Law

Fair Finance trustee attorneys could land bigger jackpot

March 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Attorneys assisting the Fair Finance Co. bankruptcy trustee have agreed to no longer be paid by the hour but instead on a contingency based on a percentage of funds recovered for shareholders of the company owned by indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Government sues to close tax preparer in 5 cities

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department is going to court in an effort to close a tax preparation company called Instant Tax Service and its offices in Indianapolis and four other cities, accusing franchisees of preparing fraudulent tax returns to maximize refunds and extract large tax preparation fees.
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Two charged in $2.2M scheme against Colts' Freeney

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
A financial adviser for Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and the adviser's lover have been arrested on federal wire fraud charges that allege they swindled about $2.2 million from the lineman.
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Device maker Biomet paying $22.7M to settle bribery case

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana-based Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay $22.7 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil allegations that it bribed government-employed doctors in Argentina, Brazil and China for eight years to win business with hospitals.
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Judge rejects some of Indiana's claims against IBM

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
The core issue in a dispute over a project to modernize Indiana's welfare system — whether IBM breached the billion-dollar contract — wasn't addressed when a judge dismissed 17 of the state's claims against the computer giant, an attorney for the state said Monday.
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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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Indiana Supreme Court back to work with new leader

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Brent Dickson will preside as the acting chief justice on the Indiana Supreme Court following the retirement of longtime Chief Justice Randall Shepard.
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Client seeks lost revenue from Oxford FinancialRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in Richmond alleges the financial adviser's delay in selling investments cost the hospital more than $2.5 million.
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Daniels names former counsel Massa to high court

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday named 50-year-old Mark Massa to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard from the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Ex-investment manager Hauke gets 10 years for fraud

March 23, 2012
Scott Olson
Keenan Hauke of Fishers, who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in December after costing hedge fund clients $7 million, received a 10-year federal prison sentence Friday morning.
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Judge orders Sugarland to testify in April on stage collapse

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had proposed giving depositions in May regarding the deadly 2011 state fair accident, but on Friday Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin instead ordered testimony early next month.
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Court: Indiana can't deny welfare without reason

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Thursday that the state Family and Social Services Administration can't deny Medicaid, food stamps or welfare to people without first doing a better job of telling them why.
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Insurers speed health care overhaul preparations

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The nation's big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul even though there's a chance the wide-reaching law won't survive Supreme Court scrutiny.
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Mike’s Carwash trial awaits closing arguments

March 22, 2012
Lawyers on Wednesday finished presenting evidence to determine the true value of Mike’s Carwash Inc. and how much a former co-owner should have been paid for his share in the company.
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Lawsuits filed over school bus crash that killed 2

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based personal-injury attorney Ken Nunn says some of the injuries to children from a school bus crash in Indianapolis that killed the driver and a student could have been prevented if the bus had seat belts.
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Indianapolis attorney pleads guilty to theft charges

March 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis attorney has pleaded guilty to theft charges after prosecutors say she took nearly $600,000 from two accounts for which she was responsible.
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Sugarland wants to delay stage testimony until May

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo Sugarland want to wait until May to give depositions in lawsuits over a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair because they're preparing to tour, their attorney argued in court motions filed Wednesday.
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Gay-youth advocacy to fight for Indiana plate's return

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana gay-youth advocacy group said it will seek legal help and fight to keep its specialty license plate despite opposition from lawmakers and conservative activists.
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Governor signs bill regarding residents resisting police

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill laying out when Indiana residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Retiring Indiana chief justice celebrated at ceremony

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Judges, attorneys, many former law clerks and others honored retiring Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard on Monday, praising his ongoing commitment to the state and leadership in its legal community.
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Downtown condo residents sue developer over damage

March 19, 2012
Scott Olson
The homeowners association for the 70-unit Hudson wants the building's developer, Kosene & Kosene, to pay to repair damage it alleges was caused by faulty construction.
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Ex-One Call execs turn on each other in latest ventureRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Lawsuit alleges two of six partners in Qtego seized control and locked them out of the northwest-side firm, which developments telecommunications technology.
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Local legal practices raise national rankingRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Barnes & Thornburg, Faegre Baker Daniels, Ice Miller and others all grew in a ranking of firms based on number of attorneys.
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Daniels names longtime state senator as secretary of state

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.
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Supreme Court rejects Democrats' election-chief challenge

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that ousted Secretary of State Charlie White had been eligible to run for office in 2010, rejecting a Democratic challenge and clearing the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint a replacement.
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