March 2, 2015

Anthem Data Breach and Concerns About Fraudulent Tax Returns

By: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney Identity theft has a lasting impact on consumers. Approximately 80 million people were immediately faced with the reality of identity theft after the nation’s second-largest health insurer, Anthem, announced a massive data breach of its computer system on February 4, 2015. Thieves stole customer names, birthdates, social security numbers, addresses,… Continue Reading »

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February 9, 2015

To Report or Not to Report: That is the Question (Part I)

By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney I help cover the Indiana State Bar Association’s Ethics Hotline, and one of the questions I get most often is a question like this: “My opposing counsel did X. Do I have a duty to report to the Disciplinary Commission?” Sometime the “X” isn’t an ethics violation at all, which… Continue Reading »

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January 7, 2015


By: Gregory L. Laker, Attorney It has been extensively reported that General Motors Co. (GM) has recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to ignition switch problems that can cause vehicles to “slip from ‘run’ to ‘accessory’ or ‘off’ positions while being driven.” The Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce even conducted an investigation and prepared a… Continue Reading »

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January 2, 2015

FDA Releases Rules and Requirements for Compounding Pharmacies

By: Jeff S. Gibson, Attorney Tainted steroid injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in 2012 cast a spotlight on compounding pharmacies and raised alarms. Hundreds of people across the United States were sickened and 64 people died after being exposed to fungal meningitis through contaminated steroid injections. The public demanded answers from the… Continue Reading »

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December 3, 2014

Hip Replacements Gone Wrong: Lawsuits & Settlements

By: Jeff S. Gibson, Attorney The pharmaceutical and medical device industry seems to be on an endless search for the next advancement to improve patient care and quality of life. Whether existing designs are significantly altered by the addition of new materials or new products are created, the FDA continues its oversight of these devices… Continue Reading »

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November 6, 2014

Takata Corporation and the Case of the Exploding Airbags

by: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney In 1998, a law was passed that required all cars and light trucks sold in the United States to have air bags on both sides of the front seat to help protect passengers from injuries in the event of an accident. No doubt countless lives have been saved by these… Continue Reading »

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October 14, 2014

SPOTLIGHT ON SAFETY: Another MegaBus crash

by: Daniel S. Chamberlain, Attorney MegaBus, a regional passenger bus carrier based out of Chicago, crashed this morning south of Indianapolis.  Numerous serious injuries were reported.   MegaBus operates as six separate entities spread across the United States, but also touts an international presence in Canada and Europe.  The Chicago based affiliate operates 42 behemoth double… Continue Reading »

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September 10, 2014

Indiana Supreme Court Reaffirms Separate Indiana Summary Judgment Standard

By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney Two and a half years ago, I wrote a blog article wondering whether a decision from the Court of Appeals signaled a change in Indiana’s summary judgment standard.  Now we have the answer.  In a unanimous decision in Hughley v. State, which Indiana’s Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote, the Indiana… Continue Reading »

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September 8, 2014

Protect Your Family Woodlands or Farm for Future Generations

by: Richard M. Malad, Attorney You own a piece of land with woods and tillable acreage that you bought because you enjoy the outdoors and everything that goes along with it. After some years it becomes a huge part of your life– an outdoor recreational opportunity that you share with your family and friends. Friends… Continue Reading »

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August 25, 2014

Indiana Ethics Rule Could Hit You Where You Live – Literally

by: Arend J. Abel, Attorney Any lawyer who pays attention to legal ethics issues in Indiana by now has heard of In re Anonymous. 6 N.E.3d 903 (2014).  The most widely talked about aspect of the case was the fact that the disciplined lawyer was somehow caught off-guard because he sought out legal advice and… Continue Reading »

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