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Federal Bar Update: Opinion provides insight on attorney fees in FDCPA cases

September 12, 2012
John Maley
Federal courts routinely determine fee petitions for prevailing parties in various fee-shifting cases. A recent opinion from Magistrate Judge Denise LaRue illustrates guiding principles here.
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Court of Appeals rejects typo argument in reversing a sentence for child molestation

September 11, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
In a split ruling, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a South Bend man’s conviction of child molestation but rejected the state’s claim that wording on a supplemental sentencing order was a scrivener’s error.
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Neglect conviction, sentence in child’s death affirmed

September 11, 2012
Dave Stafford
The conviction and sentence of a Delaware County woman whose stepdaughter died due to neglect was not inappropriate, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Appeals court reverses termination of father’s rights

September 11, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Department of Child Services failed to prove that a father’s children were removed for cause required under state statute, and the trial court erred in terminating the parental rights of the Dearborn County man.
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Post-judgment interest award reversed

September 11, 2012
Dave Stafford
An award of post-judgment interest paid by a losing party does not include the time a court takes in tallying the bill, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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Appeals court upholds judgment for mortgage company

September 11, 2012
Dave Stafford
A Lake County trial court’s grant of summary judgment for the lender in a foreclosure case was affirmed Tuesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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David named to chair Allen County JNC

September 11, 2012
IL Staff
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David has been appointed to chair the Allen Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission.
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Arguments for pretrial release found to be 'unquestionably inappropriate'

September 11, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court has dismissed without prejudice a request by a defendant to be released from jail while awaiting his third murder trial.
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Indiana pension fund attorneys to serve as lead co-counsel in Wal-Mart bribery suit

September 10, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund has been named as co-lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the board of directors of retail giant Wal-Mart.>
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Sept. 11, State Fair compensation expert Feinberg to speak

September 10, 2012
Dave Stafford
Attorney and victim compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg will speak Tuesday at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis about efforts to compensate victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that included an unsuccessful settlement offer.
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Justices deny transfer on 13 cases

September 10, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court added no cases to its docket, according to the report on transfer action for the week ending Sept. 7.
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In reversal, tax court says estate not entitled to interest on refund, judgment

September 7, 2012
Dave Stafford
The estate of a Lowell chef and food production expert is not entitled to interest on a refund or judgment interest that the Lake County probate court awarded, the Indiana Tax Court ruled Friday.
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7th Circuit rejects disability appeal

September 7, 2012
Dave Stafford
An Indiana man lost his appeal of denial of Social Security disability benefits Friday at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Sunburned man gets no relief

September 7, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a badly sunburned patient failed to meet the burden of res ipsa loquitur in a medical malpractice lawsuit against his dermatologist. 
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Justice finalists to students: Be careful on Facebook

September 7, 2012
Dave Stafford
The three finalists to be the next justice on the Indiana Supreme Court offered advice to aspiring attorneys Thursday that included a caution about what they post on their Facebook pages and social networks.
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Father’s consent not necessary for adoption to proceed

September 7, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Adoptive parents did not have to get the biological father’s consent to adopt his minor child, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Title insurer had duty to defend

September 6, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Ticor Title Insurance Co. breached its duty to defend Home Federal Savings Bank on a counterclaim brought by a general contractor on the failed ethanol plant in Cloverdale.
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Court correctly ruled toxicology department audit results ‘irrelevant’

September 6, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Hamilton Superior Court properly denied a defendant’s attempt to elicit testimony concerning the reliability of toxicology test results from the Indiana Department of Toxicology dealing with an audit of tests performed by the department from 2007 to 2009, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday.
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Judges order new trial based on prosecutor’s comments

September 6, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
Comments made by a prosecutor during a Harrison County man’s trial for charges stemming from a break-in at a convenience store improperly suggested that the man chose not to testify so he would not incriminate himself, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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St. Joe Bar Association to present diversity summit

September 6, 2012
IL Staff
The Diversity Committee of the St. Joseph County Bar Association is hosting a presentation on diversity in the legal profession Sept. 24, which will include former Indiana Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. discussing inclusion among the judiciary and the selection of judges.
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Attorneys ask justices to release Camm while awaiting retrial

September 6, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
Attorneys for David Camm, a former Indiana State Trooper twice convicted of killing his wife and two children, are asking the Indiana Supreme Court to order a special judge to release Camm from his pre-trial detention.
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Judges affirm jury instruction was not permitted under Barnes

September 5, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Howard Superior Court was correct in refusing a defendant’s instruction that provided a defense to his resisting arrest charges. The 2011 Supreme Court ruling in Barnes v. State did not permit his proposed instruction, the Indiana Court of Appeals held.
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Man’s additional charges should have been dismissed

September 5, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Whitley Superior Court should have granted a defendant’s motion to dismiss two operating while intoxicated charges because the charges came after he pleaded guilty to two other charges relating to the same initial traffic stop.
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Indiana justices accept 4 cases, deny 27

September 5, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide the defamation case filed by Herbert and Bui Simon against a California attorney. The justices will also decide whether a woman’s lawsuit for unpaid wages should have been brought before the Indiana Department of Labor before she filed her action.
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Miami Circuit Judge Robert Spahr dies

September 5, 2012
IL Staff
Miami Circuit Judge Robert A. Spahr, 66, died Monday at his residence after a brief battle with cancer.
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  2. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  3. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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  5. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

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