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The Indiana Public Retirement System is set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court next month, where justices will decide if it can sue a publicly-traded company for alleged securities fraud.

In June of 2011, Science Applications International Corporation – or SAIC – issued a statement to the market detailing how it was under a criminal investigation for a group of employees’ kickback scheme in New York City.

The Indiana public pension fund had bought stock in the company shortly beforehand, and claims that information should’ve been made public much earlier.

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Indiana and the city of South Bend are wading into a redistricting case set for oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The justices will decide whether states can draw legislative districts based on the number of registered voters, rather than the total population. Two Texans are suing their state government, arguing the principle of "one man, one vote" is diluted by counting people who can't vote.

Zoeller Opens State's Playbook For Anti-EPA Lawsuit

Aug 6, 2015
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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.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act's tax subsidies was a major victory for the Obama administration. The healthcare law is now two-for-two surviving challenges before he nation’s highest court. Butother lawsuits that could gut the bill still loom -- including a challenge out of Indiana.  

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of an independent redistricting commission in Arizona, a system that keeps the redrawing of legislative maps out of the legislature’s hands.

That decision could have a major impact on Indiana as lawmakers prepare to examine ways to take some of the politics out of electoral redistricting.

Indiana legislative leaders – both Republican and Democrat – who’ve long supported redistricting reform overcame a major hurdle this year by gaining support for a redistricting study committee. 

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An Indiana legal analyst says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality will lead to a federal civil rights statue targeting discrimination against LGBT people in the private sector.

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Professor Dr. David Orentlicher says that statute would likely target hotels, restaurants, housing and other private businesses.

Orentlicher compares it to the famous Brown vs. Board of Education high court ruling that was eventually followed by civil rights legislation. He says any civil rights statute would not be all-encompassing.

Indiana Biz Leaders Cheer SCOTUS Pollution Ruling

Jun 29, 2015
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The Supreme Court has sided with Indiana and 22 other states in throwing out a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation of coal-burning power plants.

Separate coalitions of states and businesses sued over a new mercury emission standard. A 5-4 Supreme Court agreed with their argument that the EPA unreasonably ignored the cost of compliance in drafting the rule.

Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar contends the regulation would impose crippling costs on utilities for very little gain in air quality. And he says other businesses would see electric bills soar.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality Friday morning. Same-sex couples already had the right to marry in Indiana, but now those marriages will be recognized in all 50 states.

Despite the good news, Pride Lafayette Vice President Nicki Anderson says Indiana can still enact more protections for its LGBTQ citizens.

"People can still get fired from their jobs, kicked out of apartments, kicked out of their housing because they’re gay," Anderson says.

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Tens of thousands of Hoosiers can breathe a sigh of relief – the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled they’ll get to keep their federal health insurance subsidies.  

About 160, 000 Hoosiers receive tax subsidies through the federal health care exchange, reducing the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 a month.  The Supreme Court’s ruling ensures they’ll continue to receive those subsidies, something Covering Kids and Families of Indiana spokesperson Caitlin Priest says is a huge relief to the families her organization serves.

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A new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may complicate Indiana’s plans to eliminate bath salts. Indiana allows the Board of Pharmacy to ban new compounds for the drug on short notice to keep up with changing formulas, but the Supreme Court decision may strike that law.

The Court unanimously voted not to convict a Virginia man for dealing bath salts after ruling prosecutors must prove he knew the chemical compound he dealt and knew it was illegal to distribute them.

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