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7th Circuit affirms denial of disability benefits

January 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
A worker with myriad health complaints failed to persuade the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court’s decision denying him long-term Social Security disability benefits.
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Indy lawyer assisting estate of late NFL player Phillips

January 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis attorney said he will be assisting the family of late former NFL player Lawrence Phillips document brain injuries that might have contributed to his apparent suicide in a California prison this week.
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Court rejects women’s discrimination claims against Eli Lilly

January 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Calling the conduct of an Eli Lilly supervisor “inexcusable and offensive,” a federal court nonetheless found the discrimination claims made by three former female employees did not have merit.
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Man accused of killing Indianapolis officer suing city

January 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A man facing death penalty charges in connection with the slaying of an Indianapolis police officer is suing the city for excessive force and seeks $2.3 million in damages.
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Indianapolis agency gets grant to help inmates find jobs

January 14, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis agency has won a $500,000 federal grant for a demonstration project to help inmates find jobs once they’re released.
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Rush: Dickson’s last argument to be where Supreme Court began

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
Chief Justice Loretta Rush announced Wednesday in her State of the Judiciary address that the court will hear a case in the historic southern Indiana building at a date to be determined in April. The case will be the final matter Dickson hears before his retirement on April 29.
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Rush sites growth of problem-solving courts during State of Judiciary

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Lawrence County schoolteacher who lost her job after she fell victim to heroin addiction is emblematic of Indiana’s problem-solving courts that Chief Justice Loretta Rush said are helping communities statewide deal with a crippling drug crisis.
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Bill to ease limits on handgun permits draws concerns

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
An advocate for domestic violence victims says a legislative proposal to lift Indiana's restrictions on alcohol offenders obtaining handgun licenses would remove one means of protecting victims.
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Bill to open adoption records passes Senate committee

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A proposal to expand access to sealed adoption records for adoptees is headed to the Indiana Senate floor after winning unanimous approval from a Senate committee.
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Selby and Ong nominated to fill seats on the federal bench

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
As the two Indiana nominees for a pair of vacancies on the federal bench begin the confirmation process, one Indiana senator is withholding his support of the candidate for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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GM faulty-switch trial begins with claim of deadly cover-up

January 13, 2016
 Bloomberg News
General Motors Co. found a deadly flaw in its ignition switches but chose to keep customers and regulators in the dark for years, a lawyer for an injured postal carrier told jurors in the first trial over the defect.
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Indiana woman reaches $640K settlement in son's jail death

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A southeastern Indiana woman has reached a $640,000 settlement in her wrongful death lawsuit that accused local officials of "callousness or reckless indifference" in her son's death at a county jail.
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Indiana parole board rejects parole for deputy's killer

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
The sisters of a sheriff's deputy shot to death during a 1972 bank robbery sat through an emotional Indiana Parole Board hearing on Tuesday that ended with the panel again rejecting freedom for their brother's convicted killer.
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Pence says he won’t support LGBT bill that ‘diminishes' religious freedom

January 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in his State of the State speech Tuesday night finally addressed the most contentious issue at the Statehouse this year – how to balance religious freedom with civil rights for LGBT people – but his statements left unclear whether he would sign any of the bills proposed so far during this General Assembly.
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Hammerle On... 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'Concussion'

January 13, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is spectacular entertainment from beginning to end.
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Marion County judicial selection now in lawmakers’ lap

January 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A federal appeals court rocked the Marion County court system last fall when it quashed its unusual judicial election process, saying it burdened the right to cast a meaningful vote. Now the court’s fate is in the hands of lawmakers, who will get a crack at replacing the election system the federal judges ruled unconstitutional.
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Young: Federal re-entry programs continue to benefit community

January 13, 2016
One of the longest-standing initiatives in the Southern District is the voluntary Re-entry and Community Help program. Dating back to 2007, REACH gives high-risk clients an opportunity to participate in monthly informal hearings with a team composed of a federal judge, federal public defender, assistant U.S. attorney, and U.S. probation officer.
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Living Fit: How SMART are your goals for better health?

January 13, 2016
Sharon McGoff
January is the month of resolutions and profound change, as we attempt to cut the cord from the apron strings of the Sugar Plum Fairy and pull ourselves out of the pit of gingerbread man hell.
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Munster cardiologist’s practice faces some 300 medical malpractice complaints

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
The sweeping medical malpractice claims against Dr. Arvind Gandhi and other practitioners at Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana could take years to unwind, and they may change the calculus that sets surcharges physicians pay to the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund.
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Access Group’s acquisition of Lawyer Metrics may help law schools, firms align goals

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
With its acquisition by Access Group, Bloomington-based Lawyer Metrics will be positioned to apply its data analysis expertise, and possibly increase its role, in helping legal education and the profession as a whole navigate ongoing changes.
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Coalition pushes for hate crime legislation

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana is one of five states without a hate crime law on the books.
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Expunged criminal records still may show up and might be required in some cases

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
If you’ve stayed out of trouble for the required number of years, Indiana’s expungement statute will erase your criminal record and give you a clean slate. (Individual results may vary.)
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Married lesbian couples seek birth certificate equality

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Lesbian couples in Indiana are learning the fight for state recognition did not stop with the legalization of same-sex marriage. The battle now has moved to parenthood.
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Collaborative divorce use lagging in Indiana

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lea Shelemey learned about collaborative divorce a dozen years ago when she heard what lawyers were doing in her native Alberta, Canada. She’s been sold ever since, but she wishes more lawyers were trained in the process and more clients were willing to take the option
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Ringlespaugh: Custody issues for parents of special-needs children

January 13, 2016
When deciding child custody in a situation involving a child with special needs, it is important for the courts, parents and attorneys to consider how these situations differ from families that do not have children with disabilities.
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