Legal Issues

Judge rules against residents in suit over hog smell

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has ruled state law protects four large hog farms from lawsuits filed by residents of an eastern Indiana county who complained about waste and foul smells from their operations.
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Blood tests for DWI cases costing Hancock County

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
In drunken-driving cases, the same tests prosecutors say have become necessary to successfully convict are also draining an important county budget.
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Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Wisconsin and Indiana's overthrown gay marriage bans are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the states' appeal.
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Hauke accounting firm to pay $1.8M in fraud settlement

July 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
DeWitt & Shrader PC, an Indianapolis-based accounting firm that worked for convicted Ponzi schemer Keenan Hauke, has agreed to settle a state lawsuit, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday.
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Judge blocks ordinance aimed at I-69 work noise

July 21, 2014
Associated Press
Marion County Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise on the project between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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Indiana sues county over I-69 noise ordinance

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is suing the commissioners of a southern Indiana county, saying they have no authority to limit construction of the Interstate 69 extension near Bloomington with an ordinance that restricts overnight noise.
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Ex-HHGregg manager's lawsuit grows into class-action

July 15, 2014
Scott Olson
The lawsuit now includes 62 current and former HHGregg employees who claim they were denied incentive bonuses totaling about $5 million.
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South Bend council rejects smoking ban for bars

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
By a 5-4 vote, South Bend failed to join major Indiana cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne that go further than state law to prohibit smoking inside taverns.
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Court to hear gay marriage arguments in August

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in challenges of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana's on Aug. 13.
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Excise police warn retirement home about social-hour alcohol

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana excise police told Meadowood Retirement Community that it could no longer serve its residents alcohol without a state liquor license from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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Feds putting Comcast-Time Warner deal under close scrutiny

July 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Justice Department has reached out to several major companies as it investigates whether the cable-industry merger is anticompetitive. The deal, if approved, would have big implications in central Indiana.
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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Indiana agencies told to ignore gay marriages

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed last month during three days following a federal court order that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
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INDOT staffer in ethics case seeks new work

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A top Indiana transportation official who is under investigation for land sales that benefited his family is considering taking an executive job at an engineering firm that bids for state work.
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Good Earth avoids $1M judgment over Broad Ripple project

July 2, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments had sought to make the health food store and a Broad Ripple resident post a $925,000 bond to cover costs related to construction delays stemming from an appeal related to the apartment-and-retail project.
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Kentucky same-sex marriage ban tossed by federal judge

July 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Kentucky’s gay-marriage ban was thrown out Tuesday by a federal judge who derided the government’s arguments as “bewildering."
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Ex-Center Township trustee official charged with theft

July 1, 2014
Scott Olson
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former CFO Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville with theft and embezzlement of federal program funds. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
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Supreme Court lets other birth-control cases stand

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law.
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Ex-Center Township Trustee official faces charges

July 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce the arrest of a former public official from the Center Township Trustee’s Office.
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Justices: Some employers don't have to cover birth control

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
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Appeals court stops gay marriage in Indiana

June 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night stopped county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move that throws hundreds of unions performed over the past two days into limbo.
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High court sides with Fifth Third employees in dispute

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with bank employees in a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.
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Gay couples' Indiana celebration could be derailed

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate expect the issue to ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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Aereo court ruling sidesteps cloud-computing questions

June 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
As Aereo Inc.’s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t say.
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NFL agrees to remove $675 million cap on head injuries

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.
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