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U.S. Supreme Court: selling product exhausts patent

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a decision that Zimmer Biomet and other medical device manufacturers argued will change their industry, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that patent holders cannot keep their patent protections after they sell their products.
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SCOTUS suspends wrong lawyer over 'mistaken identity'

May 31, 2017
 Associated Press
When the Supreme Court of the United States suspended a prominent Massachusetts lawyer and threatened him with disbarment, it started a Boston legal drama that took two weeks to resolve.
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Judge awards no damages to worker burned inside heated tank

May 31, 2017
 Associated Press
A lawsuit filed by an eastern Indiana man seriously burned inside a heated chemical tank has ended without any damages being awarded.
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Retired attorney creates course to teach lawyers how to be leaders

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Retired attorney Greg Utken has helped develop a program focused on preparing attorneys to step into lead positions within a firm, legal department or company. The course, Lawyer to Leader, was developed in conjunction with Butler University’s Executive Education initiative.
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Legal malpractice arguments focus on whether crime victim lost settlement chance

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Can agency immunity cover a lawyer's failure to file a tort claim notice and lawsuit?
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Appeal: Commercial court, without notice, put worker out of job

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
A glass industry engineer’s challenge alleges the Indiana commercial court pilot project dockets’ specialized rules violated his due process rights.
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Portage attorney juggles legal practice with life on the red carpet

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
It wasn’t until about 20 years ago that Mark Roscoe taught himself to design and sew to help his mother. He then began doing smaller fashion jobs for his friends and neighbors, and his reputation continued to grow. About five years ago, he took the plunge and began pursuing his design business aggressively.
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Indiana Tech’s closing of law school leaves  unanswered questions

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As the law school's last class graduates, its website has been taken down andstudents begin to transfer to other programs.
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IU Maurer professor’s new blog studies market effect on legal field

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
Through his new blog, Legal Evolution, IU Maurer’s Bill Henderson wants to “provide lawyers, legal educators, and allied professionals with high-quality information to solve very difficult industry-specific problems.” Henderson’s website, legalevolution.org, was launched earlier this month in place of his former blog, The Legal Whiteboard.
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Lawyers of summer return to the baseball diamond

May 31, 2017
Attorneys say playing the sport relieves stress and helps with the practice of law.
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Lack of statewide will procedures leaves unanswered questions about official documents

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
The final stop for a last will and testament in the e-filing era depends on where in Indiana an estate is opened and what the local probate court demands, at least for now.
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Boldt: Estate planning essentials for newlyweds and new parents

May 31, 2017
Amid all of the anticipation and excitement surrounding new unions and new babies, estate planning often falls by the wayside. Nevertheless, newlyweds and new parents are wise to make their estate planning goals a priority.
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Potential death of Affordable Care Act likely to cut taxes

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Health Care Act, which seeks to repeal and replace the ACA, passed the House on a party-line vote but has not gained much traction in the Senate. In fact, the upper chamber is crafting its own repeal-and-replace legislation that could differ widely from the House proposal.
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Retzner: Estate planning second step is more important than first

May 31, 2017
Most clients, and indeed more than a few attorneys, believe that once step one is completed, so is the client’s estate planning. The file is closed and, maybe a reminder to check back with the client in a few years for any updates. Maybe there is correspondence discussing “step two,” but in too many cases nothing is done. Step two, however, is by far the most important part of the estate planning process.
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Plugged In: WannaCry ransomware - You would cry too if it happened to you

May 31, 2017
Deanna Marquez
While there is no way to completely prevent malware attacks, this strain is a great example of why it is important to ensure your computer is always kept updated. These updates include things such as patches and fixes to the computer’s operating system, security software updates, and anti-virus definition updates as they become available.
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Federal Bar Update: Northern District order changes judicial assignments

May 31, 2017
John Maley
The Northern District of Indiana has implemented new protocols for assignment of cases to judges, both for certain pending cases and for newly filed cases.
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Quick: Get noticed by being the expert in your practice area

May 31, 2017
Jon Quick
The secret to being a lawyer that’s a “go-to” source for legal commentary in the media is simple.
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Student loans cause confusion, affect career choices for new lawyers

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
It was shortly after his 2012 graduation from George Washington University Law School when the realization hit Michael Lux hard: He had a ton of student loan debt to begin paying back to the federal government.
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Hage: Pros and cons of a decade of experience prior to entering law

May 31, 2017
I graduated from law school in December 2015 and sat for the bar exam in February 2016, then continued to work in state government until joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in January of this year. In many ways, I am starting a second career and this has both pros and cons.
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Hammerle On… 'The Dinner,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Colossal' and 'The Circle'

May 31, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle shares his thoughts on four forgettable films in theaters.
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Long Beach seawall dispute goes back to boards

May 30, 2017
A complaint brought by Indiana residents seeking to build seawalls along their lakefront property will not proceed after the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Tuesday the residents must first exhaust their administrative remedies before litigating their complaint.
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Right of first refusal splits Court of Appeals

May 30, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A dispute over contract language divided the Indiana Court of Appeals to the point where judges could not agree whether the case was one of first impression.
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COA: Mom cannot show lead cause of boy’s autism

May 30, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A grandmother failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals her grandson’s developmental disabilities were caused by the lead paint in her rented house rather than by his birth mother’s use of methamphetamine.
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Appellate court reverses domestication of Illinois judgment

May 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has vacated an Indiana trial court’s order domesticating an Illinois trial court’s arbitration judgment, finding such an order was prima facie error.
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COA allows nurse practitioner to testify as expert

May 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Evansville nurse practitioner who has training and licensure beyond that of a nurse, may testify as an expert as to whether a patient’s injuries are consistent with injuries sustained in an automobile accident, but not as to whether the accident caused the injuries, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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