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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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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.

As revealed by the subsequent review by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Rolling Stone failed to follow the most basic ...

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As lawyers, we spend our days helping people sort through problems. Some of us represent clients charged with misconduct or illegal action, while others perform transactional work, seeking to help clients put their deals together in a way so as to avoid trouble. At times, lawyers find themselves being scrutinized; after all, we are not infallible. In “The Top Ten: A Summary of Recent ...

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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!

The Inspire Awards, presented by College Mentors for Kids, recognizes outstanding mentors in seven categories. Christensen, who was nominated in the accounting, legal and finance category, is an associate in the firm's litigation ...

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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 ...

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An Indiana attorney was recently suspended from practice for 90 days with automatic reinstatement after admitting to four counts of misconduct, including neglecting client’s cases, failing to do the work for which he was hired, failing to respond to clients’ requests for information and failing to inform them of the status of their cases. Additionally, the attorney improperly ...

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