Bankruptcy

Latest Fair suits target Kato Kaelin, playmate, many others

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
A former Playboy playmate, a well-known rapper and local businessmen are among the defendants in a barrage of lawsuits filed by a bankruptcy trustee trying to collect funds for investors of Fair Finance Co., the defunct Ohio firm led by Tim Durham.
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Big-promising donor to area charities coming up emptyRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Johnson County man whose home is listed for sheriff's sale and who has filed for bankruptcy protection twice and been convicted of check fraud managed to convince several Indianapolis cultural institutions that he was good for multimillion-dollar gifts.
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Mini Thin maker agrees to $1M bankruptcy settlementRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel resident Richard Deer, who built a business around Mini Thin dietary supplements, has agreed to pay $1 million in his company’s bankruptcy case.
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Governor's Fair Finance settlement yields just $3,000

January 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
Court papers show the Mitch for Governor Campaign Committee isn't paying more in a settlement with Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee because it has just $3,500 left.
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Fair trustee sues Durham's mother for $831,000

January 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
The lawsuit alleges Mitza Durham of Seymour received 58 checks or wire transfers from the indicted financier from February 2006 through November 2009.
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Home-foreclosure hiatus drives down bankruptciesRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
There were 22,754 cases filed in Southern District of Indiana in 2011, compared with 27,394 the prior year.
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Latest Fair Finance suits target Durham associates

December 27, 2011
Greg Andrews
Defendants include companies affiliated with Indianapolis restaurateur Henri Najem, the rapper Ludracis and former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Blair Kiel.
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East-side apartment complex target of $9M foreclosure

December 13, 2011
A Marion Superior Court judge has approved the appointment of a receiver to manage Lexington Park near North Post Road and East 38th Street.
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Failed dental chain lists no assets, $3.6 million debt

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
A New York dental chain that closed offices in 13 states, including eight in Indiana, without warning late last year lists no assets and liabilities of $3.6 million in a bankruptcy filing.
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Brizzi agrees to pay Fair Finance nearly $200K

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The Fair Finance trustee alleged that, in addition to being huge campaign contributors to former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, Tim Durham and his companies helped cover Brizzi's personal expenses.
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Suburban-hotel mayhem whipsaws entrepreneurRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Greg Andrews
Two of Sanjay Patel's hotels landed in bankruptcy in November. Four others filed for Chapter 11 protection last year.
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Bankruptcies decline in Indiana, nation

November 11, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins, Scott Olson
Indiana saw fewer bankruptcies for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 than it did the year before, with the state improving its national ranking based on case filings.
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Anderson racino emerges from bankruptcy

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The parent company of Anderson racetrack and casino Hoosier Park has officially emerged from bankruptcy. The original shareholders of Centaur Inc., about 80 individual Indiana investors, lost their entire investment in the company.
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Jeweler plans massive sale in bid to escape bankruptcy

October 3, 2011
Scott Olson
Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Inc., which sought Chapter 11 reorganization in April, is asking the court to let it bring in a national consultant to oversee a huge sale that would begin next month and last until February.
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Broadband provider Omnicity files for bankruptcy

October 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company, which had big plans to snap up rural broadband systems through the Midwest, has been in a financial slide for months.
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Suit says Irwin Union Bank execs missed snowballing riskRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Greg Andrews
The bankruptcy trustee's suit against the top three officers of the bank's parent seeks more than $500 million.
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Page Development CFO files for personal bankruptcy

September 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
Paul M. Pittman, one of four principals in a troubled Indianapolis-based condo developer, filed personal bankruptcy this week.
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Homebuilder Estridge files for bankruptcy

September 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. owes a list of creditors including banks, suppliers and vendors more than $50 million, but has assets of less than $5 million, he said.
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Former partner of Moe & Johnny's owner alleges fraudRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Greg Andrews
Real estate executive John Bales filed a lawsuit last month accusing Chuck Mack of “willfully and maliciously” misappropriating $200,000 that belonged to him.
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Judge in Ponzi case deals blow to Hoosier developerRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge in Florida has rejected a settlement that would have extricated former Indianapolis developer Sydney “Jack” Williams from tens of millions of dollars in claims for a mere $334,000.
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New financing may give battered dry cleaner fresh startRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
US Dry Cleaning’s September 2008 purchase of Tuchman Cleaners was supposed to end years of financial strain for the 25-store Indianapolis chain, but it didn’t happen.
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Precedent joins ranks of battered developersRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Precedent Cos.—the local developer of The Precedent Office Park, Mount Comfort Commercial Park and several upscale residential communities in Hamilton and Johnson counties—is winding down operations in an out-of-court restructuring.
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Prospects bright for Borders replacements

July 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Brokers expect strong demand from other retailers, in part because the failed bookstore chain carefully chose its real estate, opting for locations near concentrations of affluent and educated consumers.
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Jillian’s set to vacate ground floor of downtown building

July 15, 2011
Scott Olson
An unidentified restaurant and bar is set to sign a lease by Sept. 1 to assume the Meridian Street space Jillian's has agreed to relinquish as part of a lease dispute with its landlord. The entertainment complex will continue to operate on the second and third floors.
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Greenwood golf course reorganizing under bankruptcy

June 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Renamed Dye's Walk Country Club in 2007, the private golf course's original nine holes were the first designed by legendary course architect Pete Dye. The Greenwood course has fallen on financial hard times and is hoping to emerge under new ownership.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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