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SWAT busted in 'disturbing' Evansville home raid

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
A violent, destructive and ultimately misguided SWAT team search of an Evansville home captured on helmet-cam video was “disturbing” and “cannot have helped race relations in Evansville,” a federal appeals court said July 31.
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Lawyer runs 155 miles through the Gobi Desert

August 12, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
In June, 53-year-old David McAvoy not only marked his 25th year working at Eli Lilly, he also participated in a 155-mile race through the largest desert region in Asia: the Gobi Desert.
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‘Good lawyering’ echoes through memorable career

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In recognition of his dedication to the practice of law, colleagues on the bench and bar have selected attorney Donald Ward as the 2015 Indiana Bar Foundation Legendary Lawyer.
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Merger fever strikes

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The handful of Hoosier law firms that combined during the last two years highlight a pair of emerging trends of interest to those who watch law firm merger and acquisition activity.
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Job market somewhat improved for law school grads

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The National Association for Law Placement’s new analysis of the job market heralded the first rise in the employment rate in eight years for new law school graduates. However, the uptick comes with two caveats.
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Long wait for cold beer decision not unusual

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit heard oral arguments Jan. 7, 2015, in the lawsuit challenging the state’s prohibition against convenience stores selling beer cold.
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Insurer off hook in Indy strip club shooting

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
A company that insured a westside Indianapolis strip club has no coverage duty for a patron who was shot in the face after an altercation outside the club three years ago, a federal judge has ruled.
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Concerns with supervised release conditions

August 12, 2015
James Bell, K. Michael Gaerte
The 7th Circuit has issued a series of additional opinions, shedding more light on the goals, scope and limitations of conditional release.
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Start Page: Scanning solutions

August 12, 2015
Seth Wilson
Mobile device scanning doesn’t take long to learn and helps when you wish you had a copy machine nearby.
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DTCI: Use of multidistrict litigation continues to rise

August 12, 2015
Christopher Lee
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is charged with creating new MDLs by consolidating related cases pending in federal courts, transferring new cases to existing MDLs, and remanding old cases to their transferor courts once the transferee courts have completed their work.
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Lawyer do's and don'ts on social media

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
Lawyers who are LinkedIn and friendly with Facebook face heightened scrutiny of their social media content.
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Paralegal registry seen as benefit for legal community

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
After nearly two decades of effort, Indiana has joined a growing list of states that are offering paralegals a certification that enables them to distinguish themselves in a field that has few mandatory requirements.
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Today’s battle over streaming and videos

August 12, 2015
Craig Pinkus
Copyright protection is recognized in the Constitution, and the Act preempts all state laws creating the same or equivalent rights. But it doesn’t preempt protection for recordings made before 1972 under state statutes or common law until 2067.
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Rush to highlight e-filing in Hamilton County

August 11, 2015
IL Staff
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush will meet with Hamilton County court staff, clerks, judges and attorneys Wednesday morning to congratulate them on being the first county to implement e-filing as part of a statewide measure.
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Class-action members did not show illnesses were caused by same meals

August 11, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although several Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. members who visited Indianapolis in 2013 all reported symptoms much like those caused by food poisoning, the Indiana Court of Appeals denied class certification, ruling the individuals did not specifically link their illnesses to the chicken served at lunch and dinner.
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Indiana man wins $3 million wrongful conviction settlement

August 11, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man who spent more than three years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of breaking into Frankton High School and setting it on fire will receive one of the largest wrongful conviction settlements ever in Indiana, his attorneys announced Tuesday.
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Trial court erred in denying dad custody vs. contemptuous mom

August 11, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals bluntly reversed denial of a father’s petition for primary custody of his children, finding their mother undermined him and deprived him of court-ordered visitation.
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Officer’s ‘Where’s the gun?’ question properly admitted in shooter’s trial

August 11, 2015
Dave Stafford
A suspect who fled the scene of a Lafayette shooting and later was found with ammunition in his shirt pocket was not prejudiced when a police officer asked, “Where’s the gun?”
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Appeal raises ire of 7th Circuit

August 10, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A southern Indiana couple who tried to stop the sale of their property to satisfy delinquent state and federal taxes was unsuccessful. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals described the merits of their appeal as “feeble.&rdquo
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Eli Lilly wins first trial over antidepressant ‘brain zaps’

August 10, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. isn’t liable for withdrawal symptoms including so-called brain zaps experienced by a woman after she quit the antidepressant Cymbalta, a federal jury said.
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Judge cuts amount diocese must pay ex-teacher to $403,608

August 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Fort Wayne has reduced to $403,608 the amount a Roman Catholic diocese must pay a former northern Indiana teacher who was fired after undergoing fertilization treatment.
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Feds detail why they want Armstrong medical records

August 10, 2015
 Associated Press
The federal government says it wants Lance Armstrong’s medical records from his 1996 cancer treatments because they could prove just how far he was willing to go to conceal performance-enhancing drug use from the public and his sponsors.
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7th Circuit rejects Indiana appeal of EPA ruling

August 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indiana had standing to appeal EPA approval of a change in how Illinois monitors for auto emissions, but the state failed to show the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision was arbitrary and capricious, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Letter to victim’s mother supports lesser misdemeanor charge

August 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A defendant’s rambling letter to a victim’s mother was not enough to uphold his convictions for attempted obstruction of justice and invasion of privacy, but it was sufficient to support a lesser charge.
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Pawnshop owner not victim of prosecutorial misconduct

August 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A prosecutor’s comments to a witness about what would have been helpful did not shift the burden of producing evidence onto the defendant, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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  5. 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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