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Ex-employee files harassment lawsuit against ChaCha

April 4, 2014
Dan Human
The suit alleges that the wife of company founder Scott Jones believed he was having an affair with the employee, and the firm didn't do enough to prevent the wife from confronting and threatening her at work.
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Former Junior Achievement boss loses defamation appeal

April 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Jeffrey Miller wanted claims reinstated against Federal Express Corp. and 500 Festival Inc., which owned computers used to post online comments alleging his misuse of funds and possible criminal acts.
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After 30 years, Judge Barker to dial back caseload

March 31, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Sarah Evans Barker was the first woman appointed to the federal court in Indiana. After 30 years on the federal bench, she will transition to semi-retired status effective June 30.
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Bank files to foreclose on Garcia Construction property

March 27, 2014
Scott Olson
Fifth Third Bank claims that the company operated by Charles Garcia, a former Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce chairman, owes it about $2.3 million for loans on Garcia Construction's building at 6002 N. Michigan Road, and on personal property.
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Purdue loses appeal to shield discrimination report

March 24, 2014
Dave Stafford
An appellate panel had harsh words for Purdue University’s conduct in shielding a report investigating a former chancellor’s complaint of gender discrimination and harassment against former university president France Cordova.
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Judge to Ballard rep: We decide where courts go

March 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges on Friday gave a grudging endorsement to the former General Motors stamping plant site as the location for a proposed criminal justice complex, but not before sending a message to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard that the courts are their call.
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Criminal code update pleases some, worries others

March 13, 2014
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the bill “has been a long time coming” and will provide “sentencing reform that really has been sorely needed.”
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Judge: Case not made for airport justice center site

March 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The judge with authority over Marion County court facilities isn’t convinced that a 35-acre site by Indianapolis International Airport is the best pick for the proposed criminal justice complex.
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Institute analyzing proposed sites for criminal justice complex

March 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is analyzing proposed sites for a Marion County Criminal Justice Complex and may reveal its findings by the end of this week.
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Zoeller to defend Indiana marriage law against suit

March 7, 2014
Associated Press
Four couples from southern Indiana filed suit in federal court Friday looking to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage and the refusal to recognize gay marriages from other states.
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Supreme Court removes local judge from bench

March 4, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Judge Kimberly Brown had been on paid suspension since Jan. 9 pending final discipline for multiple violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
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Emmis wins latest battle in unpaid-dividend case

March 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Plaintiffs in the case had sought $34 million in unpaid dividends. Shareholders had voted in 2012 to wipe away the obligation, at the request of management.
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Justices suspend former Brizzi deputy prosecutor

February 27, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Former Marion County Deputy Prosecutor David Wyser, who pleaded guilty last year to bribery in a federal public-corruption probe, has been suspended from the practice of law.
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Convenience stores prepare case to sell cold beer

February 13, 2014
Scott Olson
The stores' lawsuit against the state argues that Indiana's law governing cold-beer sales is unconstitutional. But a phalanx of other beverage retailers has lined up to oppose the action.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Jury acquits music venue manager in 2009 fire

February 1, 2014
Associated Press
A Brown County jury on Friday acquitted James Bowyer of Morgantown on all charges in his arson trial. He was accused of setting the fire that destroyed the Little Nashville Opry in September 2009.
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Workers not owed for changing time, Supreme Court rules

January 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Companies in many cases don’t have to pay workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, siding with U.S. Steel Corp. in a lawsuit by 800 workers.
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Judges could carry firearms under proposed law

January 24, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 3 would allow judges to carry firearms when they are on duty. The bill passed 47-1 in the Senate.
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Foes of $25M Broad Ripple project go to court

January 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The local group wants a judge to overturn the city's decision to grant zoning variances for the apartment-and-retail project. In the meantime, developer Browning Investments is moving forward with its plans.
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Some attorneys not sold on proposed justice complex

January 15, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Moving the Marion County Jail, courts and other criminal justice functions to a consolidated site outside of downtown could gut businesses in the Mile Square and play havoc with legal offices, attorneys say.
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Local attorney, developer Page files bankruptcy

January 8, 2014
Scott Olson
Paul J. Page was one of four principals of troubled Indianapolis-based condo firm Page Development, which spearheaded the Villagio at Page Pointe project at the south edge of downtown.
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Panel recommends removing Marion County judge

December 30, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court will determine what discipline Judge Kimberly Brown should receive in what is believed to be the most extensive case against a judge in the history of the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission.
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Pending criminal code changes focus of concern

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana prosecutors are concerned that pending changes in the state's criminal code, now set to go into effect next summer, will dramatically impair their ability to battle drug crimes.
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Bloomington defends tough smoke-detector ordinance

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
Property owners sued in July to block the law, which requires landlords to install hard-wired smoke detectors by 2019.
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Church office manager charged with $177K theft

December 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
An officer manager for an Indianapolis church faces charges of theft and forgery, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday, after more than $177,000 was stolen from the church’s bank accounts.
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