In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

DEC. 4-17, 2013

The alteration the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society made this season to its letters soliciting donations reflects a strategic decision by the nonprofit to go after higher contributions and underscores the need for service organizations of any kind to be aggressive. Midwest firms are forgoing headquarters in favor of autonomy among offices. Food fight! Kraft wins IP lawsuit involving Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores' sales of products in grocery stores.

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Fewer LSATs show reduced undergrad interest in law

The continued drop in the number of people taking the LSAT has brought more worries about the future of law schools; however, many would-be applicants may just be waiting for the economy to improve before they try for admission.

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State, IBM contest $62 million award for canceled welfare contract

Indiana Court of Appeals judges spent the better part of a 90-minute oral argument Nov. 25 focused on whether a trial judge’s order applied the proper legal standards in awarding $62 million to IBM after the state canceled its $1.3 billion contract to overhaul Indiana’s welfare administration.

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Kraft wins in food fight with Cracker Barrel

A federal appeals court ruled recently that savvy consumers might be confused if food branded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store was sold in grocery stores that carry Kraft’s Cracker Barrel brand cheese. Turns out even a law professor who teaches a course on trademarks and unfair competition might be fooled.

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Gallagher: Does USPTO favor an international model?

In the new first-to-file system, the person who filed a patent application first would receive the benefit of getting the 20-year monopoly. However, there appear to be more subtle changes geared toward an international/European model that could substantially affect an inventor’s ability to obtain a patent in the United States, although these changes could be limited in duration.

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Indiana Court Decisions – Nov. 13 to 22, 2013

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Nov. 22 Civil – Robo-Call Statute Patriotic Veterans Inc. v. State of Indiana, et al. 11-3265 The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision by a federal judge that Indiana’s Automated Dialing Machine Statute is preempted by the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The injunction entered against enforcing the […]

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IndyBar: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.

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IndyBar: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.

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