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Gay-rights bill that leaves out transgender protections advances

January 28, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A Senate committee on Wednesday narrowly advanced a bill that would extend civil rights protections to gay and lesbian Hoosiers but punt the issue of transgender discrimination to a summer study committee, as well as offer religious exemptions for clergy and other groups.
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Settlement restricts placing some mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement

January 27, 2016
IL Staff
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services announced Wednesday the terms of a settlement with the Department of Correction over the treatment of seriously mentally ill prisoners in state correctional facilities.
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Second suit filed in Marion County jail suicides

January 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
The second federal lawsuit in two months has been filed against the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, claiming wrongful death and civil rights violations on behalf of an inmate who committed suicide in the Indianapolis jail two years ago.
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Johnson & Johnson said to pay $120M in its first big mesh settlement

January 27, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Johnson & Johnson has made its first serious move to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by women who fault the company’s vaginal-mesh inserts for their injuries, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Insider traders look to US Supreme Court for redemption

January 27, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Some of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara’s biggest catches in a seven-year insider-trading sweep are clinging to one more hope of clearing their names.
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House panel endorses bill limiting environmental rulemaking

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has narrowly advanced a bill that would prohibit state agencies from enacting environmental rules and standards tougher than federal regulations.
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COA: Survivor benefit plan is a marital asset

January 27, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Ruling on an issue barely touched upon in a previous decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals determined that a survivor benefit plan of a military pension should have been included in the marital pot when calculating asset distribution in a divorce.
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Indiana among states asking for stay of EPA power plant rule

January 27, 2016
IL Staff
A multistate coalition that includes Indiana has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to grant a temporary stay of a new EPA rule requiring existing power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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13 Indiana counties to join Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

January 27, 2016
IL Staff
Thirteen counties will join Indiana’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative this year, which will include 32 counties after the expansion is complete.
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Judge OKs reworked NCAA concussions deal, with changes

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a reworked head-injury settlement between thousands of former athletes and the National Collegiate Athletic Association that includes a $70 million fund to pay for brain trauma testing and limits legal immunity for the nation's largest college sports governing body.
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Indiana man set for release after conviction is overturned

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana man who faced 50 years in prison before the Indiana Supreme Court overturned murder convictions against him and two co-defendants is set for release this week from a state prison.
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Indiana woman gets 50 years in mother's slaying

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A 19-year-old northwest Indiana woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing her mother.
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As drone sales soar, legal and regulatory atmosphere remains turbulent

January 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Attorneys are at the horizon of what could be a new body of law involving drones, some of which could be decided by the courts.
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Attorneys, courts feel drop in bankruptcy filings

January 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Bankruptcy attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg recently described the current state of his practice: “Nobody’s coming into my office; nobody’s calling me; nobody’s paying me.” His loneliness can be tied to the drop in bankruptcy filings. In 2015, petitions nationally fell to 860,182, an 11 percent decline from 2014 and the lowest number of filings since 2007.
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Do-it-yourself dangers

January 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Where there’s a will, there’s a way to do it yourself with Internet services such as LegalZoom, Nolo and Rocket Lawyer. But attorneys say relying on online form providers for long-term financial and estate planning may not be the wisest investment.
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Study commission repeal endangering probate code needs

January 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Since the Probate Code Study Commission was eliminated as part of a 2014 law that reduced the number of interim study committees, certain legislators and attorneys have mounted an effort to get the commission reinstated.
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Specialized courts get boost in State of Judiciary

January 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana's first commercial courts are announced a week after Rush highlights problem-solving approaches in her annual State of the Judiciary address.
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New IU Maurer website targets millennials

January 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
With splashy photographs and abbreviated copy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law has completely revamped its Internet presence to try to get prospective students to take a breather from surfing other law schools’ websites and plunge deeper into what the Bloomington institution has to offer.
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Bills expanding gun carry rights trigger controversies

January 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Concerns from the disparate treatment of minorities who police find in possession of firearms to the threat of domestic violence weighed against two proposals in the Legislature to expand who the state should permit to carry handguns, and where.
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Selby, Ong nominated for federal bench

January 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Even before a confirmation hearing has been gaveled to order or a floor vote scheduled, one nominee to an Indiana vacancy on the federal bench is facing opposition as a home state senator renews his call for a nominating commission.
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Federal Bar Update: Early returns on amended Rules of Civil Procedure

January 27, 2016
John Maley
Significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect to civil cases filed on or after Dec. 1, or to cases already pending to the extent just and practicable. In the first two months of these new rules, it is apparent they are having an immediate impact on federal litigation.
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DTCI: ‘Making a Murderer’ influences perception of judiciary

January 27, 2016
Producers of “Making a Murderer” and other true-crime stories have the ability to influence the public’s perception of an individual’s guilt or innocence, as well as the actions of the attorneys involved, well after a verdict is reached and regardless of the evidence presented in the courtroom.
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Inside the Criminal Case: Immunity and Bill Cosby’s motion to dismiss

January 27, 2016
James Bell, K. Michael Gaerte
On Dec. 30, 2015, comedian Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. These charges stemmed in part from various admissions Mr. Cosby made in a deposition in a civil suit. After learning this news, several thousand criminal defense lawyers scratched their balding heads as they Monday morning quarterbacked the decision to submit Cosby to a deposition.
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Hammerle on …'The Big Short,' 'Carol'

January 27, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "The Big Short" is a reminder of the sometimes amoral nature of our free-enterprise system.
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ABA committee recommends Indiana Tech Law School for accreditation

January 26, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School’s application for provisional accreditation has received support within the American Bar Association.
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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  3. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

  5. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

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