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Steve Hilbert

A bitter fight between former business partners and friends Steve Hilbert and John Menard spilled into the public after Menard won a court order removing Hilbert as manager of MH Private Equity.

Menard, founder of the hardware store chain, said the value of the companies Hilbert bought had plummeted.

Hilbert, the former CEO of insurance giant Conseco Inc., countered that Menard only got upset after he propositioned Hilbert’s wife, Tomisue, and she refused.

There are now 11 pending lawsuits related to the dispute between Menard and Hilbert, including one with the wife of real estate investor Donald Trump.
 

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Don Marsh

A court battle between Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and former CEO Don Marsh ended in February, when a federal jury returned a $2.2 million judgment against him.

Marsh Supermarkets filed a civil lawsuit in 2009, claiming he charged the company for travels with mistresses.

His attorneys insisted the trips were business-related and within the bounds of his employment contract. Marsh countersued, saying the company wrongfully halted severance payments.

Jury members found Marsh committed fraud, but stopped short of delivering the company a total victory.
 

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John Bales

A federal jury in February returned not-guilty verdicts on 13 counts against Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and attorney William E. Spencer.

The verdict followed an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend that included references to an investigation of former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. In October, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced his office would not pursue charges against Brizzi.

Bales and Spencer were accused of wire, mail and bank fraud, stemming from deals involving a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
 

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  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

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