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Tauber Law Offices Argues Against the IHSAA Regarding Sanctions Against Schools

Posted 2/19/16

Case Summary

During a February 2015 boys varsity basketball game between Griffith High School and Hammond High School, an on-court fight broke out involving players. The Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (“IHSAA”) sanctioned both schools as a result. The sanctions included canceling the remainder of the schools’ seasons, suspending them from participation in the state tournament, and imposing probation for the 2015-16 school year, as well as educational requirements for each coach and athlete. Both schools appealed the Commissioner’s decisions to the IHSAA’s Review Committee, which upheld the decisions. The schools then sought a preliminary injunction in court. Following a hearing, the trial court preliminarily enjoined the IHSAA from enforcing its suspension of the schools from participation in the state tournament. Griffith went on to play in the 3A State Championship game. The IHSAA brings this interlocutory appeal, contending the trial court erred in granting injunctive relief.


Tauber Law Offices is representing Griffin Public Schools and the individual members of the boys basketball team in the case against the IHSAA. Oral arguments were held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. A decision is expected in the coming months.

See a video of the oral arguments here, including Jared R. Tauber from Tauber Law Office.

See a report on the appeal here courtesy WRTV-6, Indianapolis.

Attorneys Rhett L. Tauber and Jared R. Tauber Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

(SCHERERVILLE, IN – November 25, 2015) The Million Dollar Advocates Forum was pleased to recently announce that Schererville attorneys Rhett L. Tauber and Jared R. Tauber have been certified as life members of both the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Taubers are partners at Tauber Law Offices in Schererville, Indiana.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 4,000 members located across the United States. Few than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement. The Taubers have been approved for membership on both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Rhett Tauber is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. His practice includes personal injury, wrongful death, truck collisions, probate and estate planning, corporate and municipal law, real estate, business transactions and general civil litigation.

Jared Tauber, who is also Rhett’s son, graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law as well. He specializes in personal injury, wrongful death and truck collisions.

Tauber Law Offices is a full-service law firm with major specialties in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, probate, adoption, family law, commercial and business law, real estate, estate planning, municipal and school law. Rhett and Jared are joined in the firm by Attorney Tara Tauber. Ms Tauber is the daughter of Rhett and sister to Jared.

Looking for Love: A Message from Tara Tauber- October 15, 2015

Around the world, there are an estimated 153 million orphans who have lost one parent. There are 17,900,000 orphans who have lost both parents and are living in orphanages or on the streets and lack the care and attention required for healthy development. These children are at risk for disease, malnutrition, and death.

In the U.S. 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.*

According to the U.S. State Department, U.S. families adopted more than 7,000 children in 2012. So there is no question, there is still a great need for good parents to rescue children from orphanages around the world and give them a stable home and a brighter future.

Many people, however, just don’t know where to start.

*Source: UNICEF, 2012 StudyWe can help. We’ve been there.

While the process of becoming an adoptive parent is getting easier in a number of ways, there are still many complexities involved. Tauber Law Offices can help you get through the process from the beginning until the time you proudly hold your new child in your arms.

My husband and I have experienced the joy of adopting our own daughter. I come to you with first-hand experience about the proper process for adoption, whether it be a child from the foster care system, a private adoption, or an international adoption. You can choose a newborn or an older child, domestically or internationally.

No doubt you have many questions about the process. It can be complex. Put your concerns away and let’s visit about the many options available to you.

Your initial consultation is free at Tauber Law Offices.

November is National Adoption MonthIn just a few weeks adoption will again be in the global spotlight. According to The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

“This year, the 2015 National Adoption Month focuses on our nation’s population of older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. According to the FY 2014 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report, there were 415,000 children and youth in foster care on September 30, 2014, and 108,000 of these children/youth were waiting to be adopted. Of the children and youth waiting to be adopted, about 9 percent are between the ages of 15-18.

Adolescence is a time in life where supportive adults and caring role models are needed in critical ways, yet older youth in foster care often face significant barriers to permanency. This November, we want to stress the importance of creating lifelong connections for our young people, before they age out, so they have the stability and support they need as they transition to adulthood and throughout their lives.”

Finally …

If you know someone who is pregnant and considering placing her child for adoption, please get in touch with me. I can get her the help she needs to make an informed decision that is best for her and her unborn child.

Tauber Law Offices Successfully Represents the Town of Highland

Appeals Court Flushes Hammond Sewer Contract Cancellations

July 13, 2015 10:30 pm • Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com

INDIANAPOLIS | The Hammond Sanitary District does not have the right to unilaterally terminate its service contracts with Griffith, Highland and Whiting, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court determined the sanitary district board, which also includes Munster, acted improperly in 2013 when it canceled its long-term contracts to treat wastewater sewage from the three communities.

Sanitary district officials claimed termination of the mid-1990s sewer deals was required because the cost of servicing Griffith, Highland and Whiting exceeded payments from the communities, and federally mandated system improvements looked to add millions of dollars in additional expense.

The appellate court, however, affirmed Lake Superior Judge John Sedia’s finding that the contracts do not provide for termination under those conditions and instead require arbitration to set a fair service price.

Appeals Judge Margret Robb dissented from the decision. She contended the contracts are able to be canceled under Indiana’s public purchasing statute.

The Hammond Sanitary District has continued providing sewer service to Griffith, Highland and Whiting — following the terms of the contracts — while its lawsuit is pending.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. said the sanitary district will ask the Indiana Supreme Court to review the appellate ruling. “We feel that we were standing on solid legal ground when we made the decision to terminate the contracts and we plan to pursue the appeal to the next level,” McDermott said.

The Democratic mayor believes costly wastewater infrastructure mandates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency require new contracts be drawn up that properly reflect the sanitary district’s compliance expenses.

“This is one of the very few times that Gov. (Mike) Pence and I agree totally on something: The EPA is completely out of control,” McDermott said. “If we have to increase our debt load another $200 million because of an EPA mandate, somebody has to pay that bill.”

“You can’t expect Hammond and Munster residents to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of improvements that Highland, Griffith and Whiting don’t participate in. That’s not fair to Hammond and Munster and it’s just not good business.”

Rick Ryfa, the Republican president of the Griffith Town Council, pointed out the EPA also ordered Griffith and Highland to spend millions improving their facilities for sewage they send to the Hammond Sanitary District.

March 14, 2015

Tauber Law wins $6M settlement

10 hours ago • Times Staff

SCHERERVILLE | A Schererville law firm reached a $5.9 million settlement against an Edinburgh, Ind., trucking company whose driver was involved in a crash on Interstate 65 that injured two women from Highland and Merrillville.

According to a news release from Tauber Law Offices, the collision occurred in the early morning of Oct. 8, 2012, in Frankfort, Ind., just south of Lafayette. The two women were traveling south to Indianapolis on I-65 when they tried to pass the truck. As they passed the truck, the truck driver, Anthony N. Tatman, drifted across the center line and struck the car, according to a news release from the law firm. The vehicle flipped multiple times and ended in the northbound lanes.

Tauber attorneys presented evidence that Tatman may have fallen asleep at the wheel as he neared the end of an 11-hour shift. Evidence also established Tatman repeatedly falsified log books and drove over the federally mandated hours of service prior to the collision, the release states.

The driver of the vehicle suffered permanent and disabling injuries, including a fractured neck and a traumatic brain injury. Her passenger suffered a fractured pelvis.


March 3, 2015

Rhett and Jared Tauber argue successfully to get Griffith and Hammond back into Indiana Boys Basketball State Tournament

CROWN POINT | Lake Civil Court Judge John R. Pera issued a temporary restraining order Monday to allow the Griffith and Hammond boys basketball teams into this week’s Indiana boys basketball state tournament.

Read the articles here on this breaking news.



September 2014



June 2014 – At the Highland High School awards program in late May, Steven Breidenbaugh was awarded the Rhett Tauber Honor Scholarship. Steven graduated in the top 10% of his class and would like to pursue a law career. He will be attending the Unversity of Wisconsin at Madison.

September 14 – Most of us have seen the widely reported story of NFL player Ray Rice shown battering his wife in a video that has gone global.

Spousal abuse is more common than you think. It is estimated that one out of four women will be subject of it in their lifetimes.

What is equally, if not more tragic, is the abuse of senior citizens, the disabled and children. These are people that cannot easily defend themselves and they are too often taken advantage of. For example, five children die each day from abuse and neglect.

Thankfully, there is help quickly available at dozens of reputable sources. Here are some good places to start. You calls are confidential and in most cases counselors are available 24/7.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline at http://www.thehotline.org/

There is a child abuse hotline provided on the Indiana government website here http://www.in.gov/dcs/2971.htm

And for details on how to protect the elderly, the National Center on Elder Abuse is an excellent resource. In fact, they recommend a number of Indiana based help centers at this link. http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Stop_Abuse/Get_Help/State/Directory.aspx?state_id=IN

Sadly, most incidents of domestic violence are never reported for one reason or another. Often, the violence just continues, resulting in severe injury or even death.

Don’t be afraid. If you are a victim and need immediate help, your first call should be to 9-1-1. Then explore these other sources for ways to receive continuing support.


“Dead Red” Law Passes in Indiana

September 1st – The new “Dead Red” law effectively makes a stop light into a stop sign for motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motor scooters, and bicycles.

The fact is these cyclists are not heavy enough to trigger traffic signals. This means the rider has to either disregard the signal or wait for a car to pull up behind them and get on the scale. Did you even know there was a scale? Many don’t.

Indiana became the 16th state to pass the “Dead Red” law in early June of this year. The complete statute is found at Indiana Code § 9-21-3-7(b)(3)(D). This law allows stated cyclists to get a free pass to go through a red light after waiting one hundred and twenty seconds.

The statute requires the operators to “excerise due care as provided by law” in deciding whether it is safe to move past the red light. They are still requited to follow the rules of the road and keep a lookout for oncoming traffic possessing the right of way.


Jared Tauber Receives New Honor

We are proud to announce that Tauber Law Office partner Jared Tauber was recently named as an “Emerging Young Lawyer” by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly. Read the issue here.

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Tara and Jared Tauber Named 2014 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers

(February 17) Partners at Tauber Law Offices, Tara and Jared Tauber, were honored last week by Indiana Super Lawyers as “Rising Stars” in the legal profession.

Nominated by their peers with final winners determined by an attorney-led research team, this is the latest in a series of prestigious awards given to the Tauber Family. Just last year, Tara and Jared’s father and firm President, Rhett Tauber, received the 2013 Distinguished Barrister Leadership in Law Honor. See story below.

Rhett Tauber Receives The 2013 Leadership In Law Award

The President and Senior Partner of Tauber Law Offices, Rhett L. Tauber, has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards in the Indiana legal profession, the 2013 Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister Award.

The Indiana Lawyer, the state’s leading publication for attorneys and others in the legal field, each year recognizes individuals who have shown a commitment to their profession, their community and the clients they serve.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be chosen for this high honor,” Rhett remarked. “To be in the company of some of the most distinguished people in the Indiana legal field is not only humbling but something I will cherish forever. Thanks to my clients, past and present and, especially, to my family for their ever-lasting support.”

For more details on Rhett and this year’s other award recipients, click here

MAY 2013 — Governor Pence recently signed the 2013-2015 budget bill which repealed inheritance taxes for those passing after 12/31/2012. This is great news for Indiana beneficiaries, as Indiana was one of a handful of states still collecting inheritance taxes. There is no longer any requirement for Consents to Transfer or Notice of Intended Transfer of a Checking Account for those passing after 12/31/2012.

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Both Tara and Jared Tauber named to the 20 UNDER 40 list of business leaders to watch, BusINess magazine, September 27, 2012. Click to Read more.

Notable Clients: First Financial Bank, Town of Highland, Austgen Electric, Inc., Krygier Companies, Choice Landscaping, Luke Land, LLC, DeMonte Capital Corporation, Englewood Construction Management, Timbermasters, FFC Fencing, Co, Southshore Storage, C&L Storage, K&S Engineers, Rainmaker, Scheffer International, Inc., Urgentdent, US Minerals, Inc., Wintrust Commercial Banking, Schererville Family Dentistry, B&D Sewer, Fred Barr Woodworking, Luke Family of Brands, County Line Orchard, Cardiovascular Consultants, Kali Beauty, Langel’s Pizza, Woodworks Design, Theos, Prime Steakhouse, Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, Homann Karate, Hoosier Horton, Gizmos, JAKS Warehouse, T.J. Boyle Real Estate, Martin Mechanical Corp, Muller Acura, TTS Granite, Northwest Oral Surgeons, Meyers Development, Ferree Movers, Certified Driving School, Romano’s, Station 21, School Town of Highland, and Lake Station Community Schools.



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