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U.S. judge blocks Obamacare tax rule for non-exchange states

September 30, 2014
Bloomberg News
An Oklahoma federal judge dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s health-care law, invalidating IRS rules aimed at making policies affordable for consumers around the country.
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Former workers file suit against state lawmaker

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who was one of nine Republican state senators to vote against a right-to-work law two years ago is accused in a lawsuit of failing to pay his employees more than $220,000 in wages and other benefits.
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The Interview Issue: Peter Rusthoven

September 27, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Why the go-to attorney for Republicans and conservatives is a strict constructionist on the Constitution.
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The Interview Issue: Stanley Kahn

September 27, 2014
Scott Olson
For more than 20 years, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Stanley Kahn was synonymous with lawyer advertising, whether on television, radio or the back cover of the phone book.
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Second suit filed over Wal-Mart PCB contamination

September 25, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff
The class-action suit seeks compensation for any worker injuries resulting from exposure to PCBs discovered in the retailer's return center on the east side.
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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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Report: Indiana high court heard 80 cases in last year

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
The court's annual report says the justices were asked to review 995 cases. Eighty of those cases made it to oral arguments. The justices read thousands of pages of briefs before deciding which cases to hear.
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State's way of paying public defenders debated

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
The state pays the salaries of its judges and prosecutors, but public defenders are paid by counties that are only partially reimbursed for their costs—an approach that some including the executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council want to see changed.
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Angie's List to pay $2.8M in membership-fee settlement

September 23, 2014
Mason King
The settlement stems from a 2012 lawsuit alleging that the consumer-reviews firm renewed members at a higher rate than they were led to believe.
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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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Indiana gun permit applications moving online

September 22, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana State Police are switching to an online gun permitting system that will bring end to the use of paper applications for those permits.
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Hilbert-Menard legal brawl showing no sign of let-up

September 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
A year and a half after John Menard ousted Steve and Tomisue Hilbert as the managers of the private equity firm they all started, attorneys for the two sides continue to fight bitterly for every tactical advantage in a dozen lawsuits between them.
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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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Wal-Mart targeted by lawsuit for local PCB discovery

September 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The complaint stems from the discovery of the carcinogen at a Wal-Mart return center on the east side of Indianapolis. The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of its 600 workers.
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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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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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Local lawyer among first to accept Bitcoin for services

September 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Intellectual property attorney Paul Overhauser's clients are often on the cutting edge of Internet technology, so he decided that in addition to dollars, he'll take digital dough.
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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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