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A group of Indiana residents trying to force the state to allow all Hoosier voters to cast mail-in ballots this year have their day in a federal appeals court Wednesday.

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Hoosier voters will be able to go to court this fall to ask for polls to stay open longer if there are problems on Election Day.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is suing to stop a strike by graduate-student instructors after they voted to extend their walkout. The lawsuit, filed Monday, seeks an injunction that would stop the strike by the Graduate Employees’ Organization, which represents 2,000 graduate-student instructors and graduate-student assistants. The university said a strike is illegal under the contract. The strike began Sept. 8. Union members said the university isn’t doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Indiana religious conservative groups lost again in court Thursday in their multi-year legal battle to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Lawsuit Filed In St. Joseph County Over Hand Sanitizer

Aug 31, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman has filed a lawsuit against the distributor of a recalled hand sanitizer alleging her children had severe side effects. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in St. Joseph County, seeks penalties. The lawsuit names 4e Brands North America, a Texas distributor of Blumen hand sanitizer, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found contains toxic methanol. The company issued a voluntary recall in July. The lawsuit seeks class action status. The company didn't return a message Sunday seeking comment.

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MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — A group of teachers at a northern Indiana elementary school who were struck and injured last year by plastic pellets during an active shooter training drill are suing local police, accusing them of using excessive force during what the lawsuit calls the “Execution Style Drill.” The federal lawsuit was filed last week by eight teachers who taught at Meadowlawn Elementary School in Monticello at the time of the January 2019 incident. It names as defendants the White County Sheriff’s Department, four deputies and the department’s current and former sheriff.

Judge Denies Vote-By-Mail Expansion In Indiana

Aug 22, 2020
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A federal judge won’t force Indiana to expand vote-by-mail for this fall’s election. A group of Hoosier voters filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Election Commission after Republican commission members refused to allow any Hoosier who wanted to vote by mail to cast a ballot that way for the 2020 general election. The commission did expand vote-by-mail for the June primary, due to the pandemic. Judge James Patrick Hanlon ruled that while the Constitution guarantees the right to vote, it does not guarantee the right to vote by mail.

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The court battle over an Indiana law that requires women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion is over.

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UNDATED (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists have asked a federal judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause. A lawsuit filed on their behalf Tuesday says the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights.  Hours before three July executions, troopers cut off public roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Common Cause Indiana and the Indiana NAACP are suing Indiana in federal court over what they say is its “unjustifiably early” deadline to return absentee vote-by-mail ballots.

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Unions representing workers at 10 chicken processing plants in six states are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to challenge a policy that allows companies to increase production speeds that the unions say puts workers at risk. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and local unions representing plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Missouri joined with nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to file the lawsuit in federal court in Washington.

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Four women who accuse Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct are suing the Republican official in state court after their federal case has been, so far, unsuccessful.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against the University of Notre Dame by the parents of a student who was severely injured in a 30-foot fall in a stairwell during a 2019 party. The lawsuit filed in St. Joseph County, Indiana by Stephen and Debbie Tennant of Gurnee, Illinois, claims the university put their son, Sean, at risk by condoning a "quasi-fraternity atmosphere” at an on-campus residence hall.

Indiana Archdiocese Sued Over Liability Insurance Response

Jul 15, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An insurance company is suing the Indianapolis archdiocese, alleging that it failed to disclose allegations of child sexual abuse by a Catholic priest when it applied for liability insurance. Underwriters for Lloyd's of London contends in its federal lawsuit that when the archdiocese applied for excess sexual misconduct liability insurance in June 2019 it failed to disclose abuse allegations against Rev. David J. Marcotte reported months before. The Indianapolis Star reports that the suit asks a judge to rescind the insurance policy and render it void.

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Indiana's two largest public universities are throwing their support behind a lawsuit challenging a new federal student visa policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Zen Buddhist priest wants a federal judge to stop the execution of a death row inmate he’s been counseling and argues he'd be put at high risk for the coronavirus if the execution happens this month. Dale Hartkemeyer says he must attend the execution as a spiritual guide. He filed a lawsuit Thursday in Indiana. He wants a court to delay Wesley Ira Purkey’s execution until a coronavirus vaccine is available or there’s an effective treatment. Purkey is among four federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed in July and August.

Indianapolis Sued To Stop Use Of Tear Gas In Protests

Jun 18, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters who were met with tear gas and other weapons by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department while demonstrating against police brutality sued the city Thursday to halt the use of the chemical agents and projectiles. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Indy10 Black Lives Matter and individual protesters by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. It argues that the use of chemical agents and projectiles for crowd control violates the First Amendment.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer maintains the Indiana attorney general’s office is trying to stymie a court fight over whether Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill can be ousted from office while his law license remains suspended until next week for groping four women. No action has been taken on the lawsuit filed last month after Hill began a 30-day suspension ordered by the state Supreme Court. Lawyer William Groth says the attorney general’s office objected to his motion for a speedy ruling and slowed down the process of selecting a new judge after the original one stepped down.

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DETROIT (AP) — The governor of Michigan has won a high-stakes challenge by Republican lawmakers who sued over her authority to declare emergencies and order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. A judge says a 1945 law cited by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can be used and is not limited to regional emergencies. The lawsuit from the House and Senate grew out of frustration with Whitmer’s one-size strategy to stop the spread of the coronavirus. People have been told to stay home, and businesses have been shut down. Whitmer has been easing the restrictions.

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Four Indianapolis residents have filed a lawsuit trying to get Attorney General Curtis Hill permanently ousted from his position.

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A Michigan Court of Claims judge could decide as soon as this week whether the state of emergency declared by Governor Whitmer is invalid.

Michigan Settles Suit After Landmark Right To Read Ruling

May 14, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the plaintiffs announced the agreement early Thursday. They say the settlement "will help secure the right of access to literacy for students in Detroit who faced obstacles they never should have faced." Details of the agreement will be released later Thursday.

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A class action complaint has been filed against the Indiana University Board of Trustees for COVID-19 related tuition reimbursements. 

The complaint was filed May 6, by Indianapolis-based Cox Law Office and Charleston, South Carolina-based Anastopoulo Law Firm in the Monroe County Circuit Court. 

The plaintiff is Justin Spiegel, an undergraduate student on the Bloomington campus from Illinois studying informatics, according to the complaint. 

Michigan Legislature Sues To Block Whitmer's Virus Orders

May 6, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature has sued Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, asking a judge to declare invalid and unenforceable her stay-at-home order and other measures issued to combat the coronavirus. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says a 1945 law giving the governor broad emergency powers governs local, not statewide, declarations like one in place since March. The suit also says a 1976 law gives Whitmer emergency authority only for a limited period that expired.

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A group dedicated to pursuing vote-by-mail for every Hoosier in every election is suing the state to help make that a reality this fall.

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Erosion along Lake Michigan is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Indiana. While some want to build barriers to protect their property along the lake, others want to block those efforts.

Elkhart Eyes $500K For Suit Over Overturned Conviction

Mar 21, 2020
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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is weighing spending another $500,000 to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by a man whose attempted murder conviction was thrown out because prosecutors didn't disclose that the state’s sole eyewitness underwent hypnosis to sharpen his memory.

The Elkhart City Council gave the $500,000 appropriation request its first reading on Monday. The funding would help pay Elkhart's legal fees in a lawsuit filed by Mack Sims.

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OGDEN DUNES, Ind.  — An Indiana community along Lake Michigan has filed a federal lawsuit over its battle with shoreline erosion.

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DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually assaulted in prison while housed with adults.

The deal closes years of litigation.

The lawsuit accused the Corrections Department of failing to prevent the assaults.

The department had denied the allegations and aggressively fought the lawsuit.

But Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the settlement allows the state to "move forward and brings closure for the inmates.”

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