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Indiana’s New Class Action Rule Helps Low Income Hoosiers

In late September 2010 the Indiana Supreme Court announced an amendment to Indiana Trial Rule 23, concerning class actions, which goes into effect on January 1, 2011. This amendment added a new subsection (F) concerning the disposition of residual funds from the class action award or settlement, and the most interesting thing about it is that it mandates that a minimum of 25% of those funds go towards funding for pro bono legal assistance for low income Hoosiers. Residual funds can be quite common in class actions, especially consumer class actions, with large classes of people, each of whom has suffered...

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Colleen Anderson and Joshua Anderson injured in hit-and-run

Investigators suspect alcohol was a factor early today in a hit-and-run crash on I-69 that left a Noblesville couple seriously injured. Colleen Anderson, 23, and Joshua Anderson, 24, were taken to an unidentified hospital with serious injuries not believed to be life-threatening, according to IMPD. Read the full article on the IndyStar....

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Kohler Class Action Filed

Read the official filed complaint below: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA SOUTH BEND DIVISION SHEPLER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., AN INDIANA CORPORATION, ON BEHALF OF ITSELF AND ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED, Plaintiff, v, KOHLER CO., A WISCONSIN CORPORATION, Defendant. CASE NO. 3:11-cv-246 AMENDED CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT Plaintiff Shepler Construction Company, Inc. (“Plaintiff” or “Shepler”), by and through its counsel, Starr Austen & Miller, LLP, based upon its individual experience, the investigation of counsel and on information and belief, alleges on behalf of itself and the proposed Plaintiff class defined herein, as follows: I. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 1. Venue is appropriate in the Unites...

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Class Action Alleges UPL

Lawyers use United Financial decision to make their argument. The gift of estate planning services that Portland, Ind., resident Jeffrey G. Corle and his wife received in 2010 seemed at first like a thoughtful and worthwhile investment in their future. The couple felt that way about the gift until questions about Unauthorized Practice of Law began drawing attention away from what the estate planning package offered and focused on what was not included:  adequate lawyer involvement. Now, the Jay County man is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit in the Northern District of Indiana that aims not only to recover the $2,495...

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Gary L. King hits teenager on bicycle

On July 23, 2011, at about 8:00 p.m., Gary L. King struck a fourteen year old boy riding a bike with his car at the intersection of 36th Street and Gladstone Avenue, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The boy, who was riding his bike along with a companion on another bike, allegedly ran a stop sign and made a turn onto 36th Street where he headed into the path of Mr. King’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe. The teen was seriously injured, and was taken to Methodist Hospital in serious but stable condition. His companion on the other bike was not injured in the...

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