Blessings and Justice in 2009

The Indiana Consumer Law Group was blessed in 2008 with many excellent clients, for which I am very grateful. I believe that we obtained justice for some, yet for others obtaining justice is a work in progress. I hope that 2009 will see many continued victories, but mostly I pray that, in each and every case, justice will be done.

Here's wishing you many blessings in 2009! I want to leave you with a few of my favorite Bible verses on justice:

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! [Isaiah 30:18]

The LORD is known by his justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. [Psalm 9:16]

I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy. [Psalm 140:12]

Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow. [Isaiah 1:17]

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers. [Proverbs 21:15]


Robert E. Duff
Indiana Consumer Law Group/
The Law Office of Robert E. Duff
310 N. Lebanon St.
Lebanon, IN 46052
(800) 817-0461

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A Consumer Lawyer Is...

I have been really, really busy lately... and it's been a while since I wrote a blog entry. I have a couple topics that I hope to write on soon, but today I thought I'd put my 13 year-old son to work and perhaps obtain an amusing blog entry at the same time. His assignment? Answer the question: What does a consumer lawyer do?

Hello, I really have no clue what a consumer lawyer is even though I come to my dad's office sometimes and try to help. He told me to write down what a consumer lawyer was on a pad of paper and wouldn't give me any clues. I tried to get him to tell me what things were but he wouldn't say anything so I just went for it not knowing very much at all. Here it is.

A consumer lawyer is a lawyer that helps people if they were scammed buying or selling something. My dad helps people get the money that was cheated from them earlier. He helps to get scamming people in trouble like they should be. He sort of helps people with financial stuff, sometimes to get money for them that they should have. A consumer lawyer can sometimes be a big financial aid if you were scammed big money or you could save big money on something you didn't know you could. I pretty much don't know what a consumer lawyer is but I think I'm on the right track, maybe.

So there it is. I bet you had no idea I could do all that. Indiana Consumer Law Group/The Law Office of Robert E. Duff

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Indiana's "In God We Trust" License Plates Challenged

Indiana car owners shouldn't be surprised, but Indiana's "In God We Trust" license plate has been challenged in court. Actually, the fact that there is no extra charge for it is being challenged. Sadly, I'm not surprised. I just wrote about how much I liked the new license plate a few days ago. (Click here to see that blog entry.)

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Plaintiff Mark E. Studler by the Indiana branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. We'll see what happens, but I don't have a good feeling about the outcome. Tyranny of the minority is how I see it.

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Many Indiana Cars Sporting "In God We Trust" License Plate

If you live in Indiana, or anywhere along the spring break travel route to Florida, you've probably seen quite a few cars with the new Indiana "In God We Trust" license plate. Actually, I've been amazed at how many I've seen. It's almost like it's Indiana's new license plate.


I knew that couldn't be, considering the message (a message I wholeheartedly agree with, by the way), but figured it must be a specialty plate. I assumed all specialty plates cost extra money, making it even more amazing how many Indiana drivers were choosing this plate. When I went to the license branch to renew my license plates this week, I found out that it is a specialty plate of sorts, but it's a specialty plate that doesn't cost extra. Apparently, it's the only "free"** specialty plate.

Stupendous. I signed up for the program.

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has indicated the plate is doing very well. It sure seems like that on the road, too.

The other "free" alternative is to keep your old plate for one more year. The BMV is currently having an election of sorts for the new standard plate to be issued in 2008. Click here if you'd like to see the four choices and vote. The "In God We Trust" plate is scheduled to be around until 2012.

Frankly, I'm not sure how we got this plate, but I'm sure glad we did. It makes me proud to live in Indiana.

** Calling your license plate "free" in Indiana is so wrong it doesn't need explanation.

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