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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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Religious exemption at heart of employee pension disputes

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A trio of cases pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, which could require more than $1 billion in new funding for certain employee pension plans, revolves around a central question: What is a church?
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First day of Supreme Court interviews complete

March 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Day one of the interviews to fill Justice Robert Rucker’s impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court is complete after 12 applicants came to the Statehouse for their 20-minute interviews.
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Overruling COA, justices decide Florida law group must face suit

March 21, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Florida law group that hired several Indiana attorneys to represent clients in foreclosures and bankruptcies must face a civil lawsuit, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
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Medical companies with Indiana ties take interest in SCOTUS patent case

March 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, including an orthopedic product maker in Indiana, have weighed in on a patent case that came before the Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday.
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Adjudicating on different CHINS petition allowed under Trial Rule 15(B), COA rules

March 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A troubled teenager found to be a child in need of services was properly adjudicated even though the juvenile court ruled the state did not meet its burden in proving the basis of its CHINS petition.
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Appeals court reverses CHINS finding

March 21, 2017
Dave Stafford
A trial court erred in declaring a boy in the custody of his father to be a child in need of services on account of his meth-abusing mother, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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7th Circuit affirms summary judgment to jail health care providers

March 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment to a county jail healthcare provider and his employer Monday after finding that the inmate bringing the malpractice claims against the providers failed to prove that his care was objectively unreasonable.
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House to consider extension of civil legal filing fee

March 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill which would extend the pro bono legal services fee on court filings has cleared a committee in the Indiana House of Representatives and is headed for a second reading Tuesday on the floor of the lower chamber.
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Indiana justice interviews underway

March 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Interviews of the 20 candidates who have applied to fill the next vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court are officially underway. Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the six members of the Judicial Nominating Commission began the 20-minute interview sessions this morning, speaking with six candidates from across the state.
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Gorsuch stresses ‘open mind’ on court rulings

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch batted away Democrats’ efforts Tuesday to get him to reveal his views on abortion, guns and other controversial issues, insisting he keeps “an open mind for the entire process” when he issues rulings.
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Clarksville man backs out of plea deal in girl’s abuse death

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man has backed out of a plea agreement in the child abuse death of his former girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
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House approves domestic violence bill on phone plans, pets

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill enabling domestic violence victims to retain their phone numbers and to protect pets when they leave an abusive relationship.
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Supreme Court seems divided in property-rights dispute

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A divided U.S. Supreme Court struggled Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas.
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Two-year prison sentence affirmed for convict with leukemia

March 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the two-year sentence handed down to an older man being treated for leukemia, though the dissenting appellate judge had serious questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ ability to meet the man’s medical needs.
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Attorney who played key role in funeral legislation dies

March 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indianapolis-area attorneys are mourning the loss of a colleague they say was instrumental in shaping Indiana laws dealing with funeral services.
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Tennessee death row inmates lose Supreme Court appeals

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected appeals of three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled.
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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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Supreme Court rejects appeal of former Connecticut governor

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to disturb the convictions of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland for conspiring to hide his work for two Republican congressional candidates, several years after he resigned from office and served prison time for corruption.
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Indiana considers prohibiting cities from banning Airbnb

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana cities and towns wouldn’t be allowed to restrict companies such as Airbnb under a proposal state lawmakers are considering as they wade into the parochial matters of property rights and zoning disputes.
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COA orders new attempted murder trial

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial in a Greene County attempted murder case after finding the trial court incorrectly applied the standard of a “knowing” mens rea, rather than a “specific intent to kill.”
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Supreme Court: Man allowed to view video of controlled drug buy with informant

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Vigo County man facing drug charges will now be able to review a video of a controlled drug buy between himself and an informant after the Indiana Supreme Court decided Friday that the disclosure of the video would be relevant and helpful to his case.
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Bar association speaks out against bill banning prospective liability releases

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
One of the state’s largest bar associations is speaking out against a bill in the Indiana General Assembly that would prohibit attorneys’ ability to prospectively release themselves from malpractice liability.
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Dissent: Teen killer’s 110-year sentence warrants review

March 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man who was convicted of murdering two people in an East Chicago confrontation in 1996 when he was 16 is entitled by subsequent U.S. Supreme Court rulings to a fresh look at his sentence, a dissenting 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge wrote.
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