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Vaunted attorney Bill Conour has lots of explaining to doRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Greg Andrews
A large question looms in the wake of the April 27 announcement that Conour has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with misappropriating more than $2.5 million in client funds from December 2000 to March 2012. If he is indeed guilty of the wire-fraud charge he faces, where did all the money go?
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After years of 'pushing water uphill,' Emmis now nimbleRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis media company is on track to have less than $75 million in debt by this summer—down from $1.6 billion before it launched the divestiture of its TV stations seven years ago.
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Broker tied to ISTA insurance woes still tangling with stateRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
David Karandos failed to make fine payments due March 1 and April 1, and Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor has ordered him to appear at a May hearing to make the case why “additional consequences” aren’t warranted.
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Judge slaps down attorneys behind ITT fraud lawsuitRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt late last month granted ITT’s motion for attorney’s fees and sanctions against Mississippi attorney Timothy Matusheski, as well as two law firms that worked with him on the case—Motley Rice LLC in Los Angeles and Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in Indianapolis.
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Investors still may clean up on some clean-tech betsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Greg Andrews
The spectacular flameouts of some startup firms underscores the risk of relying on infusions of federal money to keep a business viable.
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Client seeks lost revenue from Oxford FinancialRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in Richmond alleges the financial adviser's delay in selling investments cost the hospital more than $2.5 million.
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Dynamics in place to mint public companies aplentyRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis attorneys say numerous local private firms are on the IPO sidelines, mulling whether to try to capitalize on the strengthening economy and improving investor appetite for new issues.
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Fuel prices wreak havoc on Republic Airways turnaroundRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Greg Andrews
If the cost of aircraft fuel continues to approach $3.50 a gallon, 2012 fuel costs for the company's Frontier unit fuel will end up $40 million higher than the business plan.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee alleges complicity by silenceRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Greg Andrews
Lawyers overseeing Fair Finance's liquidation charge that, every step of the way, businesspeople who crossed Tim Durham’s path and witnessed questionable behavior looked the other way—because it was highly profitable for them to do so.
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Couple accused of tax fraud turning the tables on stateRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Real estate investor Chris Marten and his wife, Janice—a longtime Carmel jeweler—charge in a new federal lawsuit that investigators trampled on their constitutional rights during the inquiry, which resulted in 28 criminal charges.
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Wiretaps suggest Durham tried to sugarcoat Fair's woesRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Greg Andrews
Transcripts of phone conversations capture Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham discussing ways to recast company financials to mitigate Ohio securities regulators’ concerns about massive insider loans.
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Disappointing quarter puts WellPoint brass on hot seatRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts say the company has struggled to generate the consistent earnings that rivals have, in part because of mispricing of its Medicare Advantage senior coverage.
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Sale of storied bank reflects industry's difficult timesRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Greg Andrews
John Keach Jr., the third generation of his family to lead Indiana Bank & Trust, looked into the future and wondered how—given the lackluster economy and increasing costs for everything from employee benefits to regulatory compliance—it would generate robust earnings growth.
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ExactTarget's IPO plan could draw out suitorsRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
Firms pursuing IPOs simultaneously investigate the possibility of a sale as a matter of course, in part because doing so helps investment bankers assess how they should price shares if they pull the trigger on an offering.
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Simon chasing title of state's most valuable companyRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
David Simon's massive new compensation plan—which includes a $120 million long-term bonus—is a drop in the bucket compared with the wealth the company has been creating in recent years, even as the overall market zigs and zags.
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Battle between phone rivals spills into the courtroomRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Brightpoint sues Miami rival Brightstar twice in one week over its hiring of two former executives of the local wireless-phone distributor.
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Valuing ExactTarget a hit-or-miss exerciseRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
Appraisals of private companies are inherently dicey, especially if they're not making money.
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Judge in high-stakes lawsuit drowns lawyers in praiseRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
The federal judge said class counsel achieved “fabulous results with incredible efficiency” and that he had never been more proud of his profession in his 36-year legal career.
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ExactTarget has remade itself since last IPO bidRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
Things change so fast in the technology world that the prospectus ExactTarget Inc. filed four years ago when it first sought to go public reads today almost like something from the floppy-disk era.
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Investors across city hit jackpot in Angie's List IPORestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
The initial public offering price was $13, the high end of the range projected in regulatory filings. That price was more than quadruple the average price of $2.76 paid by prior investors.
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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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Duke Realty's massive office sale wins praise on Wall Street

November 5, 2011
Greg Andrews
Investors have bid up shares of Duke Realty 13 percent since the company announced it was selling a huge portfolio of office buildings for $1.1 billion.
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Lilly fights view that fate hinges on Alzheimer's drugRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Analysts have eyes on trial data for drug that could be a game-changer for the company.
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Indiana making hay from Illinois' tax mayhem

October 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Many Illinois firms are serious about moving or expanding out of state—and Indiana economic development officials are racing to capitalize.
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Cracker Barrel battling to keep Biglari at bay

October 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has rejected Biglari’s request that directors appoint him and business partner Phil Cooley to the board. It also has rolled out a “poison pill” plan that would deter outside investors from taking over the business without negotiating with the board first.
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