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Cousin wins minor damages in Mike's Carwash lawsuit

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
A Hamilton County judge has ruled that a former co-owner of Mike’s Carwash Inc. receive just $140,000 in damages in a civil case that sought close to $30 million.
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U.S. health-care overhaul upheld by Supreme Court

June 28, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, preserving most of a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.
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Supreme Court to review rules for supervisor in job-bias suits

June 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court will settle a dispute about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination lawsuit.
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High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward.
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Zionsville wins appeal in airport zoning dispute

June 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The town now has zoning jurisdiction over Indianapolis Executive Airport, which is located within its borders following an annexation, but is operated by the Hamilton County Airport Authority.
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Jury begins deliberations in Durham fraud trial

June 20, 2012
Cory Schouten
The jury began deliberations Wednesday morning in the federal fraud trial of financier Tim Durham and two co-defendants.
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Court ruling would lift cloud of uncertainty

June 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
The U.S. Supreme Court did not hand down a ruling in the health care reform case Monday morning. The nine justices meet again Thursday, but most observers expect the decision to come June 25 or June 28.
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Durham trial: Auditor expected problems at Fair Finance

June 15, 2012
Cory Schouten
The accounting firm Tim Durham hired to review the Ohio company’s 2003 finances refused to complete an audit because of concerns about the accuracy of its numbers and the appropriateness of its practices. The FBI raided Fair Finance in November 2009.
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Donald Fair leads off government's case against financier Durham

June 11, 2012
Cory Schouten
The man whose father founded Ohio-based Fair Finance during the Great Depression led off the government's case on Monday against the Indianapolis men accused of looting the company and leaving its investors with $200 million in losses.
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Judge, attorneys in Durham trial look for jurors untainted by media reports

June 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
A federal judge and a handful of attorneys are selecting jurors who could determine the fate of indicted financier Tim Durham and his co-defendants. The jury-selection process, which began Friday morning, launched what's expected to be a three-week trial over alleged wire and securities fraud.
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Indy’s sewer-fee forgiveness ruled constitutional by high court

June 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis didn’t violate the Constitution when it forgave sewer-system debt owed by some homeowners while refusing to give refunds to those who had already paid, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
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Durham lawyer wants lifestyle out of trialRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham’s attorney is hellbent on preventing prosecutors from fixating on the things that made the Indianapolis financier a staple of TV news and gossip columns—his fancy cars, waterfront mansion and other trappings of a lavish lifestyle. Durham's trial is set to begin on Friday.
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Emmis restructuring plan to be heard by federal judge

May 31, 2012
Scott Olson

Whether the company can strip preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends will be decided in court. Shareholders have filed suit in an attempt to stop the proposal from being voted on.

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Judge hears fight to sex offenders' Facebook ban

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge said Thursday she plans to rule within a month on the constitutionality of an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networking websites where they could prey on children.
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Indiana fair lawsuits won't go to trial until 2014

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
A group of lawsuits filed over last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse likely won't go to trial for nearly two years.
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Feds say wiretaps show evidence of financial plot

May 15, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge in Indianapolis refused to throw out wiretap evidence in the $200 million fraud trial of former Indiana businessman Tim Durham as the government outlined a case largely based on those recordings.
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Indiana judge declines to release Sugarland testimony

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
A judge hearing several lawsuits filed over last summer's Indiana State Fair stage collapse declined Wednesday to release depositions from country duo Sugarland and told a plaintiff's attorney he shouldn't have publicized videotaped portions of the lead singer's testimony last month.
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Indiana high court expected to remain business-friendlyRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Scott Olson
A spate of turnover on the Indiana Supreme Court won't bring a change in the court's reputation for consensus-building and consistency, court watchers say.
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Ex-Colt Schlichter's latest sentence: 11 years

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
Ex-Ohio State and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter was sentenced Friday to nearly 11 years in federal prison for scamming participants in what authorities called a million-dollar sports ticket scheme.
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County small-claims courts could receive overhaul

May 2, 2012
Associated Press
Marion County's small-claims courts could get a thorough makeover after a report released Tuesday detailed "significant and widespread problems" with how they're run.
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Local attorney charged with defrauding clients of $2.5M

April 27, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
William F. Conour, 64, turned himself in to federal authorities Friday morning, accused of engaging in a scheme from December 2000 to March 2012 to defraud his clients, using money obtained from new settlement funds to pay for old settlements and debts.
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State asks judge to uphold Indiana immigration law

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
State attorneys say the ACLU is exaggerating the powers Indiana's new immigration law gives to local police in an effort to persuade a federal judge to throw out parts of the law.
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Former Mike's Carwash partner seeking $30M

April 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Jerry Dahm is asking a Hamilton Superior Court judge to force the two owners of the company to buy his stake in its real estate arm for more than $26.2 million, on top of another $3.3 million he wants from his share in the car wash chain. The two owners already have agreed to pay him $17.1 million.
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IBM: Indiana canceled deal because of budget woes

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The real reason Indiana canceled its nearly $1.4 billion contract with IBM for a troubled welfare automation system was state budget problems, a lawyer for the computer giant argued Tuesday. But the state said IBM was more concerned about profit than getting assistance to needy people.
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Supreme Court can't stop 'reform'

March 26, 2012
J.K. Wall
Leaping costs, aging populace and cash-strapped consumers will drive reform in health care industries even if court strikes down law.
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