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Parents lose constitutional challenge of post-secondary school expenses

March 22, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Bound by precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals declined to find the statute allowing courts to impose post-secondary educational expenses on divorced parents is unconstitutional. The parents had argued the statute needs another look.
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COA rules park with no playground cannot enhance drug conviction

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A split Indiana Court of Appeals, divided over whether a park with no trees, no playground equipment and no benches could attract children during a school day, reversed a man’s conviction for Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine.
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Evansville, Kentucky police face trial over arrests in man’s death

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
Evansville family members who were interrogated, arrested and charged in a foster relative’s death may proceed with a federal civil-rights suit that alleges authorities on both sides of the Ohio River where the man’s body was found wrongly arrested them and falsified reports to build a case that unraveled.
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Clarksville man changes mind, takes deal in abuse death

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man has reversed himself again and agreed to plead guilty in the child abuse death of his former girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
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Indianapolis to spend $400K on crime prevention plan

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a $400,000 award to nonprofit organizations that patrol the city’s high-crime neighborhoods with a 22-1 vote Monday. The Central Indiana Community Foundation will give the money to nonprofits that work on conflict resolution as an alternative prevention approach.
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Musician accuses conductor, symphony of age discrimination

March 22, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
In a federal lawsuit filed late last week by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's principal bassoonist, the musician details what he alleges have been years of age discrimination and harassment by ISO musical director and conductor Krzysztof Urbanski and the ISO leadership.
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Cultivating the next generation

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorney Joseph Smith is among a new cadre of leaders stepping into management positions, taking a seat on high-level committees or becoming practice chairs in large law firms. Baby boomers are retiring or transitioning from their practices, creating openings in leadership roles.
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Disability claims approval getting tougher

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
New rules could set the evidence bar higher despite sharp court rebukes of claim denials.
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New task force meant to break down language barriers, aid court interpreters

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
As the number of litigants, witnesses or spectators requesting interpretation services continues to rise, the Indiana Supreme Court is taking steps to ensure those services are high-quality and far-reaching.
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Curtis Hill formulating agenda as he settles in as attorney general

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Given his lengthy career as a northern Indiana prosecutor, not much about being the state’s top attorney has surprised Curtis Hill.
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Hard line on immigration has Indiana attorneys scrambling

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Since President Donald Trump took office, lawyers are seeing more fear and more work from clients worried about deportation.
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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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Fitness to parent raised in man’s fatal neglect appeal

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man whose 4-month-old son died of malnutrition asked an appeals court to consider whether he was mentally capable of caring for the child while also invoking the jury’s right to question witnesses in contesting his conviction and 37-year sentence.
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Protest bills with anti-traffic obstruction focus sweep US

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
In response to the increasing number of demonstrations, legislators across the country have introduced bills limiting where protesters can demonstrate or increasing fines for participation in peaceful protests that turn violent.
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Inside the Criminal Case: Race, talking to jurors and impeachment

March 22, 2017
James Bell
As is typical in these articles, nine years of hard work by attorneys is summarized in three paragraphs and some writer like me says, “eventually this case landed before the United States Supreme Court.”
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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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Paying dues under right-to-work

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Drivers claim illegal union withholdings in case where checkoff cards are key.
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Adolay: The consequences of improper employee classification

March 22, 2017
A dangerous yet continued way of thinking by some companies is that the company can enter into a contract with an individual and call it an independent contractor agreement, agree on how that agreement will be structured, and be protected from liability normally attributed to an employer. This misconception carries a potential for significant damages for the company and its decision-makers.
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Walker: EEOC investigative subpoena power to be tested

March 22, 2017
The Supreme Court of the United States is specifically addressing how appellate courts should review district courts’ decisions to quash or enforce an EEOC subpoena.
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Plugged In: 5 features to help you Excel

March 22, 2017
Deanna Marquez
When thinking of Excel, many think of numbers and formulas and begin to have nightmares about high school math. However, this program can be used for so much more than number crunching and complex data models.
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Federal Bar Update: Motions to reconsider; 7th Circuit conference in Indy

March 22, 2017
John Maley
Judge Robert L. Miller recently addressed a motion to reconsider a ruling denying in part a defense motion for summary judgment; the opinion provides good guidance on whether and when such motions are appropriate.
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Dunn: Indiana law, precedent lead to $2.6M settlement for sales rep

March 22, 2017
This article summarizes how a terminated commissioned sales representative achieved a settlement of over $2.6 million from an Indiana company.
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DTCI: Counsel, can you spare the time?

March 22, 2017
A famous saying which came to exemplify the Great Depression was, “Brother, can you spare a dime?” My question posed to Hoosier attorneys is, “Counsel, can you spare some time?”
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Hammerle on ... 'Logan,' 'Kong: Skull Island'

March 22, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Logan" may end up being one of the better movies this year.
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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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