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Durham family members agree to settle trustee claims

November 8, 2013
Attorneys for the Fair Finance trustee said Tim Durham's ex-wife, Joan SerVaas, has agreed to pay $100,000 and Bernard Durham, his adopted son, $10,000 to settle a lawsuit charging they accepted nearly $300,000 from the disgraced financier.
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Appeals court weighs Duke Energy merger deal

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
The North Carolina Court of Appeals is being asked to decide whether the deal that made Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. the country's largest electric company should be revised to do more for consumers.
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Judge to decide soon if Ritz can sue board with own attorneys

November 5, 2013
A judge could decide as early as Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit that state Superintendent Glenda Ritz has filed against 10 members of the Board of Education she chairs.
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Indianapolis officer Bisard convicted in fatal 2010 crash

November 5, 2013
Associated Press
A suspended Indianapolis police officer was convicted Tuesday of driving drunk and causing a fatal crash in a case that has roiled the city's police department for more than three years.
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Former Simon exec pleads guilty to fraud in kickback scheme

November 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro, 55, likely faces prison time after admitting to his role in a scheme that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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Lawmakers considering more changes to patent laws

November 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
U.S. lawmakers, influenced by companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., are considering the second set of patent-law changes in three years as the courts try to race ahead of Congress.
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Indiana trial courts got 1.6 million cases in 2012

November 4, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report, released Monday, provide details about court operations at the county and appellate level.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Prosecutors seeking 14-month sentence for attorney Page

November 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Indianapolis attorney Paul J. Page to prison for his role in a real estate deal involving a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Central Indiana trustee pleads guilty to taking $270,000

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
Sandra Norman was charged with stealing the money by writing checks to herself, friends and her boyfriend since she became trustee in early 2011.
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Home loan banks drop objection to $8.5B settlement

October 31, 2013
Bloomberg News
Lawyers for the Federal Home Loan Banks of Boston, Chicago and Indianapolis on Wednesday told a New York Supreme Court judge they are withdrawing from the case against Bank of America Corp.
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NCAA loses bid to dismiss ex-athletes’ antitrust claims

October 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association lost a bid to dismiss antitrust claims in a lawsuit brought by ex-student athletes over the use of their images and likenesses on television and in video games.
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Radio One alleges ex-WTLC DJ violated 'payola' policy

October 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Khris Raye" filed suit for breach of contract and back pay after being fired, and Radio One responded that the former disc jockey violated the station's policy for altering its playlist.
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Pizzeria plagiarism? Napolese suing Crust over close likeness

October 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou founder Martha Hoover contends the owner of newcomer Crust in Carmel has stolen the look of her Napolese pizzerias and is confusing customers.
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Education board member seeks dismissal of Ritz suit

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A member of the Indiana Board of Education asked a Marion County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed this week by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in Indiana's ongoing education battle.
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Schools chief Ritz files suit against state board of education

October 22, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed a lawsuit Tuesday that accuses 10 members of the State Board of Education of violating state law in a secret effort to undermine her.
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Statement by U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett on Carl Brizzi

October 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon.
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Ex-Indiana official questions Brizzi's health

October 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's former elections chief raised questions about his attorney's health during his 2012 voter fraud trial and said he thought it was "a joke" that his defense strategy was to call no witnesses.
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Columbia Club directors take aim at fellow board members in court

October 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Three members of the 124-year-old club's board of directors allege that election rules were changed behind closed doors and in violation of procedure and state law.
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Conour gets 10-year sentence in $6.7M fraud case

October 17, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Former attorney William Conour sat in a federal courtroom Thursday afternoon and listened to several of his former clients tearfully describe how he had lied to them and stolen money from their settlements. The judge imposed half of the maximum sentence.
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Brizzi says letting White testify would've been 'disaster'

October 15, 2013
Associated Press
A judge is hearing arguments from former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White that his conviction on voter fraud should be thrown out because his lawyer, Carl Brizzi, didn't adequately defend him.
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Prosecutors urge 20-year sentence for lawyer Conour in $7M fraud

October 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The toll from fraud perpetrated by former personal-injury attorney William Conour has increased significantly from earlier estimates, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday.
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District, ex-superintendent settle court fight over $1M payout

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township settled with former superintendent Terry Thompson, with neither side paying the other anything, according to Thompson's attorney.
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Simon’s board wrongfully denied CEO pay vote, lawyers argue

October 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group directors improperly refused to let shareholders vote on changes to the company's executive-compensation plan that resulted in a $120 million stock award to CEO David Simon, investors' lawyers argued Monday in court.
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$120M lawsuit over central Indiana factory moves ahead

October 14, 2013
Associated Press
The appeals court declined to hear an appeal from Getrag Transmission of a Tipton County judge's ruling that the lawsuit filed by Walbridge Construction should go to trial or settlement.
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