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Chief justice wants lawyers to do more pro bono work

July 22, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
One key proposal from a state commission is to require all licensed attorneys in Indiana to report their pro bono hours.
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Local attorney pleads guilty in $4.5M fraud case

July 8, 2013
Dave Stafford
After a judge revoked his bond and accused him of misleading the court, former personal-injury lawyer William Conour entered a guilty plea in his federal wire fraud case.
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Judge sends Conour to jail for bond violation

June 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
William Conour, the former high-profile personal-injury attorney accused of fraud, was led from federal court in handcuffs Thursday after a judge said Conour had misled the court and violated conditions of his bond.
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Greenwood bookkeeper gets 9 years for stealing $680K

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
Prosecutors said 53-year-old Karen Armacost forged hundreds of checks and took credit card payments between 2007 and 2012 from bank accounts maintained by Greenwood Orthopaedics.
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Conour still free after hearing, but judge 'deeply concerned'

June 13, 2013
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has withheld a ruling on revoking the bond for William Conour, the former high-profile personal-injury attorney accused of defrauding 25 or more clients of at least $4.5 million.
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Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions.
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Judge grants class status to lawsuit against BMV

May 6, 2013
Associated Press
As many as 4 million Indiana drivers could become plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has overcharged for driver's licenses since 2007.
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Assets of attorney in fraud case have gone missing, feds say

May 3, 2013
Dave Stafford
After being charged with defrauding clients, Indianapolis attorney William Conour was ordered not to dispose of his personal property. But much of it is now missing, including art, furniture, sports memorabilia and bottles of expensive champagne, according to court filings.
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Grifter gets 19 months for fraud that hit Indy firms

April 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Despite her dramatic pleas to a federal judge on Tuesday, Dina Wein Reis, who defrauded corporations out of millions of dollars, will go to prison.
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Sheridan businessman gets 8-year term for fraud

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett issued the 97-month prison term to Lowell Hancher of Hamilton County. The Sheridan businessman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.
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Judge orders new venue for officer in fatal crash

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
Marion County Judge Grant Hawkins said the case surrounding David Bisard had generated too much publicity for him to get a fair trial in central Indiana.
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Durham gets 50 years for fraud scheme

November 30, 2012
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Former Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham was sentenced to 50 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme that led to the collapse of Fair Finance, costing thousands of investors $250 million. Accomplices Jim Cochran and Rick Snow received 25 years and 10 years, respectively.
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Fraud victims detail losses before Durham's sentencing

November 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A 74-year-old former nun who cares for young children to earn a living after being swindled out of her life savings and a woman whose father lost $170,000 in proceeds from the sale of his farm testified against Tim Durham and his two fraud accomplices Friday morning.
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Prosecutors: Durham, accomplices deserve life sentences

November 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Saying their crimes were "as serious as any financial fraud crime ever committed," federal prosecutors re-emphasized Monday their recommendation that Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and his two accomplices deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Supreme Court ponders definition of work supervisor

November 27, 2012
Associated Press, Indiana Lawyer Staff
The Supreme Court, in response to an Indiana case, may make a final decision on whether to draw a legal line between work colleagues and work managers, at least when it comes to harassment and retaliation claims.
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Much of trustee’s suit against Fair Finance lenders dismissed

November 12, 2012
Scott Olson
Fair Finance Co.'s investors have been dealt a blow by a federal judge who dismissed a bankrutpcy trustee's lawsuit against one of the company’s deep-pocketed lenders.
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Indiana's first female justice since 1999 takes oath

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Loretta Rush became the second female Indiana Supreme Court justice in state history during a private swearing-in ceremony Wednesday.
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Local lawyer appointed federal bankruptcy judge

October 31, 2012
James M. Carr of the Indianapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been appointed to a 14-year term effective Jan. 1. His selection follows the recent appointment of Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly.
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Justice sets up campaign website

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
Justice Steven David must pass a yes or no vote in the Nov. 6 election to remain on the state's highest court. But opponents want David ousted.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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First woman named to Indiana Supreme Court since 1999

September 14, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has named a Tippecanoe County judge as the first woman on the Indiana Supreme Court in 13 years.
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Former Durham exec ordered to pay $30,000

August 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Obsidian Enterprises Inc. President Terry Whitesell will pay the amount as part of a settlement agreement. A bankruptcy trustee representing investors of Fair Finance Co., owned by convicted financier Tim Durham, had sought more than $225,000 from Whitesell.
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Search for next Indiana high court justice narrowed to three

August 9, 2012
Associated Press, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Hamilton Superior Judge Steve Nation, Tippecanoe Superior Judge Loretta Rush and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were chosen Wednesday by the  Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.
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Dickson sworn in as Indiana's new chief justice

August 6, 2012
Associated Press
Longtime Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson has been formally sworn in as the state's first new chief justice since 1987.
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Indiana can't collect on IBM welfare lawsuit, judge rules

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana cannot collect millions of dollars it claims IBM owed after its efforts to overhaul the state's welfare system failed, and the computer giant is entitled to payment for equipment the state kept, a judge said in a Wednesday ruling that condemned both sides.
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