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Rolls-Royce must face whistle-blowers’ lawsuit

June 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Rolls-Royce Corp. lost a bid Monday for dismissal of a whistle-blower lawsuit pressed by two former quality-control officers claiming the company cheated the United States by failing to report defense-contract product defects.
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Dead fugitive from central Indiana defrauded hundreds

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Oregon authorities say 62-year-old Phillip Ferguson died last week from a gunshot wound to the head soon after fleeing from two officers and an FBI agent. Ferguson vanished in 2000 after being accused of bilking more than 600 investors out of $30 million.
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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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Former Indiana chief justice joins IU institute

June 1, 2012
The university appointed Randall Shepard to a two-year term as its first executive-in-residence of its Public Policy Institute within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Shepard stepped down as chief justice in March.
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Former state worker sentenced in welfare scam

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A former Indiana welfare worker has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for creating bogus debit cards he and a co-worker used to steal $185,000 from needy residents' state benefit accounts.
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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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Smoking-ban lawsuits face long odds, legal expert says

May 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A constitutional law professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis said he doubts 10 bar owners have a chance fighting the city's smoking ban in court. The ban goes into effect Friday.
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Lawsuit takes on debt-modification firmRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A lawsuit filed in Georgia against an Indianapolis firm that helps consumers settle debt is just one in a parade of complaints targeting the industry.
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IndyCar settles lawsuit over Izod sponsorship

May 25, 2012
Scott Olson
A Florida-based sports marketing firm had claimed in a lawsuit that it was owed million of dollars in commissions for landing the clothing brand as the league's title sponsor.
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Federal court to hear Steak n Shake franchisee appeal

May 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The case involves an Illinois franchisee of Steak n Shake that successfully sued the company over its mandatory menu and pricing policies. The company's appeal is set to be heard Wednesday by a federal appeals court in Chicago.
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Dan Laikin spurred probe of Tim Durham, filings reveal

May 19, 2012
Greg Andrews
The FBI had been investigating Tim Durham since March 2009, when his friend Dan Laikin, a Fair Finance board member, offered up incriminating information on the Indianapolis financier in hopes of securing a lighter sentence for himself in an unrelated case.
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Judge says lawsuit can proceed against for-profit educator

May 15, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against a large for-profit education company accused of using improper sales tactics to lure unqualified students and the billions of dollars in financial aid they bring. The company has two colleges in Indianapolis.
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Acting Indiana chief justice Dickson picked to head court

May 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission voted Tuesday to make Brent Dickson the state's first new chief justice in 25 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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Justices grill both sides in IU Health case

May 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
Much of the nearly 45 minutes of arguments and questioning on May 10 involved the justices and the lawyers for both parties trying unsuccessfully to apply various scenarios from the retail world of commerce to health care pricing.
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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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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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Massa sworn in as Indiana's new Supreme Court justice

May 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's newest Supreme Court justice says the court and its justices are "fallible" and that public institutions should acknowledge that they won't always get things right.
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State's high court to weigh hospital bills

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Supreme Court this week will consider whether hospital billing practices should be put on trial. The state’s highest court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case in which two uninsured patients have sued Indiana University Health for charging them much higher prices than it would have charged insured patients.
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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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Still buyer's market for new law school gradsRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Sam Stall
Law firms are taking advantage of having the upper hand with salaries, work expectations.
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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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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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