The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Is Criticizing An Indiana Law Firm

first_imgThe Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is criticizing an Indiana law firmOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is criticizing an Indiana law firm for a court order the BMV says will “take money out of Hoosiers’ pockets,” but the attorney who filed the order said the request is meant to protect Hoosiers who are suing the BMV.The BMV announced Friday that an additional $28.75 million in overcharge refunds had been credited to roughly 5 million customers across Indiana. The announcement came after a class-action lawsuit, Tammy Raab v. Kent W. Abernathy and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, was filed against the bureau after it was discovered that it had been overcharging millions of customers for several years.Although former BMV commissioner Donald Snemis said in 2014 that all previous overcharges had been refunded, the proceedings in the lawsuit later revealed that there were hundreds of other overcharges that had not been refunded. Because of the efforts of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and their legal counsel, a common fund of roughly $30 million was created to credit the refunds to BMV customers, said Irwin Levin, a managing partner at Cohen & Malad LLP Indianapolis and lead counsel in the suit against the BMV.The BMV said Friday that the refunds were credited to customers’ accounts over the last few months and that the credits could either be put toward a BMV transaction or sent to customers as a check.However, in a court order filed by Levin in Marion Superior Court Friday morning, counsel for the plaintiffs wrote that the BMV was administering refunds through the common fund without notice or approval from the court. Further, the counsel wrote that because their efforts had led to the creation of the common fund, the BMV is required to set aside part of those funds to reimburse the members of the class-action suit and pay for the fees incurred during the litigation process — an amount that is already exceeding $1 million, Levin said.If the BMV continues to distribute the refunds without accounting for the attorney fees, then Levin said the plaintiffs in the suit will be forced to bear a disproportionate amount of those fees. Thus, Levin and his firm are seeking a preliminary injunction to require the BMV to set aside a portion of the common fund for attorney fees. The plaintiffs have not determined the exact amount of fees it will request to be reimbursed for, but the order Levin filed on Friday said it will not exceed one-third of the fund.“By cashing in credits without setting aside any amount for fees and costs of the litigation that resulted in the creation of the common fund, defendants are creating irreparable harm to the members of the Class who do not have their credits cashed in before the judgment in this case, because those Class members will be left to shoulder a disproportionate share of the expenses incurred in the litigation that resulted in the common fund,” the court filing said.Adam Krupp, chief legal counsel for the BMV, took aim at the court order and at Levin, in particular, on Friday, saying in a statement through the BMV that the actions Levin requested through the preliminary injunction would essentially be the same as taking money away from Hoosier taxpayers.“BMV has been issuing refunds since before the current lawsuit, which Mr. Levin claimed was filed to benefit BMV’s customers. Mr. Levin also claimed to be representing the best interests of Hoosier taxpayers,” Krupp said. “It is stunning and inappropriate for Mr. Levin, or any lawyer, while claiming to represent Hoosiers’ best interests, to directly seek to take money out of Hoosiers’ pockets.”But Levin dismissed Krupp’s accusations, saying that he is not trying to take money out of taxpayers’ pockets or stop them from receiving their refunds. He also said he was not taking the attacks personally, but instead said Krupp’s words come from a place of being caught red-handed.“The BMV was caught with its pants down,” Levin said. “You would hope that they would say, ‘Wow, we made a mistake,’ but they didn’t.”Levin also said he thinks the timing of the refunds raises a red flag – the refunds were announced on Sept. 9, less than three weeks before the start of the trial on Sept. 28.“The BMV has been at war with its customers since 2013, and they now know that the trial is only weeks away,” he said. “This is an example of government at its worst.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Trojans face biggest test of the season

first_imgPodcast: Sports editors James Bianchi and Kenny Legan discuss the most important game of the Trojans’ season.The No. 24 Trojans, so accustomed in recent years to being the favorite when playing at the Coliseum, will find themselves in a new role Saturday — the underdog.Poised · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, seen taking a snap against Stanford, will need to provide some offense of his own if the Trojans want to keep up with the high-powered Oregon offense. The last time the teams met the Ducks won 47-20. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (5-2) host top-ranked Oregon in a prime time 5 p.m. matchup that will be aired nationally on ABC.ESPN’s College GameDay will be on campus, and the eyes of the nation will tune in to see if a No. 1 team loses for the fourth straight week.Surprisingly, USC will not be the team looking to avoid a fall but rather the one looking to do the tripping. Saturday marks the first time the Trojans have faced a No. 1 team since 1992, and the first time one has visited the Coliseum since 1988.But confidence is present in the Trojan camp.“We definitely have the capability of beating Oregon,” sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley said.Some of the Trojans’ bravado likely stems from their 48-14 drubbing of Cal two weeks ago, which was USC’s first complete game on both sides of the ball this season.USC has had a bye week since then, giving it extra time to prepare for the Ducks’ aptly named “blur offense.”Barkley said the key to the game would be the turnover battle, emphasizing that when he is in control, USC’s offense needs to protect the ball.That is not a bad idea, considering the Ducks (7-0) lead the nation in turnover margin.But it was not that statistic that vaulted Oregon to the top of the national polls. Rather, it was its offense, which is playing at a tempo almost unheard of in college football and scoring a ton of points while doing so.The Ducks run one play after another at a breakneck pace. On average, the time between their plays is about 23.2 seconds, almost 32 percent faster than the national average. Oregon makes its living on tiring out opposing defenses, which means the Trojans expect to substitute more.“We’re going to try to play more guys than normal,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We’re going to need some people who maybe haven’t played that much or made significant plays to step up for us. We can’t leave our main guys out there the whole time. [The Ducks] just play too fast.”Oregon has torched opponents for 55.8 points per game and averages 569 yards per game. It will be up to the Trojans’ defense to slow the Ducks’ attack enough to keep the score close.Freshman cornerback Nickell Robey said USC’s success will be determined by how well it can translate what the players have worked on in practice into the game Saturday.“Coming into this game, you just got to pretty much have a plan, and just go to that plan and execute,” Robey said.A bye week came at a good time for the injured Trojans, who could see multiple players return from ailments, including senior linebacker Malcolm Smith, redshirt sophomore defensive end Wes Horton and freshman tailback Dillon Baxter.Yet, others remain questionable. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Nick Perry and junior offensive tackle Tyron Smith continue to battle ankle injuries.Whatever hype surrounds this game, that amount would surely be multiplied if the Trojans had not lost on last-second field goals to Washington and Stanford. Otherwise, the Trojans would be undefeated and among the nation’s top-rated teams.So do the Trojans need this game to get back on the national radar?“I don’t think [a win] puts us on the map,” Kiffin said. “’SC’s been on the map for a long time and it will continue to be.”last_img read more

Further tests for O’Riordan ahead of Munster final

first_imgWe should find out today if Colin O’Riordan will be cleared to play for Tipp in the Munster Under 21 Football Final.The JK Brackens clubman will undergo the final part of his concussion assessment today with Dr. John Hynes of South Tipp General Hospital following the injury sustained in the senior League clash against Sligo over a week ago. The team for Thursday night’s final against Cork in Semple Stadium is likely to be named once a decision is made on O’Riordan’s participation.last_img

US Ambassador welcomes NBA to India, shows off jaw-dropping moves

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US READ| NBA India: Young fans learn techniques and drills as countdown begins’We are glad to bring the game of basketball to India’ The United States ambassador to India Kenneth Juster welcomed National Basketball Association to India with some jaw-dropping moves on the basketball court, as India gears up to host and witness its first-ever NBA game. US Ambassador Ken Juster showed off some spectacular moves on the court, finding the basket from half-court, from behind the board and from under his leg while welcoming the sport to India. Ken Juster said that India and America shared a good relationship via sports and used it as a strong tool for diplomacy. Ken Juster said that the US mission in India via sports focuses on bringing people together, build friendships and build values and skills both on and off the court.  Ken Juster took to Twitter to post a video welcoming the NBA, in which he is also seen in pictures with ICC Hall of Famer Sachin Tendulkar and badminton ace PV Sindhu. READ| NBA in India: 2019 tour dates, venue, tickets and schedule detailsKen Juster welcomes NBA to India READ: Ebony Hoffman excited about India’s first NBA game, praises kids’ zeal READ| First-Ever NBA Game In India To See 3000 Students Being Invited Koushik Narayanan COMMENT Last Updated: 1st October, 2019 14:53 IST US Ambassador Welcomes NBA To India, Shows Off Jaw-dropping Moves The United States ambassador to India Kenneth Juster welcomed National Basketball Association to India with some jaw-dropping moves on the basketball court Written By  Former WNBA star Ebony Hoffman is happy to be able to be part of the team that is bringing the NBA to India. “We are glad to bring the game of basketball to India and we hope that we can just bring encouragement and confidence to these kids so that one day they can reach the potential.”On being questioned about young girls who want to learn the game and the energy of the 50 kids present at the training camp today, September 30, Ebony Hoffman said, “I think the kids energy is amazing. Right now, we have Sanjana Ramesh that is at the University in Arizona, you have got at least four to five Indian girls that are making a difference and are changing their own families lives. So as long as they know there are other things outside what their normal realm is, they can do whatever they want to do regardless of Basketball, doctor or dentist,” she reiterated, “they can do whatever they want to do.” WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st October, 2019 14:53 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Bellator 237 results: Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in first round

first_imgWhen Fedor Emelianenko signed a three-fight deal in June to remain in Bellator, it had been expected that it would be a retirement tour of sorts beginning at Saturday’s Bellator 237 when he met Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ​in the main event in Saitama, Japan.Emelianenko (39-6, one no-contest) made the return to Saitama Super Arena, the venue where he scored some of biggest wins in his storied career, a memorable one by knocking out Jackson with a blistering right hand in a dominant performance at the 2:44 mark of the first round to complete phase one of the tour. For his career, Emelianenko went 14-0 inside the arena with nine of those wins by stoppage. Join DAZN and watch the Bellator 237 replay of Fedor vs. RampageThe bout wasn’t too much to write home about. Emelianenko controlled an out-of-shape Jackson, who came in at 265 pounds, from the outset. Emelianenko repeatedly found a home with the left uppercut, sometimes doubling them up. When he wasn’t using his vaunted left and right hands, Emelianenko kept Jackson at distance by mixing in kicks to the body and leg. Then with both fighters standing in the center of the cage, Emelianenko connected on a vicious right hand to put Jackson out of his misery for one final KO in the “Land of the Rising Sun.” So what’s next for Emelianenko? After the fight, it was initially thought that he had hinted at his retirement, but that turned out to be a translation mistake. He clarified his comments afterward, saying he wants to continue. “For this day, particularly this day, [two more fights] is the plan,” he said, according to ESPN. “But we’ll see.”Here’s what happened at Bellator 237:Bellator 237: Fedor vs. Rampage results(All times Eastern.)Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Quinton “Rampage” Jackson12:46 a.m.: Emelianenko def. Jackson by knockout at 2:44 of the first round.  It was all Emelianenko from start to finish. He controlled the entire fight throwing whenever he wanted with no attack from Jackson. Emelianenko finished things off when he blasted Jackson with a straight right hand to finish off the former UFC light heavyweight champion. Fedor with the walk-off KO! #BellatorJapan— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 29, 201912:34 a.m.:  Out comes the legendary Fedor Emelianenko.🇷🇺 @FedorOskol is headed to the cage once more to tangle with @Rampage4Real in our main event of the evening! #BellatorJapan— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 29, 201912:32 a.m.:  What an entrance for Rampage Jackson. ⛓ @Rampage4Real has arrived and is ready to do work at #BellatorJapan .— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 29, 201912:30 a.m.:  It is now time for the main event of Bellator 237 as Fedor Emelianenko meets Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in heavyweight action. Jackson tipped the scales on Friday at a career-high of 265 pounds, 24.5 pounds heavier than Emelianenko (240.5). We don’t need to tell you the accolades of both men. If you don’t know them, then you aren’t a true fan of MMA.Regardless of how long this lasts, it’s going to be historic and fun to watch.Bellator 237: Fedor vs. Rampage undercard results12:12 a.m.: Michael Chandler def. Sidney Outlaw by knockout at 2:59 of the first round. After controlling the action for the entire round, Chandler blasted Outlaw with an overhand right hand that virtually knocked him out on his feet and sent him into a splits position. Then for good measure, Chandler connected on another shot to set a new record for most stoppages in Bellator history with 12. Massive right hand from @MikeChandlerMMA ! #BellatorJapanMain event up next!— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 29, 201911:52 p.m.: Michael “Venom” Page def. Shinsho Anzai by knockout at 0:23 of the second round. A striking clinic by Page. He didn’t respect Anzai’s ability in the slightest bit. “MVP” kept his hands down throughout, threw from awkward angles and showed the complete arsenal with his hands and feet until finally putting Anzai out of his misery with a blistering right hook.It’s time for Page to get back in there against quality opposition instead of one squash match after another since losing to welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 221 in May.It’s safe to say @MichaelPage247 is stoked to be in JAPAAAAAAAAN! #BellatorJapan #BellatorvsRIZIN— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 29, 201911:25 p.m.: Lorenz Larkin def. Keita Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27). We jinxed it as Larkin wins by decision. Give Nakamaura credit. Larkin hit him with everything, and somehow, Nakamura lasted until the end. 10:55 p.m.: Kana Watanabe def. IIara Joanne via TKO at 4:39 of the third round.  Two fights, two stoppages, as Watanabe defeats Joanne by TKO with 21 seconds remaining in the bout. Will we see that continue the rest of the card?10:22 p.m.: Goiti Yamauchi def. Daron Cruickshank by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:11 of the first round.  Well, Cruickshank couldn’t win one for the “Hulkster,” losing to Yamauchi.Another first-round submission by @GoitiOfficial led to a short nap 😴 (via @BellatorMMA )— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 29, 201910:08 p.m.:  Have to appreciate Daron Cruickshank coming out to the “Real American,” the WWE theme of Hulk Hogan. Now, can he parlay his great entrance into a win over Goiti Yamauchi? 10:00 p.m.:  Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Bellator 237, featuring the main event of Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Grab the refreshments and enjoy what should be an exciting night of action.Bellator 237: Fedor vs. Rampage fight cardMain CardFedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton Jackson; Heavyweight Michael Chandler vs. Sidney Outlaw; Catchweight (160 lbs.) Keita Nakamura vs. Lorenz Larkin; Welterweight Kana Watanabe vs. Ilara Joanne; Women’s Flyweight Daron Cruickshank vs. Goiti Yamauchi; Lightweight Michael Page vs. Shinsho Anzai; Catchweight (173 lbs.)last_img read more