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Indiana Supreme Court Decision – Ruled In Client’s Favor – May 11, 2017

The Supreme Court agreed to hear Oral Arguments on March 9, 1017, at which Michael E. Polen, Jr. represented the Plaintiff’s interest, which originated from the trial court case. On May 11, 2017 we recieved the decision. For full article click here.

Attorney Carla K. Pyle, Presenter at the National Business Institute Seminar:  Estate Administration Procedures – Why Each Step Is Important

South Bend, Indiana – May 8, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana – May 11, 2017

Properly administer estates by knowing the “why” behind the procedures. For full article click here.

Indiana Supreme Court Comes To Lake County – Oral Arguments March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017 was an exciting day for our office. The Supreme Court of Indiana heard Oral Arguments in regard to one of our cases where our plaintiff was awarded $2 million in damages. For full article click here.

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NWI Times Article

Attorney Carla K. Pyle, Presenter at the National Business Institute Seminar: Estate Planning, November 14, 2016

National Business Institute Seminar Planning: November 14, 2016 – Register Today.

Estate Planning: Portability, Basis, Income and Capital Gains Tax, and more. Take advantage of the most effective planning strategies in the practice. For full article click here.

Appeals court affirms Smith’s felony conviction to a misdemeanor

Attorney For Appellee:  Adam J. Sedia, Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer & Polen

The State appeals the grant of Wallace Irvin Smith, III’s petition for alternative
misdemeanor sentencing. The State presents two issues for our review, which
we restate as: For full article click here

Congratulations to Attorney Kenneth M. Wilk!

He just received an Award from the Dyer Chamber of Commerce for Business Person Of the Year 2015.

Congratulations to Attorney Adam J. Sedia!

Congratulations to Adam J. Sedia on being elected President, Lake County Bar Association, January, 2016.

Jon Remijas an Attorney in the Offices of Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer & Polen filed suit as Local Counsel on behalf of the Gibbs Law Firm of Texas who has been a longtime Associate of the Rubino Ruman firm.

by MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA POSTED: 10/22/2015, 09:44PM

Several women who charge they were sexually abused, harassed or touched by the former president of a controversial Oak Brook-based religious and home-schooling organization filed a personal injury lawsuit against the group this week, seeking damages.

The suit filed Tuesday against the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its directors alleges the five plaintiffs were “victim of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and inappropriate/unauthorized touching, many times while they were minors, at the hand of IBLP . . . and suffered.” For full article click here

Is The Act Of God Defense Still Viable In Indiana?

by Adam Sedia  for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association VERDICT, Vol. 38 No. 3

I. Introduction

“[W]ith God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26. What happens, then, when a defendant asserts an Act of God defense? Has he named the Almighty Himself as a nonparty? How can a plaintiff prove that God is not responsible as a nonparty?

Humorous though the inquiry may seem, it nevertheless presents a problem for plaintiffs. Injecting the language of the supernatural into the trial process seems to provide an unfair advantage to the defense. On the surface, it appears to permit defense counsel to argue that the jurors can disbelieve the testimonial and scientific evidence if they find intervention on behalf of an omnipresent, omnipotent force. In any venue, more than one person of faith is likely to sit on a jury, and the language of divinity in the jury instructions can create confusion to the plaintiff’s disadvantage. Thus, it is important to counter the defense before it rests in the jury’s hands. For full article click here

Congratulations to Attorney Terrence M. Rubino!

Congratulations to Terrence Rubino on being elected as an Attorney Member of the Lake County Judicial Nominating Committee!  This Commission consists of the Chief Justice of Indiana (or her designee), 4 non-lawyers appointed by the commissioners, and 4 lawyers elected by the Bar Association. The lawyers who live in Lake County elected him as a member. It’s a four-year term, and the Commission only meets when there’s a vacancy in the Superior Court. The Commission takes applications, conducts interviews, and sends a list of 3 finalists to the governor, who selects the judge from that list. September, 2015.

DCS employees sue agency over claims of unpaid overtime

Two Indiana Department of Child Services employees paint a dismal picture of life as an investigator for the state agency.  In federal court records filed last month, Arlene Nunez and Veronica Martinez claim they are forced to work during their lunch hours, rarely get five hours of continuous sleep during on-call shifts and spend extensive time outside of regular work hours responding to emergencies, conducting investigations and writing reports — all without receiving earned overtime pay. For full article click here

Judge allows woman’s suit over jail miscarriage to proceed

A federal judge has ruled that a northern Indiana woman can proceed with her lawsuit alleging negligence in a miscarriage she suffered while in custody. Nakehba Hooper sued a former Porter County sheriff, the jail’s warden, the county’s commissioners, the medical company that contracts with the jail, and five jail officers. For full article click here

Lake politicians say state ethics law violates their free speech rights

2012 Indiana law that bans elected officials from working for the cities and counties they represent takes aim at improving ethics in local government. But now six elected officials and one political candidate in Lake County argue the law goes too far and chokes their First Amendment free speech rights. For full article click here

Candidates seek to overturn Indiana’s anti-nepotism law

Seven region residents asked a federal judge Tuesday to overturn an Indiana law that bars them from working for their municipalities in which they’re seeking public office. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court says Indiana’s anti-nepotism law, which was passed in 2012, violates their rights under the Indiana and U.S. constitutions. For full article click here

Lake politicians say state ethics law violates their free speech rights

A 2012 Indiana law that bans elected officials from working for the cities and counties they represent takes aim at improving ethics in local government. But now six elected officials and one political candidate in Lake County argue the law goes too far and chokes their First Amendment free speech rights.”To tell me that it’s not my right to voice my opinion and pursue both careers — it’s ludicrous,” Hammond City Council President Michael Opinker said.  For full article click here

Knowing your Neighbor: A Primer on Indiana Tort-Related Law for Illinois Lawyers

The high volume of commerce and travel flowing across the state line means that many injured Illinoisans will have claims that they must pursue in Indiana’s courts. Illinois attorneys will need a quick, easy reference on Indiana tort law to evaluate and pursue those claims. This article provides such a source. For full article click here

Two region women sue DCS over overtime, other labor claims

Two Northwest Indiana women are suing the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services in U.S. District Court over claims of unpaid overtime and other unfair labor practices. Employed as family case managers in the department’s Gary office, Arlene Nunez, of East Chicago, and Veronica Martinez, of Valparaiso, allege in their federal lawsuit they often worked outside of regular office hours responding to emergencies and were forced by supervisors to work through their lunch hours. For full article click here

DCS employees sue agency over claims of unpaid overtime

Two Indiana Department of Child Services employees paint a dismal life as an investigator for the state agency. In federal court records filed last month, Arlene Nunez and Veronica Martinez claim they are forced to work during their lunch hours, rarely get five hours of continuous sleep during on-call shifts and spend extensive time outside of regular work hours responding to emergencies, conducting investigations and writing reports – all without receiving earned overtime pay. For full article click here

Ind. Gov’t. – “DCS employees sue agency over claims of unpaid overtime”

“Just because DCS is a state agency doesn’t exempt it from having to meet the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Nunez’s and Martinez’s attorney Adam Sedia, of the Dyer-based firm Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer and Polen. “We’re holding DCS to the same standard as any other employer.” For full article click here

Congratulations to our Law Clerk, Victoria Feddeler!

Our Law Clerk, Victoria Feddeler is a member of the Valparaiso University Law School’s International Moot Court Team who competed from January 22nd-26th in the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. In teams of two they argued against the other schools and advanced to the quarter-final round, but ultimately were defeated at that level. Each team of two had 45 minutes to argue their case before the judges, answering questions of international and domestic law alike. They competed against teams from the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, arguing a case regarding digital media, the scope of journalistic privileges, and online privacy. Since this competition added regional rounds, this is the farthest that Valparaiso University Law School’s International Moot Court team has made it in this specific contest. [..]

Gary Komacko Memorial Fund

As part of the jury verdict obtained by Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer & Polen for the wrongful death of Ironworkers Local #395 member Gary Komacko, Gary’s wife Janet was able to create the Gary Komacko Memorial Fund in the hope of helping students of Ironworkers Local #395 family members achieve their educational dreams through scholarships. We are pleased to announce that Terry Rubino and Michael Polen will be alongside Janet on December 17, 2013 when she presents Tess Smith, who is the daughter of Ironworkers Local #395 member John Smith, with the first scholarship in Gary’s memory. Congratulations Tess! We all wish you much success in your educational endeavors. [..]
October 25, 2013

Appeals court rules Cozmanoff wrongful death civil lawsuit can proceed

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a lower court’s decision to stay discovery in a wrongful death lawsuit launched against a Lakes of the Four Seasons man. [..]
May 23, 2013

Family: Investigation into teen’s sudden death continues

CROWN POINT | Nearly one month after St. John and the Lake County coroner released information sought by the family of a Lake Central student found dead on school property, attorneys for the family say many unanswered questions remain. [..]
February 26, 2013

Editorial: Open access to give family closure

Last August, a 17-year-old Lake Central High School student, Levi Evans Jr., died suddenly on school property. There were no apparent signs of trauma or foul play. Yet there is still no closure for his family. [..]
January 29, 2013

Father demands answers in investigation of Lake Central teen’s death

CROWN POINT | Levi Evans Sr. had just returned from Connecticut and was planning to spend some time with his son the day the boy died last summer. A 17-year-old Lake Central High School student, Levi Evans Jr. was found dead by passers-by on Aug. 8 on Lake Central High School property. [..]
January 28, 2013

Judge mulls ongoing battle for information on death of Lake Central teen : St. John News read more

The Stovall case was handled by Andrew A. Crosmer, Terrence M. Rubino, and Richard P. Long – Appeal work by Adam J. Sedia read more

Pistalo case was handled by Terrence M. Rubino, Appeal work – Adam J. Sedia read more

Father’s attorney seeks contempt order in Levi Evans case

The father of a Lake Central High School student found dead on school property is seeking a court hearing on whether St. John police and the Lake County coroner [..]
August 8, 2012

Father of dead teen meets with coroner

The father of a Lake Central student found dead on school property in August learned autopsy results Wednesday but also found toxicology results may be two weeks [..]
October 24, 2012

Case arising out of molestation not reported by DCS divides court

A lawsuit brought by parents against the Department of Child Services and Evansville Police Department for not informing them [..]
August 30, 2012

Opinion – For Publication

M.D. (Mother) and J.D. (Cllectively, “the parents”) appeal the trial court’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of the Department of Child Services [..]
August 30, 2012

Recent published opinion from the Indiana Court of Appeals which was argued by Adam Sedia of our firm.read more

DeMotte couple awarded $7.7M read more

Adam Sedia, an experienced appellate lawyer, recently won a favorable ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals Case: Kosarko v. Padula Cause No. is 45A03-1012-CT-668 read more You can also view Adam Sedia’s Webcast here.