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    Meg concentrates her practice in business litigation, attorney ethics, appeals, construction law and media law. Meg has assisted clients and taken leadership roles in litigation in both federal and state courts in claims ...

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BGD’s K. Mulvaney and M. Christensen draft amicus brief in support of decision.

Indiana’s state motto is “the Crossroads of America” and, when it comes to railroad grade crossings, the Hoosier State lives up to its name. With 5,693 grade crossings, Indiana has the highest concentration of grade crossings in the country — one grade crossing for every 17 public-roadway miles in Indiana. See Indiana Dep’t of Transportation, Indiana State Rail Plan, 25, 32, 69-70 (Oct. 2017).

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Background

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an Order establishing the Indiana Commercial Court Pilot Project, and on April 27, 2016, the Court adopted Interim Rules for the administrative handling of cases. Citing “legal consistency” at the time it published Interim Rules, the Supreme Court indicated its view that establishing commercial courts in Indiana ...

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Public access to police body camera or dash camera recordings is a hotly contested topic all around the country, and the Indiana General Assembly recently took steps to clarify the scope of law enforcement’s ability to withhold sensitive footage implicating public safety concerns and the public’s right to view or obtain copies of such footage.

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In a case watched closely by private colleges and universities in Indiana, the Indiana Court of Appeals on March 15 reversed the St. Joseph Superior Court and ruled that the Notre Dame Police Department is a “law enforcement agency” as that term is defined in Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (“APRA”). The Court thus held that police records sought repeatedly by ESPN from ...

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It’s hard to overstate the damage done by Rolling Stone’s failure to pass almost every test of journalistic competence in publishing its article “A Rape on Campus” about the alleged rape of a female student at the University of Virginia.

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As lawyers, we spend our days helping people sort through problems.

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You may not consider sending a “friend request” on Facebook to be a lie, but if you’re not actually friends with someone, it likely violates the professional conduct rules against dishonesty. It might also violate rules against contacting jurors or opposing parties represented by counsel.

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Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Women's Forum congratulate Margaret Christensen on winning a 2014 Inspire Award!

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The Preamble to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct describes a lawyer as “a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.” This heavy charge clearly pertains to the lawyer engaged in the practice of law. But what about the lawyer engaged in business separate from the practice of law—the “off-duty” lawyer?

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One attorney’s “creative” approach to defending his criminal client’s methamphetamine possession charges resulted in a nine-month suspension without automatic reinstatement. In an attempt to prove that an informant was a drug dealer himself, the attorney arranged for two individuals to purchase marijuana from the informant. The attorney informed the individuals that the purchase was above-board. This unorthodox method of impeaching the credibility of a witness didn’t pan out for the client and has possibly ended the attorney’s legal career.

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