In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JUNE 26-JULY 9, 2019

A year after their accusations against Attorney General Curtis Hill became public, four women who accuse him of sexual misconduct have sued him and the state in federal court. From scooters to hemp, IL looks at key legislation that passed the General Assembly and the comprehensive list of new laws for 2019. Meanwhile, questions linger about the safety of the proposed Marion County Justice Center and the investigation into the shooting of two judges from Clark County.

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Photo feature: Strawberry Festival fun

Hoosier attorneys step out of the office to help dish out strawberry shortcake on Monument Circle during the 54th annual Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival on June 13.

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Zipping into statutes: Overview of new laws for 2019

Although the $34 billion budget dominated the session, legislators introduced and considered more than 600 bills each in both the Senate and the House. The ones they passed covered a variety of matters, including hate crimes, hemp, gambling, foster parents, electricity generation and, of course, electric scooters.

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New laws for 2019

The following enrolled acts, followed in parentheses by their corresponding public law numbers, take effect July 1 unless otherwise noted below.

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Internet of things in manufacturing creates new data, cybersecurity questions

These are the days of manufacturing 4.0, the name of the fourth industrial revolution marked by connectivity among the devices that keep a factory running. In an “internet of things” world, the industrial internet of things allows plant machinery and products to talk to each other and provide real-time data and updates on how the equipment is operating and how the products are functioning out in the market, creating new challenges for lawyers.

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IndyBar: What Do You Do When the Custodial Parent Passes?

It’s a phone call or email that no family law attorney wants to hear in a divorce case — that the custodial parent has passed away in a case where the noncustodial parent had supervised parenting time. Apart from your own personal reaction, there are questions whirling through your mind — does custody automatically transfer to the other parent? Even if their parenting time was restricted? What action do I need to take regarding the custody of the child?

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IndyBar: An Impact Fund Grant Truly Making an Impact

In 2018, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) awarded its $50,000 Impact Fund Grant to Indiana Legal Services (ILS), an outstanding organization that provides legal services to the poor and indigent. Recently, ILS attorney Michael Hurst reported the group’s progress and use of that grant to create a new program to help people avoid eviction.

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DTCI Letter to the Editor: Scope of discovery standard revisited

The Sedona Conference was delighted to be cited in David Beach and Ryan Cook’s timely article “DTCI: The Scope of Discovery Standard — Is It Time for an Update?” (May 29, 2019). Indeed we agree that the explosion of information and information sources and the rapid technological advancements have markedly changed the complexity of discovery.

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