Liability Cases

November 10, 2010
From DTCI
There has been great debate in the Indiana legal community about the recent changes to Indiana’s Model Jury Instructions that were revised to be written in plain English.
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DTCI: Be a good lawyer, but also be a good mentor

November 10, 2010
From DTCI
Libby Valos Moss lists what she has learned over the years in striving to be a good mentor.
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DTCI: Take time to smell flowers along the way

October 27, 2010
Jeffrey Crabill
When the name Rabb Emison comes to my mind, I immediately think of the word “great.”
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DTCI: Insurance policies' notice provision

October 13, 2010
From DTCI
A number of recent Indiana cases have addressed the provision found in nearly all insurance policies that requires an insured to provide its insurer with prompt notice of a claim.
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DTCI Kudos

October 13, 2010
From DTCI
Lloyd H. Milliken, Jr., (past president) and Randall R. Riggs, partners in Frost Brown Todd, who were recognized in the September/October 2010 Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition.

John C. Trimble (past president), partner in Lewis Wagner, who has been appointed chair of the Public Policy Committee of DRI.

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DTCI: Existing duty is prerequisite of negligence

September 29, 2010
From DTCI
To prevail on a claim of negligence, a plaintiff must show that a duty exists, that the duty was breached, and that damages resulted from that breach. It goes without saying that there can be no negligence or liability where there is no duty.
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  5. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

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