Bankruptcy

Dispute over Uptown Business Center in SoBro gets messier

August 7, 2013
Scott Olson
The dispute started in October when the lender tried to take possession of the building at the southwest corner of 49th Street and College Avenue. Now the owner has filed Chapter 11 to delay foreclosure proceedings.
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Indiana senator to push for municipal bankruptcy law

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana lawmaker says he will push a measure next year that would change state law to allow local governments to file for bankruptcy like Detroit did in July.
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Big Anderson church files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

July 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Madison Park Church of God bought a 200-acre site near Interstate 69 in 2007 and built a church there using three bridge loans. One $6 million loan matured on July 12 and couldn't be repaid.
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Fair Finance trustee to continue pursuit into 2014

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The attorney charged with recovering some $200 million for the 5,300 investors bilked by Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co. plans to continue filing lawsuits for reparations into next year.
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Hilbert puts MH management company into Chapter 11

June 15, 2013
Greg Andrews
The move, the latest fallout from the executive's feud with hardware king John Menard, puts on hold a Wisconsin lawsuit that sought millions of dollars from the company.
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FDIC sues executives over Irwin failureRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has filed suit against four former officers of defunct Irwin Financial Corp. banks, alleging they “closed their eyes to known risks” in approving loans that contributed to the banks’ 2009 takeover by regulators.
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Ruling keeps church ensnared in life insurance nightmareRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge has slapped down an Anderson church that attempted to blame its bank for a failed scheme to finance church upgrades by buying life insurance policies on its elderly members.
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Fair Finance investors still empty-handed as trustee plows on

April 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many of the defendants pursued by Brian Bash and his team have few, if any, assets. And those that do have the wherewithal to fight litigation for years.
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Bank of Indiana parent files Chapter 11, to sell branches

April 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The bankruptcy of Bank of Indiana's parent and the planned sale of its branches bring to a close management's quest to turn around an institution that was buffeted by borrower defaults during the financial crisis.
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Centre Properties puts 3 strip centers into Chapter 11

March 19, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis developer said the bankruptcy filings are intended to prevent lender Bank of America from forcing the sale of RiverPlace Shops in Fishers, Raceway Market Shops in Indianapolis and Greenwood Crossing in Greenwood.
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Tangle with Huntington Bank could fell ‘Peanut King’Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
The company, which roasts nuts and sells concession equipment, filed for bankruptcy to stave off Huntington National Bank, which had filed to foreclose on its real estate.
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Bankruptcy stops condos' auction

February 18, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis developer’s last-minute bankruptcy filing halted the auction of a struggling downtown condominium project.
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Judge OKs sale of Indiana's oldest ethanol plant

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
A joint venture bought the New Energy Corp. plant at auction last week for $2.5 million. New Energy had hoped the auction would cover the company's $54 million in debt. A large portion of that debt is owed to the U.S. Department of Energy, which guaranteed the original loans.
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Simon unit suing Stir Crazy chain for unpaid rent

February 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The owner of Castleton Square Mall is suing its former tenant for $471,031 following the restaurant's closing late last month.
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Real estate developers' exhilaration turns to pain in bankruptcyRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many Indianapolis developers know the feeling. In good times, few industries generate an adrenalin rush like real estate development. But it’s a highly leveraged business built upon certain assumptions that proved flimsy when the financial crisis hit.
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Developer loses fraud appeal

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Christopher White's 2009 conviction, resulting from a $500,000 bad check he wrote as he tried to save his real estate development firm.
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Slinky maker’s owner buys bankrupt Fundex for $1.7M

December 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Private equity firm Propel Equity Partners is acquiring Fundex following a court-ordered auction in which a surprise bidder surfaced, driving up the price of the company.
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Slinky maker hoping to purchase bankrupt Fundex

December 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Plainfield-based Fundex Games Ltd., which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, said Poof-Slinky Inc. is the only potential purchaser that has shown interest in acquiring the company's assets.
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Durham fate rests in judge's hands

November 29, 2012
Cory Schouten
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and two accomplices will find out Friday whether they will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Local designer’s bankruptcy tied to Fair Finance

November 28, 2012
Scott Olson
SC Design Inc. lists debt of $1.5 million. Most of it is owed to Fair Finance, formerly co-owned by convicted fraudster Tim Durham, through a claim filed by a trustee seeking to recover investor funds.
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Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

November 19, 2012
Associated Press
Other companies are interested in bidding for at least pieces of Hostess because of the high brand recognition and $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Twinkies alone have brought in $68 million in revenue so far this year.
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Battered Broadbent climbs back from brinkRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Cory Schouten
One of the city’s best-known retail developers is alive and kicking again after a harrowing real estate downturn and protracted legal battle with two lenders.
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Local lawyer appointed federal bankruptcy judge

October 31, 2012
James M. Carr of the Indianapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been appointed to a 14-year term effective Jan. 1. His selection follows the recent appointment of Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly.
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Judge tosses out lawsuit blasting Irwin executivesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Greg Andrews
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Irwin Financial Corp.'s bankruptcy trustee, saying the only party with the right to bring suit was the bank’s receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. It didn't do so by last month's deadline.
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Chrysler drives off with $2.5M refund from Duke Energy

October 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The automaker had claimed in a complaint to the state that Duke acted in "draconian" fashion by holding onto the seven-figure deposit for service at its Kokomo plant since 2009.
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