Bankruptcy

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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Arizona project bankrupts local developer BodnerRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Cory Schouten
Bruce Bodner, a quiet but prolific local developer who in the late 1990s bought and revitalized two of downtown’s most recognizable buildings, has filed for bankruptcy after making a doomed bet in Arizona.
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Shrunken Lauth emerges from reorganization

May 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Lauth Investment Properties, which holds the remains of the real estate empire of Lauth Group, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with about $25 million and a portfolio of properties valued at $35 million.
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Indiana Downs owner halts lawsuit amid bankruptcy

May 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Cordish Cos., a real-estate developer trying to build a casino near Baltimore, must temporarily halt a defamation lawsuit against the chief executive officer of Shelbyville casino owner Indianapolis Downs LLC, a federal judge said Tuesday.
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Indiana Live makes staff reductions

May 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana Live laid off about 30 members of its 800-person staff this week as the race track and casino’s owners sort through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Bosma to return $10,000 Durham donation

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's trustee says Bosma has agreed to return a $10,000 contribution from Durham. Meanwhile, Carl Brizzi, another big recipient of Durham donations, is in settlement discussions with the trustee.
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Local developer seeks bankruptcy protection

April 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Platinum Properties LLC, an Indianapolis upscale residential real estate developer, sought Chapter 11 protection on Monday, listing several huge debts to prominent local businesses and business people.
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Greenwood Shoppes seeks bankruptcy reorganization

April 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The shopping center on U.S. 31 is the third Broadbent-operated strip mall to fall into bankruptcy and its second in Greenwood to claim financial problems.
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Indiana Live owners using big-buck firms in Chapter 11 caseRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Downs LLC, owner of Indiana Live racetrack and casino, has hired top-tier national investment banking and law firms to represent it in Chapter 11 proceedings in U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware.
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Landlord seeking to evict Jillian's over unpaid rent

April 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The landlord of the downtown building that houses Jillian's, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week, wants the restaurant and entertainment complex out of its building, alleging the tenant owes nearly $700,000.
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Hofmeister jewelry business files Chapter 11

April 15, 2011
The northeast-side retailer listed assets of nearly $3.8 million and liabilities of $5.4 million. Much of the debt includes a bank loan and money owed to suppliers for inventory.
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Downtown Jillian’s restaurant owner files Chapter 11

April 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Locally based FB&F Entertainment LLC, which operates downtown restaurant and entertainment complex Jillian's, lists no assets and liabilities of nearly $2.2 million.
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Portrait Homes parent files for bankruptcy

April 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chicago-based Pasquinelli Homebuilding is seeking bankruptcy liquidation for all its business entities, including Portrait Homes Indiana, which built hundreds of homes in the Indianapolis area.
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Residential developer declares bankruptcy

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
John Swinehart, a former executive of Bruce Gunstra Builders Inc. who was involved in the Monon on Main project in Carmel, is seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. He lists liabilities of $8.3 million.
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Indy lawyer pays $371,000 to settle Fair Finance lawsuit

March 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's bankruptcy trustee says attorney Stephen Plopper and his wife are paying the full amount due under a loan that matured in 2006.
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Bank seeks to foreclose on Polo Club restaurant

March 28, 2011
The south-side steakhouse is named in lawsuit stemming from a $1 million loan made to the former owners of a Steak & Ale restaurant at the location on South East Street.
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Fair Finance investors likely to recover little money

March 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Authorities say Fair Finance, led by indicted businessman Tim Durham, owes 5,200 investors $230 million. But they're likely to recoup just a "teeny-tiny" fraction.
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Officials: Fair Finance largest fraud case in state's history

March 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indictment_WatchVideoTimothy S. Durham (pictured at far left), James F. Cochran and Rick D. Snow were all arrested on Wednesday following a grand jury indictment.
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BREAKING: Durham, two other executives indicted for fraud

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. have been indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a complaint against the men in federal court.
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Suitors circle faltering racinoRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Two racetrack owners have signaled they’re interested in buying Indiana Live racetrack and casino in Shelbyville as the facility begins to sort out its massive debt.
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Bankruptcy filings ease slightly in Indiana

February 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Total bankruptcy filings in the Southern District of Indiana, which encompasses Indianapolis and the surrounding counties, ticked down last year. Business bankruptcies in Indiana dropped 3.2 percent.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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