Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

DTCI: Mediation for defense lawyers

April 23, 2014
From DTCI
Patrick Reilly writes to help defense lawyers develop strategies to achieving the best possible results in selecting, conducting and winning mediations.
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DTCI: Kick off your heels with the new Women in the Law Division

April 9, 2014
From DTCI
While there is no right or wrong answer, mentoring and networking can go a long way in helping women feel like they are not alone in their personal and professional lives. DTCI wants to make this even easier by expanding the available network of strong and successful women lawyers. DTCI has created the Women in the Law Division.
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DTCI: You get what you pay for

March 26, 2014
From DTCI
Why unnamed insureds have no right to bring bad-faith claims.
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DTCI: Women In The Law

March 26, 2014
Join us April 17 for lunch at Osteria Pronto at the JW Marriott at 11 a.m. for the launch of the DTCI Women in the Law Section.
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DTCI: What happened to practicing ‘civil’ litigation?

March 12, 2014
From DTCI
It is unusual to open a lawyers’ magazine without seeing an article about civility. What happened to “civil” litigation? It must be like the weather – a lot of people are writing about it, but no one seems to be doing anything about it.
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DTCI: The aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA

February 26, 2014
From DTCI
In June 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. In essence, the court held that the Act denied same-sex couples the “equal liberty” guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. This decision has far broader impact than just the scope of the estate-tax issues raised in the case, and employers and benefit providers should be aware of the impact and aftermath of this ruling.
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DTCI: Indiana Civil Litigation Review

February 26, 2014
From DTCI
The DTCI’s flagship publication, the Indiana Civil Litigation Review, will be distributed soon. Members and subscribers can anticipate another issue full of valuable information and analyses by leaders of Indiana’s defense bar.
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DTCI: February Kudos

February 26, 2014
From DTCI
News from DTCI members.
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DTCI: 'Caring for' family under FMLA

February 12, 2014

What happens when a family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness and begins the somber review of their bucket list, noticing that a trip to Las Vegas is still unchecked? Would taking time to accompany and care for that family member be included in the definition of caring for under the FMLA?

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DTCI: Discovery of the facts behind settlement documentaries

January 29, 2014
From DTCI
With increasing frequency, plaintiffs’ attorneys are using settlement “documentary” videos before and during mediation in catastrophic cases. Utilizing the format of a tabloid television news program, these “documentaries” address problematic liability and damages issues in a light that is often unreasonably favorable to the injured party.
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DTCI: Did you miss this? Kudos, News & Blogs

January 29, 2014
From DTCI
News from around DTCI.
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DTCI: Johnson at regional DRI meeting

January 29, 2014
From DTCI
Jim Johnson, president of DTCI, attended the 2014 DRI North Central Regional Meeting held in Fort Myers earlier this month.
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DTCI: Meet your 2014 Board of Directors

January 1, 2014
From DTCI
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office Jan. 1, 2014.
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Southern Indiana commercial litigator to assume top spot in DTCI

December 18, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Evansville attorney Jim Johnson always wanted to be a lawyer, but he did not always want to be a leader.
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2013 DTCI amicus report

December 18, 2013
From DTCI
In 2013, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Amicus Committee participated in a number of interesting appeals.
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DTCI sponsors American Cancer Society Discovery Ball

December 18, 2013
IL Staff
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana was a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society Discovery Ball Nov. 15 through its Joan Fullam Irick Memorial Fund.
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DTCI celebrates its 20th annual conference at Blue Chip Casino

December 4, 2013
From DTCI
Defense attorneys gathered from every corner of Indiana to attend the 20th Annual Conference & Meeting at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City on Nov. 21-22.
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DTCI: Don’t miss the 2013 annual meeting in Michigan City

November 20, 2013
From DTCI
This year the DTCI Annual Meeting will be held at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. The conference begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, and continues through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. If you have not yet registered to attend, I strongly encourage you to pack your suitcase with casual clothes (and a little extra green for the casino) and head north to get all the CLE you need for the year at one conference for the reasonable price of $299.
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DTCI: What is the proper jury instruction on the state-of-the-art presumption?

November 6, 2013
From DTCI
This is a bait-and-switch article. It applies to instructing the jury on the continuing effect of rebuttable presumptions in all civil cases. It just so happens that one of the best examples is the presumption of no liability under Indiana’s Product Liability Act. That presumption is broader than just the state-of-the-art defense.
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DTCI: Trimble receives ISBA Presidential Citation

November 6, 2013
From DTCI
John C. Trimble, former president of DTCI, was honored with a Presidential Citation by the Indiana State Bar Association for his exceptional contribution to the profession of law and the residents of Indiana.
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DTCI: Can women in the legal profession really beat the odds?

October 23, 2013
From DTCI
Research has shown that the greatest barrier to advancement for women attorneys is the work-family conflict.
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DTCI award recipients named

October 9, 2013
From DTCI
Congratulations to DTCI's award winners!
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DTCI: Navigating Common Issues in UIM Litigation

October 9, 2013
From DTCI
Many defense attorneys are eventually pulled into the love triangle of underinsured litigation. Like any good drama, underinsured cases are multifaceted and involve a bizarre set of twists and relationships.
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DTCI: Determining personal jurisdiction in the Twitterverse

September 25, 2013
John Twohy
What are, or should be, the contours of personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants who are alleged to have defamed forum residents using social media? The answer will vary depending on the social media platform at issue and the details of the communication at issue.
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DTCI: The medical review panel process

September 11, 2013
From DTCI
The medical review panel process plays an important role in medical malpractice litigation, including separating meritorious claims from meritless claims. The panel process and its effect on subsequent or concurrent litigation in court are the subjects of numerous debates and a large body of case law on a variety of issues. This article addresses two such issues: (1) a medical provider’s right to anonymity when a party files a motion for preliminary determination during the panel process; and (2) whether the statutory 90-day period following the issuance of the medical review panel’s opinion should be added to any time remaining under the statute of limitations before the plaintiff files a claim with the Indiana Department of Insurance.
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