Bankruptcy

Creditors: General Growth biased toward Brookfield proposal

March 3, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. may favor a risky bid from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. because of that company’s agreement with William Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP, creditors said in court documents. Simon Property Group also has bid to acquire the bankrupt company.
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Bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance wades into morass of insider loans

February 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Brian Bash will need to untangle a web of related-party transactions that have befuddled nearly everyone who has tried to make sense of them.
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Report: Brookfield plans bid for Simon target General Growth

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. plans to bid for a stake in General Growth Properties Inc., beating an offer by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. for the bankrupt shopping mall owner, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Judge places Fair Finance into bankruptcy

February 19, 2010
Greg Andrews
A federal trustee will take control of the company's assets while securities-fraud probes continue.
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Banks suing Broadbent, pushing one strip center into bankruptcy

February 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co.’s legal battles with lenders have escalated, pushing one of its 34 strip malls into bankruptcy and prompting Huntington National Bank and PNC Bank to sue to collect principal owed on loans tied to four more.
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Shareholders in bankrupt Accuride pursuing loan

February 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Accuride shareholders are trying to arrange a $400 million loan to fund the Evansville company’s exit from bankruptcy.
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Lender alleges Lauth insiders backdated loan documents

January 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
The largest creditor for Lauth Group Inc. has asked a bankruptcy judge to appoint a trustee after evidence in a related case suggested Lauth insiders may have backdated documents to thwart creditors.
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Housing meltdown claims at least one homebuilder

December 26, 2009
Scott Olson
Two more local homebuilders fell victim in 2009 to the prolonged meltdown of the housing market. Carmel-based C.P. Morgan Communities LP closed in February, and Indianapolis-based Hansen & Horn Group Inc. is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
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Radio giant Citadel files for bankruptcy protection

December 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Las Vegas-based Citadel Broadcasting, which owns three radio stations in Indiana, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load.
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Remnants of failed Premier Properties finally hit market

November 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
CB Richard Ellis recently began marketing the most prominent of Premier Properties’ local properties, Metropolis. The Venu site at the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue also is up for grabs.
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Failed jewelry retailer to sell millions in inventory

November 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
An old-line Indianapolis jewelry business has shut down, setting the stage for the sale of millions of dollars in remaining inventory through auctions planned in Indianapolis, Chicago, Miami and Naples, Fla.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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Irwin Financial files for bankruptcy liquidation

September 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Columbus-based Irwin Financial Corp. has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, setting the stage for the liquidation of the remaining assets of the troubled banking company.
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Developer Lauth's bankrupt units win round in courtRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Lauth Group Inc. in recent weeks has won critical courtroom victories that likely will allow company principals to retain control of three subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Lauth Group's collapse offers a lesson in hubrisRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Greg Andrews
Since key Lauth Group subsidiaries landed in bankruptcy in May, the company has described its misfortune almost as if it were an act of God.
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Accuride warns of bankruptcy, reports loss

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Evansville-based truck parts maker Accuride Corp., one of the state's largest companies, warned today in its quarterly financial report that the company might seek bankruptcy protection if lenders refuse to restructure its debt.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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Judge to determine whether Lauth's filing was properRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The largest outside investor in embattled developer Lauth Group Inc. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the company's bankruptcy cases.
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Indiana logs more complaints against collectors as pressure mounts to make debtors pay upRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Sam Stall
A lot of people owe money these days, and some of the agencies hired to pursue them are resorting to old- school tactics to collect. Things like calling at all hours, threatening to have debtors jailed or fired, or employing abusive language.
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Lauth granted reprieveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge has given Lauth Group Inc. a reprieve from an equity investor that is seeking to take control of most of the developer's properties.
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Bankrupt firm's creditors unlikely to rubber-stamp saleRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Greg Andrews
Norwood Promotional Products Inc. suggests it's positioned to sail through bankruptcy, thanks to a pending-sales agreement. But creditors, owed nearly $300 million, are expected to balk.
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Activist shareholder makes case against Conseco's boardRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
An activist shareholder vying to become a director of Conseco Inc. says the insurance company's board "completely misjudged" the risks it faced when it emerged from bankruptcy in 2003 and hasn't recovered since. Now an independent shareholder advisory firm is siding with him.
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Lauth needs financing, real-estate recovery to emerge from bankruptcyRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Cory Schouten
The 32-year-old developer Lauth Group Inc. likely will survive in some form if the company can find financing to get it through a Chapter 11 reorganization and if the real estate market doesn't take too long to turn around, experts said.
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Struggling contractors hope for sale of factoryRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Contractors struggling under the weight of an unfinished factory in Tipton are hoping for a quick sale to recover at least some of the $44 million they say they're owed by Getrag Transmission Manufacturing.
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HHGregg vying to win customers of Circuit CityRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Company officials think HHGregg is well-positioned to fill the void that Circuit City Stores Inc. will leave when its stores are closed.
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