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COA affirms dismissal of will contest

December 3, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a man’s will contest action involving his siblings, but for a different reason than the trial court.
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Oscar Pistorius conviction: Explaining the law behind it

December 3, 2015
 Associated Press
The heart of the murder case against Oscar Pistorius has relied on a section of South African criminal law known by the Latin term of dolus eventualis. The Supreme Court of Appeal decided Thursday that a lower court's reading of that was faulty and overturned its manslaughter conviction against the athlete, convicting him of murder.
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Target settles with banks over 2013 breach for $39M

December 3, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Target Corp. will pay about $39 million to banks and credit unions to resolve losses from a 2013 holiday- season data breach, as retailers and financial institutions continue to grapple with the costs of major hacker attacks.
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Forget the lawyers: Here’s what will decide the Volkswagen suits

December 3, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Since the day it came out that Volkswagen AG cheated diesel-emissions tests, U.S. consumers have been suing and lawyers have been wrangling over where the cases will be heard. But for the cars’ owners and Volkswagen, that fight – the centerpiece of a hearing Thursday in New Orleans –doesn’t matter so much because the legal case is actually quite simple.
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‘Elkhart Four’ ruling stands

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court has denied the state’s petition for a rehearing in the "Elkhart Four" felony murder case.
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Insurance agents denied summary judgment in lawsuit filed after fire

December 2, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man’s lawsuit will continue against an insurance agent and his agency after they insured his rental property but then denied coverage after a fire, alleging the man misrepresented the property’s condition.
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Judge wants harsher sentence for attack on ex-fiancee

December 2, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed there were no double jeopardy violations following a man’s open plea agreement to strangling, confining and battering his ex-fiancee, but one judge believed the man deserved more time in the Department of Correction based on the seriousness of the incident.
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150 businesses in group pushing for Indiana LGBT protections

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A large coalition of Indiana businesses is calling on Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled Legislature to put LGBT civil rights protections into state law.
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Judge grants preliminary injunction banning Nativity scene

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction banning a northern Indiana school district from including a live Nativity scene as part of its annual Christmas show.
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Monarch keeps up fight to overturn state alcohol sales law

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
The largest beer and wine wholesaler in Indiana is asking a state appeals court to find a law unconstitutional that prohibits beer wholesalers from seeking a permit to also distribute liquor.
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Downtown condo association again files suit for building damage

December 2, 2015
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The homeowners association for a downtown Indianapolis condominium complex again is suing the owner and builder after a new round of problems caused about $6 million in damage to the structure.
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Rep. Susan Brooks helps put spotlight on civil legal aid

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Civil legal aid providers got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of the formation of a Civil Legal Services Caucus in the U.S. Congress.
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Postal service warns newspaper about pot ads

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
While Oregon voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana for adult use in 2014, the plant is still illegal at the federal level. Any newspaper with pot ads would violate a federal law preventing advertising for illicit goods, the postal service said.
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Prosecutor seeks to dismiss charge against abortion doctor

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday the doctor fulfilled terms of a pretrial diversion program he entered after being charged last year with failing to report an abortion performed at the Women's Pavilion on a 13-year-old in 2013.

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Henderson: Survey reveals signs of fundamental change in the legal profession

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The traditional career path for Indiana attorneys – graduate from law school, become an associate in a law firm, work long hours and eventually become a partner – appears to be broken, or at least cracked.
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Survey: Attorney social media use largely governed by personal responsibility

December 2, 2015
Dave Stafford
By a more than 2-to-1 margin, attorneys who responded to the IL survey said their organization encourages them to promote themselves and their firm or organization, compared to those who said their organization discourages social media.
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Focus for law firms: Clients, clients, clients

December 2, 2015
Dave Stafford
Law firms large and small face similar challenges – keeping costs down and quality high while also finding ways to sustain and grow the business.
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Survey finds widespread professional satisfaction, little encouragement to pursue career in law

December 2, 2015
Dave Stafford
Life’s not bad being a lawyer. Work is satisfying, there’s time for life outside work, and the pay is good. But I wouldn’t recommend it. Those contradictions in lawyers’ prevailing attitudes were revealed in Indiana Lawyer's Practicing Law in Indiana survey.
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Survey: Succession planning a top concern for organizations

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Thirty-eighty percent of the respondents to the Indiana Lawyer’s 2015 Practicing Law in Indiana survey listed transition or succession planning as the greatest challenge to their organization’s viability. Only the issue of managing costs while protecting quality of service topped this concern, which 42 percent found to be the greatest challenge.
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Survey results reveal range in hours of pro bono work performed annually

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The pro bono community still believes having attorneys donate their time and professional skills remains a viable method for providing services to low-income individuals and families. But Indiana attorneys overwhelmingly indicate they neither want to be told to volunteer nor be obligated to report their volunteer hours.
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7th Circuit stops Cook County sheriff’s campaign against adult ads

December 1, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was not convinced by the sheriff’s arguments and instead saw his actions as “government coercion” and leading to a slippery slope.
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Suit accuses owners of home-repair firm of serial fraud

December 1, 2015
IBJ Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller sued the two owners of Carmel-based Green Frog Restoration Inc. on Tuesday, charging they scammed at least 41 Indianapolis-area residents out of more than $280,000 after one of them conducted similar schemes against Ohio and Kentucky residents.
 
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Justices disbar lawyer for theft of $150K from clients, ‘brazenness’

December 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $150,000 from his clients, “disclosing client confidences for purposes of both retaliation and amusement, threatening and intimidating his office staff (and) lying pervasively to all comers,” according to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Judge: Nativity lawsuit plaintiffs can remain anonymous

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that a high school student and a parent can remain anonymous as they sue over a live Nativity scene that’s part of a northern Indiana school district’s annual Christmas show.
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Justices end Californian’s lawsuit against Austrian railway

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
In their first decision of the term, justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that an American woman's lawsuit could not go forward in U.S. courts.
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