Insights

Breaking news, legislative updates, court decisions, astute observations, helpful tips, and friendly reminders.
On June 21, 2012, partner, Jake Fulcher, will lead the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association in a discussion regarding guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on employer’s use of criminal background checks in making hiring and retention decisions.  In its updated Guidance, the EEOC sets for a recommended best practices for employers in their use...
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On June 7, 2012, KDDK partner Allison K. Comstock presented “Financial Check-up After a Loss” as part of the “Passages” program from Browning Funeral Home.? The seminar covered practical financial steps to take following the loss of a loved one, and estate planning, financial and long term care considerations for the surviving spouse.
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In a recent decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals, it was determined that a hotel owner was liable for the murder of a hotel guest at the hands of a former hotel employee.  In its holding in Santelli v. Rahmatullah, Indiana’s Court of Appeals has made it more important than ever for a landowner...
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On May 29, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated, rejecting a Chapter 11 bankruptcy debtor’s plan which proposed to sell their property free and clear of the Bank’s liens and repay the Bank with the sale proceeds, but failed to permit the Bank to credit-bid at...
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Indiana insureds seeking coverage for environmental claims have long been the beneficiary of court decisions favoring the insured by holding that pollution exclusions are unenforceable in the State of Indiana.  In the March 2012 State Auto. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Flexdar, Inc., 2012 Ind. LEXIS 47 (Ind. 2012) decision, the Indiana Supreme Court, applying a...
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The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (“Department”) completed its statewide, general reassessment of all real property in Indiana on March 1, 2012. This reassessment, the first since March 1, 2002, will have a significant impact on the assessed value of real property in Indiana through its influence on assessor cost tables and individual counties’...
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On March 19, 2012, the Governor of Indiana signed into law an amendment to Indiana statute providing that the duty to pay regular (non-educational) child support ceases at age 19 instead of age 21, effective July 1, 2012. Educational support orders entered after July 1, 2012 can extend beyond age 19 but they must be...
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On February 13, 2012, Allison K. Comstock participated as a panelist speaker for the Evansville Estate and Financial Planning Council.  Allison provided an update on the current federal estate and gift tax environment and potential changes for 2013, the anticipated phase-out of the Indiana Inheritance Tax, and gifting and estate planning opportunities for 2012. For...
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Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board announced it is postponing the implementation date for its new notice-posting rule that requires employers to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The new effective date of the rule is January 31, 2012, a delay in over two months from the original implementation date...
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