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Court lets IPL rate increases stand

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
An approved rate change for Indianapolis Power & Light customers will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of various advocacy groups on Wednesday.
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Marion County judicial-selection bill headed for conference committee

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill that would establish a merit-based judicial selection system for Marion Superior judges is entering its final phases of negotiation after it cleared the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.
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Taft wins defamation lawsuit in appellate court

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
An Illinois appellate court has affirmed the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP did not defame a private business in a newsletter emailed to clients.
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Gorsuch plagiarism allegations involve Indiana source

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Reports that Neil Gorsuch may have plagiarized legal writings, including one from an Indiana lawyer, broke late Tuesday, adding to the Washington drama over President Donald Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court.
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Amended BMV bill requires hearing on attorney fees award

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to limit the collection of attorney fees in government-related class-action lawsuits is scheduled for a final vote in the Indiana Senate today.
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Johnson County judge temporarily transferred

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Johnson Circuit Court judge will be temporarily transferred to the county’s Superior Court later this month when Superior Judge Cynthia S. Emkes retires.
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Northern Indiana sheriff pleads guilty to intimidation

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff pleaded guilty to an intimidation charge as his trial on bribery and other counts was about to begin.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut solar panel incentives

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press
Much of the financial incentive for installing solar panels would be eliminated under a bill approved by the Indiana House.
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7th Circuit rules Title VII covers sexual orientation

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a landmark ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has found Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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Semifinalists set for second round of Supreme Court interviews

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
From a pool of 20 candidates to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court after Justice Robert Rucker retires, a little over half remain after the first round of interviews with members of the Judicial Nominating Commission last month.
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Fewer offenders paying user fees

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A money crunch hits probation and community corrections departments around Indiana as a result of less offenders paying fees.
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Capp: Work as US attorney ‘an honor and a privilege’

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Valpo Law grad devoted his career as a prosecutor to fighting public corruption.
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20-year-old statute being increasingly used for public-private partnership agreements

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys have noticed use of Indiana Code 5-23, or the Build-Operate-Transfer statute, becoming more popular. Not only is it being used for more public-private partnerships, but it also gives cities and developers a great deal of flexibility in design and implementation.
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Disbarred Merrillville lawyer to face second mail fraud trial

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
The federal government will try again next month to convince a jury that disbarred Merrillville attorney Robert Stochel should be found guilty of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $330,000 from a receivership he administered.
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Carmel attorney reaches his goals with top-rated podcast

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
Since the launch of his franchise-law focused podcast, attorney Josh Brown has added 22 new clients thanks to the publicity the podcast provides.
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Indianapolis officials, landowner lock horns over Brightwood library branch plan

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
Thousands each day drive past a sign on Sherman Avenue near 25th Street in Indianapolis bearing an unequivocal statement of Sheena Schmidt’s sentiments and an irritant for some city officials — a billboard-like placard that reads, “Say no to eminent domain.”
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Dean's Desk: Guarding Legal Services Corp. from Trump budget cuts

April 5, 2017
Andrea D. Lyon
While Legal Services Corp. has been demonized in various ways over the years as troublemakers or leftist political actors, studies tell us that providing access to basic services produces economic benefits for state and local governments.
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Lawyer stands behind his own rollover crash tests courts ruled inadmissible

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
New Albany attorney Dave Scott wanted to prove a point when he strapped himself behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Explorer that was pushed down an embankment, violently rolling over multiple times. Just to be safe, he later buckled into another Explorer that again was sent careening roof over wheels, rolling three times.
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Eye on the Profession: Lawyer succession planning is easier said than done

April 5, 2017
John Trimble
It is fair to say that there may be no hotter topic in the legal world right now than succession planning.
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Start Page: Microsoft Word for the legal profession — format defaults

April 5, 2017
Seth Wilson
Can Microsoft Word help you maintain competence and avoid procrastination? Yes, if you take some time to make your software tools work for you.
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Hammerle on… 'The Shack,' 'Beauty and the Beast'

April 5, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "The Shack" felt like an emotional and moral reawakening.
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David to speak at IU McKinney commencement

April 4, 2017
IL Staff
This year’s commencement ceremony at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will feature a keynote address from Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David.
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Political group takes ‘robocall’ law challenge to SCOTUS

April 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation.
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Supreme Court announces schedule for 2nd round of vacancy interviews

April 4, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will move to the next step in the process of selecting three finalists to fill an impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court during its second round of semifinalists interviews later this month.
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Amid accusations, Senate heads for showdown on Gorsuch

April 4, 2017
 Associated Press
Republican and Democratic senators exchanged bitter accusations Tuesday as they headed toward an explosive confrontation over President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations.
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