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Work caused your injury? Prove it

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled this week that an amendment passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2006 puts the onus on employees to prove workplace injuries were caused by work conditions and not their existing medical conditions. The unanimous decision affirmed the intent of the Legislature to shift the burden of proof to […]

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Inlow estate must be reimbursed, court rules

The wife of former Conseco Inc. chief counsel Lawrence Inlow has lost a court appeal in which she attempted to prevent money from a wrongful death settlement with the Carmel insurance company from being used to pay for his funeral. The decision means the $248,034 cost of the funeral and burial will be taken from […]

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Court: Property owners on hook for fees

Owners of rental property are responsible for paying sewer fees if their tenants fail to pay the bills, the Indiana Supreme Court said today. Municipalities can transfer delinquent balances to property owners without notice because the owners ultimately are responsible for paying the fees, said the unanimous ruling, which upheld lower court decisions. Pinnacle Properties […]

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Justices: Interest forbidden on workers’ comp

Indiana law doesn’t allow collecting interest on Worker’s Compensation benefits, including past-due medical bills, the Indiana Supreme Court said today. The ruling upheld a 2006 decision by the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board. The board denied a request by a dentist who wanted to charge interest on past-due medical bills incurred by treating a patient who […]

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Indiana Court of Appeals reverses annexation decision:

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision in a northern Indiana annexation case, citing a recent ruling on the subject from the Indiana Supreme Court. In the case, In the Matter of the Annexation Proposed by Ordinance No. 2004-11-38, et al. v. Chris Fetcko, et al., 45A03-0611-CV-549, the city of Crown Point appealed the trial court’s order granting the motion for involuntary dismissal filed by Fetcko and other remonstrators to a city ordinance annexing certain land. Crown…

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Exotic dancer’s comp claim upheld by Indiana court:

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed an injured exotic dancer is entitled to worker’s compensation benefits and remanded with instructions to the Full Worker’s Compensation Board to determine if she is eligible for double compensation and attorney fees because her company did not have worker’s compensation insurance at the time of her injury. In Wholesaler’s Inc. d/b/a Shangri-La v. Angela Hobson, Hobson worked as a dancer at Shangri-La in Fort Wayne. She injured herself Dec. 20, 2001, while performing a…

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Court of Appeals reverses decision over nursing pay: Nurse supervisor disagreed with scale for night shift

The Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 9 that Indiana’s restructured pay plan for nurses is rational and proper, reversing the judgment of the trial court. In Madison State Hospital, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, and State Personnel Department V. Karen L. Ferguson, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s award of relief to Karen Ferguson. Ferguson, a nurse supervisor at Madison State Hospital, and six other nurse supervisors, filed separate complaints with the State Employee Appeals Commission, arguing…

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Scientific work experience gives attorneys a boost: Lab knowledge helpful in intellectual property work

At first thought, people might assume most attorneys have undergraduate degrees in political science or criminal justice. And while many do, those with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, physics, and other sciences are being drawn more and more to law because of the growth of interest from businesses in intellectual property. Some IP attorneys decided to take the leap from working in the science world to the legal one, and those who did it say their time working in a lab…

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