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Insurers: We're off the hook, Duke Energy knew coal ash risk

June 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Dozens of insurance companies say they're not obligated to help pay for Duke Energy Corp.'s multi-billion dollar coal ash cleanup because the nation's largest electric company long knew about but did nothing to reduce the threat of potentially toxic pollutants.
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Minimum-security prison in Indianapolis to close this summer

June 14, 2017
 Associated Press
State officials say a minimum-security prison that's operated in Indianapolis for nearly 150 years will close its doors this summer.
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CVS, suitors for Marsh stores agree to settlement, helping clear way for sale

June 14, 2017
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The two Ohio-based grocery chains that agreed to purchase 26 stores from Marsh Supermarkets have reached a settlement with pharmacy giant CVS Health, getting them a step closer to finalizing the transaction totaling $24 million.
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Attorney disbarred for falsifying statements, evidence to disciplinary commission

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indianapolis attorney charged with making false statements and submitting false evidence to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission in an attempt to be reinstated to the practice of law has instead been disbarred.
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COA: Chiropractors not qualified to render opinions on ‘complex’ causation issues

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
A medical malpractice case against a Franklin County chiropractor must proceed to trial after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday that chiropractors, including those on medical review panels, are not qualified to render opinions on the cause of injuries when a case involves a “complex” causation issue.
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Justices to decide if man should face charge for sending teen explicit photo

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
There are two, possibly conflicting, statutes at play in a case now under consideration by the Indiana Supreme Court in a case involving an explicit photo sent to a teen – one that sets the age of consent for sexual activity at 16 years old, and one that prohibits the dissemination of matter “harmful to minors” to any minor under the age of 18.
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Congressional Democrats sue Trump over foreign payments

June 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire.
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CVS, owners of Lockerbie Marketplace object to Marsh store-sale plan

June 14, 2017
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Pharmacy giant CVS Health and the owner of Lockerbie Marketplace downtown filed objections Tuesday night to Marsh Supermarkets’ plan to sell 26 stores to two Ohio-based grocery chains for $24 million.
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Leading the way at ITLA

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
New Indiana Trial Lawyers Association President Dan Chamberlain recently answered some questions about himself and his plans for his year as president, which began in May with a passing of the gavel from Past President John Young.
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Women, young attorneys raise their profiles in ITLA

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
Caucus leaders say serving the community is a vital role for trial lawyers.
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4 lawyers and a businessman walk into a bar…

June 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
... and begin distilling, bottling and selling their own artisan liquor.
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Indiana Supreme Court offices on the move

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana’s restructured Office of Judicial Administration will get new digs at a lower cost later this year, officials said.
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State’s $25 million payout in DCS abuses case is the largest ever of its kind

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana attorney general and Department of Child Services’ decision to settle a lawsuit brought by a wrongly prosecuted family yielded the largest payment of its type in state history.
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Experts say Court of Appeals ruling leaves death penalty in limbo

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
Legal experts from Indiana’s law schools said the decision casts uncertainty on the death penalty going forward, though they said by no means is the court’s ruling a moratorium on future executions.
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Indiana joins ABA’s portal offering free legal advice

June 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In recent months, the Indiana resource transitioned from being a stand-alone website that the Indiana Bar Foundation operated to becoming a part of the American Bar Association’s online portal, ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org. Currently, the bar foundation is reintroducing the website — indiana.freelegalanswers.org — to attorneys around the state.
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ABA president touts resources for Indiana solo, small firms

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
President Linda Klein also encouraged advocacy for legal aide services while at the Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference.
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Attorneys encouraged to practice ‘active relaxation’ outside work

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a long day of briefs, arguments and client meetings, attorneys might be tempted to go home and relax on the couch. But according to mental health experts, spending evenings in front of the television might not be that relaxing for those who want to fully escape the pressures of work.
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Eye on the Profession: Attorneys, change is here but you will eventually like it

June 14, 2017
John Trimble
I was at a bar association meeting within the last week that had a cross-section of lawyers of all ages and practice areas. There was one overriding theme of the conversations among the lawyers in attendance: They were hating change.
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Lindman: Determining where to incorporate after TC Heartland

June 14, 2017
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States made the problem of deciding where to incorporate a little more complicated. Sure, your client could still choose Delaware for its well-developed business laws. But how does Delaware stack up in patent litigation?
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DTCI: DRI is the voice of the defense bar

June 14, 2017
Renee Mortimer
DRI provides its members with wonderful opportunities to better their practices, increase their client base, and, most important, make lasting professional and personal relationships.
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Hammerle on... 'Wonder Woman,' 'Churchill'

June 14, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Wonder Woman" is a special film that should not be missed.
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Technology Untangled: Fujitsu document scanner is ideal small law office tool

June 14, 2017
Stephen Bour
I searched Amazon for Fujitsu scanners and was pleased to see that the ScanSnap iX500 is the Amazon Number One Best Seller in computer scanners.
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Ira: The future of cyber liability in Indiana

June 14, 2017
There is no shortage of headlines reporting on major data security breaches across the United States. It is no surprise that the wheels of justice have turned slowly in defining the scope and extent of liability for data security breaches.
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Indiana mother who killed 2 children faces new murder charge

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana woman who admitted to fatally smothering her two children was charged Tuesday in the death of a former neighbor.
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COA reaffirms legal malpractice suit may proceed

June 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
After granting rehearing to clarify the difference between the instant legal malpractice case and previous malpractice caselaw, the Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday reaffirmed its previous decision to deny summary judgment to a northern Indiana law firm.
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  1. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  2. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  3. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  4. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

  5. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

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