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Expanding smoking ban would hurt casinos, study committee chair says

October 23, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a brief hearing Thursday, members of the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy voted to leave the state’s smoking ban alone.
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Court rules for IPS in ex-employee’s 'Moorish Christmas' suit

October 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
An ex-Indianapolis Public Schools employee and minister fired after repeated complaints of physical altercations with students lost his federal discrimination lawsuit that claimed in part he was fired for religious reasons, including his request to be allowed off work to observe “Moorish Christmas.”
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Ex-IU student's lawyer says he's horrified by attack

October 23, 2015
 Associated Press
The attorney for a 19-year-old former Indiana University student says she believes he was intoxicated and didn't target a Muslim woman with racial slurs as he tried to remove her headscarf.
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Louisville student sues author, IBJ publishing unit over book

October 23, 2015
IBJ Staff, J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based IBJ Book Publishing LLC and author Katina Powell have been sued by a University of Louisville student who claims her career prospects have been damaged by Powell’s book, which alleges Powell supplied strippers and prostitutes to the Louisville men’s basketball program.
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Inside massive injury lawsuits, clients get traded like commodities for big money

October 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
For all the black robes and ceremony, the American legal system often operates more like a factory assembly line than a citadel of individualized justice. Now a legal dispute within a plaintiffs' law firm that organizes massive torts is threatening to pull back the curtain on the mechanics of high-volume litigation.
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Indiana part of lawsuit challenging EPA carbon rule

October 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News, IL Staff
Indiana and 22 other states filed a legal challenge Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule requiring existing power plants to make technological changes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The rule change is expected to unleash a flood of lawsuits from lawyers challenging everything from the timing to the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature climate initiative.
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Case latest example of difficulty in prosecuting insider trading

October 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. dropped insider-trading charges against Michael Steinberg, a former fund manager at SAC Capital Advisors LP who was convicted by a federal jury, in the latest fallout from a major appeals court ruling that made such prosecutions more difficult.
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Former Subway pitchman's victims given $1 million

October 23, 2015
 Associated Press
Ten victims of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle have received a total of $1 million in restitution since he agreed to plead guilty to child pornography and sex-crime charges, and his four other victims could receive their checks by the time he is sentenced next month — a move prosecutors said is rare.
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AG settles with Aspen Dental over deceptive advertising

October 22, 2015
IL Staff
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General has reached a settlement with New York-based Aspen Dental Management Inc. over deceptive advertising and unfair tactics claims used to promote services in Indiana.
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Preventable medical errors hit new high in Indiana

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
New data released from the Indiana State Department of Health shows that the state has set another record for medical errors.
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COA affirms sanctions for lawyer’s misrepresentation of invoices

October 22, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals called out an attorney for the errors in her appellate brief and considered requiring her to prove she attended continuing legal education on appellate practice before filing anything else before the appeals court.
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Lawsuit: School squelched workers' rights over online posts

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two Indiana school cafeteria workers who were disciplined after posting concerns about school spending on social media.
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Pence decides to pay off federal unemployment loan

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning announced that the state would use about $250 million from Indiana's surplus to finish paying back the federal government for a loan the state took out to pay unemployment benefits during the recession.
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Indiana officer faces 13 felonies including voter fraud

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
A police officer faces 13 felony charges in connection with the 2015 primary election in Ohio County.
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FBI opens hate crime probe in Indiana attack on Muslim woman

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
The FBI has opened a hate crime investigation into an attack on a Muslim woman in which police say a 19-year-old Indiana University college student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove her headscarf.
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Has it become impossible to prosecute white collar crime?

October 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
For close watchers of the interactions between the Justice Department and the financial industry, the mistrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case was about more than just the fact that a handful of jurors were too overwhelmed by the evidence presented to reach a verdict. The mistrial, after four months in court and 22 days of deliberations, hints at a much deeper problem: Perhaps most financial crime has simply reached a level of such complexity that it's beyond the reach of the law.
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UPS agrees to pay $4M to settle late-delivery probe

October 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Indiana is set to receive a portion of a $4 million settlement with UPS Inc. following allegations that the shipping company overcharged government customers in 14 states.
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Steele: Deal close on medical malpractice reform bill

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
Plaintiff and defense lawyers and state officials are close to an agreement on legislation to reform Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, a key state senator said Tuesday.
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Trial courts saw 1.3M new cases in 2014

October 21, 2015
IL Staff
More than 1.3 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts last year, according to the Indiana Judicial Service report released Wednesday. The report details court operations at the county and appellate level for calendar year 2014.
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Advisory council approves recommendations for DOC funds

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A recommendation to sprinkle $5 million in new state funding across nearly half of Indiana's counties has been unanimously approved by the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council, paving the way to expand treatment and rehabilitation programs to help low-level offenders.
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Study panel recommends opening adoption records

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
A legislative study committee Tuesday recommended opening records to thousands of Hoosiers born before 1994 who cannot access their own birth certificates.
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US prosecutors probing UN have plenty of work, documents show

October 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
When U.S. federal prosecutors charged a senior United Nations official on Tuesday, it was the Justice Department’s first foray into the activities of the international organization in a number of years. The prosecutor behind the push says there’s more to investigate – and internal UN documents suggest he has a point.
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East Chicago councilman pleads not guilty to murder charge

October 21, 2015
 Associated Press
An East Chicago councilman who's running unopposed in the upcoming election has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
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Hammerle On ... 'The Walk,' 'The Martian,' 'Sicario'

October 21, 2015
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says legendary director Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” must be added to the list of great films in 2015.
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Judge Frances Gull receives national award for innovations in Allen County

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
For more than 10 years, Judge Frances Gull has spearheaded efforts in Allen County to make the jury process easier and more convenient. She made jury duty less burdensome by incorporating technological advances that help potential jurors feel more comfortable.
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