Legal Issues

Tony Stewart won't face charges in deadly crash

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Officials said Ward was under the influence of marijuana that night "enough to impair judgment."
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Court suspends ex-bar association treasurer's license

September 23, 2014
Dave Stafford
The former treasurer for the Marion County Bar Association has been suspended from the practice of law for a minimum of two years for taking more than $9,100 from the organization.
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Former GIPC leader gets 2 years of home detention

September 19, 2014
Jeff Newman
The former executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee was sentenced to two years of home detention Friday after pleading guilty to four counts of forgery. The plea agreement was approved after Matthew Hendrix turned over a restitution check for $126,356.
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Indiana settles DCS adoption suit for $15 million

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
The state will pay $15.1 million to about 1,800 families who adopted special needs children. The settlement was filed in LaPorte Superior Court on Thursday afternoon and still needs court approval.
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Examiner appointed in HDG Mansur bankruptcy case

September 18, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
An examiner will be appointed to conduct an investigation into the bankruptcies of two affiliates of troubled Indianapolis-based developer HDG Mansur. A judge, for the time being, denied a request to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee or convert the case to a liquidation in Chapter 7.
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Abortion-related complaints filed against doctors

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office filed licensing complaints Wednesday against an Illinois doctor facing misdemeanor charges in Indiana and against three physicians who perform abortions in Indianapolis.
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State Farm denied new trial on $14.5M defamation verdict

September 16, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The $14.5 million defamation verdict awarded against State Farm in favor of a Fishers-based contractor who accused the insurer of defaming him remains in place after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the company's request for a new trial.
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Stay issued in Indiana gay marriage ban case

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.
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Liquidation not needed, developer HDG Mansur tells court

September 15, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Two affiliates of troubled Indianapolis-based developer HDG Mansur oppose requests to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee or convert the case to a liquidation in Chapter 7, saying significant progress has been made toward a plan and global settlement of claims.
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Unauthorized demolition of historic home sparks lawsuit

September 13, 2014
Cory Schouten
Indiana Landmarks is going to court over the unauthorized demolition of a historic home in Fall Creek Place that likely was built in the 1890s.
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Remy to spend $32M to settle patent lawsuit

September 12, 2014
Jeff Newman
Pendleton-based Remy International Inc. has agreed to pay $32 million to settle a patent lawsuit with an Italian manufacturer that was filed in 2008, the company announced late Thursday.
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Paper companies sue over Indianapolis recycling deal

September 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A lawsuit filed by two paper companies and an Indianapolis resident seeks to invalidate a city agreement with Covanta to build a $45 million recycling center.
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Gay marriage backers want high court to step in

September 10, 2014
Associated Press
Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriages alike are trying to persuade the Supreme Court to take up Indiana's case to decide once and for all whether gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states. The court will consider their requests and others Sept. 29.
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Deal may be near in Indiana stage collapse suit

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
A lawsuit filed by victims of the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse appears to be nearing a settlement, more than three years after the fatal accident that killed seven people and injured more than 40.
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Indiana appeals marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

September 9, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal on Tuesday, asking the justices to overturn last week’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declared Indiana’s marriage law unconstitutional.
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Court: IURC erred in approving Duke fee hike

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that state utility regulators wrongly approved $61 million in ratepayer fees for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Court order keeps suspension of vanity plate sales

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can continue suspending sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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Obamacare tax rule that split appeals courts gets rehearing

September 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The full U.S. Court of Appeals will rehear a case on Obamacare tax subsidies, granting a government request in a move that may reduce chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central part of the law.
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UPDATE: Indiana Supreme Court hears right-to-work arguments

September 4, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The state's highest court heard arguments Thursday from an attorney representing labor groups and from the state's solicitor general over whether Indiana's right-to-work law is constitutional.
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NCAA asks for dismissal of 2 scholarship lawsuits

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA and 11 conferences that have played major college football in recent years have filed a motion to dismiss two antitrust lawsuits that accuse the association of illegally capping compensation to athletes.
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Court ruling over gay marriage sparks celebration, confusion

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Supporters of gay marriage celebrated in Indiana on Thursday after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. But many took a cautious approach to the ruling, noting the legal fight is far from over.
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UPDATE: Court rules against gay marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
The unanimous decision from an U.S. appeals court in Chicago found the bans were unconstitutional. The states could ask for a re-hearing at the appeals court or could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Appeals court affirms all but two of Durham's convictions

September 4, 2014
Greg Andrews
The appellate court reduced Tim Durham's felony convictions from 12 to 10 and ordered him resentenced. It said the government, in an "oversight," had failed to submit key evidence related to the two dismissed counts.
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State board settles open meetings suit, admits no guilt

September 4, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
The State Board of Education will pay $15,000 to resolve allegations it used email to circumvent legal requirements.
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Purdue still wants ex-chancellor report kept secret

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University is continuing efforts to keep secret a report about the ouster of the Fort Wayne campus chancellor, even though federal and state judges have ruled it isn't protected by attorney-client privilege.
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