This Week
  • By: Aaron C. Medley J.D. Candidate, 2015 Valparaiso University Law School Surely practicing attorneys will agree that sometimes the most frustrating participants in the courtroom are not the clients or opposing counsel, but the judges overseeing the litigation. There are many rules that control how parties file complaints, defenses, and motions in our nations courts. However, with so many rules […]

    Cannot Bite the Apple Twice: The Doctrine of Unique Circumstances

    By: Aaron C. Medley J.D. Candidate, 2015 Valparaiso University Law School Surely practicing attorneys will agree that sometimes the most frustrating participants in the courtroom are not the clients or opposing counsel, but the judges overseeing the litigation. There are many rules that control how parties file complaints, defenses, and motions in our nations courts. However, with so many rules […]

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  • By: Jonathan Joseph, CPA Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 This week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reinforced the precedent that employees of an independent contractor cannot obtain damages from the owner of the premises from which the contractor was working. The Court explicitly states that this statement is true even when someone engages an independent contractor […]

    Of Course It Was Unsafe!

    By: Jonathan Joseph, CPA Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 This week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reinforced the precedent that employees of an independent contractor cannot obtain damages from the owner of the premises from which the contractor was working. The Court explicitly states that this statement is true even when someone engages an independent contractor […]

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  • By: John Acosta Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 What is a search warrant? A search warrant is a document, issued by a court, which permits law enforcement to search a specific place or thing,  all of which are protected by the Fourth Amendment. Is a search warrant always necessary? According to a recent decision from the Supreme Court […]

    The Warrant Requirement

    By: John Acosta Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 What is a search warrant? A search warrant is a document, issued by a court, which permits law enforcement to search a specific place or thing,  all of which are protected by the Fourth Amendment. Is a search warrant always necessary? According to a recent decision from the Supreme Court […]

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  • On September 3, the Southern District of Indiana granted summary judgment for the defendants in Butler v. Balkamp Inc., a patent case.   Cars and car parts are a huge part of the Indiana economy, so it’s no surprise that this rare Hoosier patent case is automotive-related. The patent in suit was D500,646, a design patent for a tool handle to […]

    Auto Parts and Egyptian Goddesses: Another Design Patent Bites the Dust

    On September 3, the Southern District of Indiana granted summary judgment for the defendants in Butler v. Balkamp Inc., a patent case.   Cars and car parts are a huge part of the Indiana economy, so it’s no surprise that this rare Hoosier patent case is automotive-related. The patent in suit was D500,646, a design patent for a tool handle to […]

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  • By: Alex Steciuch Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2015 Arbitration clauses are everywhere in our life today. They are considered standard in most contracts and almost all end user agreements people agree to regularly for services include them. If you have a dispute with a company or service provider and you have agreed to an arbitration clause, instead of going […]

    Arbitration Clauses: Not Immune to 1L Contract Principles

    By: Alex Steciuch Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2015 Arbitration clauses are everywhere in our life today. They are considered standard in most contracts and almost all end user agreements people agree to regularly for services include them. If you have a dispute with a company or service provider and you have agreed to an arbitration clause, instead of going […]

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Recent Posts
  • Faith Alvarez Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2015 Indiana’s “Right to Work” law has been in news headlines a lot lately, particularly last week’s headlines, which generally read “Federal Court Upholds Indiana’s Right to Work Law”.  But wait, isn’t Indiana’s Right to Work law being challenged on state constitutional grounds? What role is the federal government playing? There are […]

    Love Triangle: State Constitution, Federal Labor Law, and Indiana’s Right to Work

    Faith Alvarez Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2015 Indiana’s “Right to Work” law has been in news headlines a lot lately, particularly last week’s headlines, which generally read “Federal Court Upholds Indiana’s Right to Work Law”.  But wait, isn’t Indiana’s Right to Work law being challenged on state constitutional grounds? What role is the federal government playing? There are […]

  • By: Jonathan Joseph CPA Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 In the administrative adjudication world, the facts of the individual case being heard matter greatly. However, procedure may matter even more, especially when seeking review by a U.S. court. A person must exhaust all administrative remedies available to him or her before seeking review by the court; otherwise, an […]

    The Importance of Administrative Exhaustion

    By: Jonathan Joseph CPA Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 In the administrative adjudication world, the facts of the individual case being heard matter greatly. However, procedure may matter even more, especially when seeking review by a U.S. court. A person must exhaust all administrative remedies available to him or her before seeking review by the court; otherwise, an […]

  • By: Anjelica Violi Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 This slowly emerging national trend has been sparking a debate in the legal world. While a growing number of law schools offer alternative Master’s programs in law, some practicing attorneys wonder if these new “legal degrees” are credible. Many attorneys are concerned about the job market for non-J.D. holding graduates […]

    Alternatives to a J.D.? The Rise of Degrees Designed for Non-Lawyers

    By: Anjelica Violi Valparaiso University Law School J.D. Candidate, 2016 This slowly emerging national trend has been sparking a debate in the legal world. While a growing number of law schools offer alternative Master’s programs in law, some practicing attorneys wonder if these new “legal degrees” are credible. Many attorneys are concerned about the job market for non-J.D. holding graduates […]

  • By: Andrew Kitchel J.D. Candidate, 2016 Coffee lovers in the Seventh Circuit will be happy to hear the Court ruled last week that the Southern District of Illinois erred in refusing to certify the Plaintiff’s class and granting Sturm Food’s summary judgment. The avid coffee drinker’s dream came true in 2004 when Keurig released its single cup coffee maker for […]

    Sturm Food’s Brews up a Cup of Lies.

    By: Andrew Kitchel J.D. Candidate, 2016 Coffee lovers in the Seventh Circuit will be happy to hear the Court ruled last week that the Southern District of Illinois erred in refusing to certify the Plaintiff’s class and granting Sturm Food’s summary judgment. The avid coffee drinker’s dream came true in 2004 when Keurig released its single cup coffee maker for […]

  • By: Andrea J. LaMontagne J.D. Candidate, 2016 The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was faced with a challenge on September 3, 2014, when Defendant Christopher Cross brought a claim of double jeopardy (Article 1, Section 14) when the trial court imposed a sentence on him for failing to properly gain a permit for his handgun and for the possession of […]

    Caught in the Cross-Fire: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Reconsiders Fire Arms Sentence Enhancements

    By: Andrea J. LaMontagne J.D. Candidate, 2016 The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was faced with a challenge on September 3, 2014, when Defendant Christopher Cross brought a claim of double jeopardy (Article 1, Section 14) when the trial court imposed a sentence on him for failing to properly gain a permit for his handgun and for the possession of […]

  • The Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Green Bay.  Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Dual Freq. On August 29, the Seventh Circuit rejected a local environmental group’s effort to block the renewal of the Title V emissions permit for a large paper mill in Wisconsin.  The basic question might have arisen in almost any Rust Belt town: when a plant is overhauled […]

    Everything New is Old Again: 7th Circuit Upholds EPA Stance on Emission Baselines for Overhauled Equipment

    The Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Green Bay.  Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Dual Freq. On August 29, the Seventh Circuit rejected a local environmental group’s effort to block the renewal of the Title V emissions permit for a large paper mill in Wisconsin.  The basic question might have arisen in almost any Rust Belt town: when a plant is overhauled […]