Child Services Caseload Lawsuit May Be Thrown Out

Oct 26, 2015
Indiana Department of Child Services /

A judge will decide next year whether a lawsuit over heavy Department of Child Services caseloads should be thrown out.

State law caps the number of cases per worker at 17. DCS acknowledges caseworkers are above that ratio in most of the agency's 19 regions. But the state argues there's 15 years of precedent saying a state law must specifically grant a right to sue, or at least imply one.

House Republican Caucus

A Marion County judge says the House Republican caucus doesn’t have to make lawmaker emails public under Indiana’s open records law. 

Citizen advocacy groups and an energy institute filed a lawsuit against the House GOP caucus and Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) in April after the caucus refused to hand over Koch’s emails involving a solar energy bill. 

House Republicans argue the state’s Access to Public Records Act, or APRA, doesn’t apply to them, while groups such as the Citizens Action Coalition say it should. 

Zoeller Opens State's Playbook For Anti-EPA Lawsuit

Aug 6, 2015
Alan Berning /

Indiana and the other 14 states planning to sue to stop implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new clean air standards have already begun to gameplan how they’ll make their case.

The states sued once before to stop the regulation -- an appeals court ruled they had to wait till the rule was final.

Daniel X. O'Neil /

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the Hoosier State will join a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new water rule. 

The EPA recently finalized a rule broadening the definition of “waters of the United States” – that is, which bodies of water fall under federal regulation.  The term would now include small bodies of water, including streams, ponds, and drainage ditches. 

Gretchen Frazee / WFIU

Financially-embattled Angie‘s List is remaining tight-lipped about another federal class action lawsuit.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia alleges the firm gives better ratings, reviews and exposure to clients that pay more and downplays the negative reviews they may receive.  The Angie‘s List business model is built in part on the integrity and reliability of its business reviews and ratings.

Angie‘s List Spokeswoman Debra DeCourcy says it‘s company policy not to address pending litigation.

Phil Jern /

The ongoing legal battle between the state and computer giant IBM will have its day in front of the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday. 

The state hired IBM in 2006 to modernize its welfare system, signing a ten-year contract worth $1.3 billion. 

But the shift from human case workers to greater automation was beset by reported problems, and three years later Governor Mitch Daniels canceled the contract. 

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: August 29

Aug 29, 2014
Purdue Athletics

Some questions for the inaugural edition of the program:

About the ongoing court battle between the NCAA and athletes who feel they’ve never been fairly compensated for schools using their likenesses: what’s your position generally – do you side with the students or the NCAA?

The latest finding in the case is that schools can pay up to $5,000 per student, per year – so about $20,000 for a four-year athlete. Is that a fair wage?

Joe Gratz /

A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.

The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Indiana is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling ordering the state to recognize one lesbian couple‘s Massachusetts marriage.

Federal Judge Richard L. Young hasn‘t ruled on a bundle of challenges to Indiana‘s gay marriage ban, but he issued a preliminary order six weeks ago ordering the state to recognize one marriage, of a couple where one partner is terminally ill.

He also hasn't ruled on the state‘s request to stay that order, so the state is asking a Chicago appeals court to overturn it.