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District Court too heavy-handed in judgment, 7th Circuit rules

August 24, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A $2.7 million judgment in a messy dispute between a supplier and a now defunct furniture manufacturer has been overturned by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which called the award “too heavy a sanction.”
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Blackford judges ban clerk from courthouse

August 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
Judges in Blackford County last week issued an order barring the elected clerk from her courthouse offices or even on the sidewalks surrounding the courthouse in Hartford City, claiming she behaved inappropriately and disobeyed and sabotaged court commands.
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Plans outline charter schools at juvenile detention centers

August 24, 2015
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis organization has proposed creating a charter school at juvenile detention centers statewide.
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COA splits over railroad benefits in divorce case

August 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court erred in ordering a man’s future railroad retirement benefits subject to a division of marital assets in a divorce case, a divided panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
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Indiana team that raided Fogle's home used mobile laboratory

August 24, 2015
 Associated Press
When they arrived at Jared Fogle’s home last month, law enforcement officials were armed with more than a search warrant.
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Maternity leave not excusable neglect for bank, but remand ordered

August 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
Huntington Bank failed to convince the Indiana Supreme Court that an overlooked notice in a mortgage foreclosure case was excusable neglect because the person who normally handled such notices was on maternity leave.
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Supreme Court reverses termination of father’s parental rights

August 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A man serving a 10-year sentence for dealing in methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance is being given the opportunity to show he has changed.
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Tax court reaffirms ruling against Grant County assessor

August 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Tax Court on Friday reaffirmed its ruling that a company received insufficient notice of a retroactive assessment of its property in Grant County.
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Law school deans excited about Class of 2018

August 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
At the University of Notre Dame Law School, Dean Nell Jessup Newton bet on the “summer melt” but ended up losing to Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Kevin O’Rear.
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Law barring convicted sex offenders from schools challenged

August 21, 2015
 Associated Press
An Indiana man is challenging a new state law that bars certain convicted sex offenders from entering schools, arguing it can impair the right to vote.
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Study: Child sexual assault 'far too common' in Indiana

August 21, 2015
 Associated Press
A report by the Global Health Communication Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis states that adolescent sexual assault is “far too common” in the state.
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Florida woman says she secretly recorded Fogle

August 21, 2015
 Associated Press
A Florida woman says former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of Zionsville told her years ago about his interest in having sex with minors and that she went to authorities who told her to record the conversations.
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Authorities arrest Pulaski County deputy coroner

August 21, 2015
 Associated Press
Authorities in Pulaski County have arrested and charged a chief deputy coroner on preliminary charges of theft and official misconduct.
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Father who moved before divorce retains custody

August 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals Friday affirmed a trial court’s custody order in favor of a father who moved to Arizona, then California, before his wife filed for divorce.
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Andy Mohr Truck Center wins $6.5M judgment against Volvo

August 21, 2015
Indianapolis Business Journal
A federal jury has slapped Volvo Trucks North America with a $6.5 million judgment, a stinging rebuke of its business dealings with Andy Mohr Truck Center, the franchisee the Swedish company signed on in 2010 to grow its market share here.
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R.R. Donnelly loses appeal over shipping pallet taxes

August 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
A company’s purchase of shipping pallets is subject to Indiana use tax according to a ruling of the Indiana Tax Court issued Thursday.
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Prisoner’s Zantac lawsuit gives federal judges heartburn

August 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indiana inmate’s lawsuit claiming prison staff showed deliberate indifference in denying him Zantac to treat a known esophageal reflux condition erupted in a war of words between two 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges.
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COA upholds human trafficking conviction

August 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Court of Appeals took a plain reading of state statute to counter a defendant’s argument that the state had to prove intent in order to sustain a conviction of attempted promotion of human trafficking.
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Doctor who appealed attorney fees award now owes more

August 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
A northern Indiana doctor who lost a jury trial after he left a practice and started his own, and was ordered to pay damages and his former practice’s attorney fees, now may be on the hook for even greater costs.
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Rehearing upholds drug conviction resulting from traffic stop

August 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
An Indianapolis man who got a second bite at the apple could not convince the Indiana Court of Appeals his traffic stop lasted too long.
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Identification of defendant via phone calls and texts upheld by COA

August 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A Grant County man argued threatening phone calls could not be linked to him, but he was unable to overcome the testimony by people who knew the sound of his voice.
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Justice Boehm gets nod for special redistricting commission

August 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Ted Boehm has been given a seat on the special committee set to examine gerrymandering, a common political manipulation that he once called toxic.
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Fogle attorney: Jared taking responsibility for 'deplorable behavior'

August 19, 2015
 Associated Press, Indianapolis Business Journal
The attorney for Jared Fogle said the former Subway pitchman was accepting responsibility for “his deplorable behavior” as he agreed Wednesday in federal court to plead guilty to paying for sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography.
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Unpaid student loan splits 7th Circuit

August 19, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has split with each judge writing a separate opinion about a lawsuit brought by a student who defaulted on her school loans and then sued when the lending agency tacked on collection costs.
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Columbus landowner loses appeal of subdivision denial

August 19, 2015
Dave Stafford
The city of Columbus Plan Commission did not abdicate its authority to a resident’s neighbors when it denied an application to subdivide a piece of property into three lots of about one acre apiece.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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