Indiana Senate Approves Increase In Medical Malpractice Payment Cap

By D. Andrew Spalding | March 11, 2016

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – After multiple prior attempts, Indiana lawmakers may have finally reached a consensus to raise the total compensation cap under Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act.  This is the first time the cap will be increased since 1999. The current law permits a total recovery of $1.25 million with a cap of $250,000.00…

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Expungement

By Amanda Jordan | February 23, 2016

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – Having a criminal record could affect job and education opportunities. Indiana law now prohibits employers from asking job and/or licensure candidates generally if they have been convicted of a crime. Instead, employers may only inquire into whether a person has been convicted of a crime which has not been expunged. Upon…

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Recent Developments in Immigration Law

By Katlyn Foust Hunneshagen | January 25, 2016

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – In November 2014 President Barak Obama took bold action to seek immigration reform. Mr. Obama implemented a new program known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and changed guidelines for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   The changes to DAPA would allow,…

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FORBEARANCE AGREEEMENTS…When Litigation is not the Best Alternative

By Jeffery Johnson | February 16, 2015

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – The use of Forbearance Agreements in a loan workout situation has many benefits to both the Lender and the Borrower. What is a Forbearance Agreement: A Forbearance Agreement is a written agreement between the Lender and Borrower whereby the Lender agrees, for a specified period of time to forbear…

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Can An Insurer Be Liable For Bad Faith When There Was No Coverage Available Under The Policy?

By Georgianne Walker | November 4, 2014

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – An insurer denies a claim and the court agrees there is no coverage under the policy. Case closed. Or is it? Can the insured still pursue a tort claim for bad faith against the insurer? The Indiana Court of Appeals has held that an insured’s tort claim for bad…

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What Is Title Insurance and Do I Really Need It?

By Patricia Primmer | October 7, 2014

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – The process of buying or selling a home involves a number of costs to both the buyer and the seller. One of those costs, that generally is a cost of both the seller and the buyer, is title insurance. The question may arise as to what, exactly, am I…

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NDLS Students Argue Cases Before the Seventh Circuit

By Robert Palmer | August 25, 2014

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – Each year several third-year students on the NDLS Moot Court Board write briefs and conduct oral arguments in appointed cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The experience is made possible by the NDLS Seventh Circuit Practice Externship, in which the participants typically write…

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Indiana’s Troubling Firearm Laws as They Relate to Public Schools

By Jeffery Johnson | March 11, 2014

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – The current state of the law in Indiana with regard to possession of firearms in relation to our public schools would surprise many citizens and it is about to get even more troubling. Understandably and sensibly, currently, under Indiana law it is a Class D felony to possess a…

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EMBEZZLEMENT – Theft From Within Your Own Business. How To Detect And Protect Against This Crime

By Jeffery Johnson | January 27, 2013

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – Unlike many crimes, embezzlement is difficult to uncover and its targets may be victimized over the course of several years without even knowing that they are victims.  And to make matters worse, embezzlement is most often committed by a friend, colleague or trusted employee of the victim. Losses associated with…

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