Law

Indiana University buys up triple-X domain names

December 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana University is acquiring 11 Internet domains names using a new suffix meant for pornography sites. Numerous colleges across the nation are taking similar measures.
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Junior Achievement lawsuit swells with defendantsRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The defamation case filed by former CEO Jeffrey Miller now has 17 defendants, many of whom are accused of posting disparaging comments on websites.
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Tapes show concern before Indiana stage collapse

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
A recording of dispatch radio calls shows that emergency workers were expressing concern about severe weather just minutes before winds ripped through the Indiana State Fair and caused a fatal stage collapse.
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Plowman receives 40-month federal sentence

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Thursday afternoon sentenced former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
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IU law school in Indianapolis gets $24M from McKinney

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis will be renamed Robert H. McKinney School of Law in honor of the retired banker and attorney.
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Takeda, Lilly may face thousands of suits over Actos claims

December 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and marketing co-partner Eli Lilly and Co. may face as many as 10,000 lawsuits in U.S. courts over allegations that their Actos diabetes drug causes bladder cancer.
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Prosecutors recommend 6-1/2 years for Plowman

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The former City-County Councilor, convicted in September on federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon.
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Steak n Shake hit with overtime lawsuit

November 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Two workers at restaurants in Georgia are suing the Indianapolis-based burger chain for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to hourly employees.
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IU law school in Indianapolis to make ‘major’ announcement

November 30, 2011
The local legal community is speculating that the announcement involves a large donation and a renaming of the school.
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Commission slaps judge over fundraising solicitation

November 30, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
Judge Rebekah Pierson-Treacy received the admonishment after an August fundraising solicitation sparked controversy.
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Jury awards $27M in damages over propane explosion

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
A jury has held a utility liable for $27 million in damages over a propane explosion at a central Indiana horse farm that killed a man and injured three family members.
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JONES: Patent reform is mixed bag for life sciences companiesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Kristin Jones / Special to IBJ
For Indiana's life sciences sector, the change both raises hopes and creates challenges for continued growth.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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State Fair victims sue Sugarland over stage collapse

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and the family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy.
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Emmis strikes $16M deal to buy back preferred stock

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The transaction with New York-based Alden Global Capital, the largest holder of Emmis preferred stock, is expected to end more than a year of legal wrangling involving the two companies.
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Brizzi agrees to pay Fair Finance nearly $200K

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The Fair Finance trustee alleged that, in addition to being huge campaign contributors to former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, Tim Durham and his companies helped cover Brizzi's personal expenses.
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Central Indiana district hires law firm to defend bus fee

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Franklin Township board voted 3-2 Monday night to fight a parent lawsuit aimed at forcing the district to restore free school bus service.
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Emmis sues ex-director, alleges he leaked information

November 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. sued a former board member Friday, claiming he leaked information that caused a major holder of preferred stock to drop plans to resell those shares back to the company.
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Simon widow loses another battle in estate fight

November 17, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins, Cory Schouten
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Bren Simon doesn't have legal standing to challenge a judge's decision not to recuse himself from overseeing the court fight over her late husband Melvin's $2 billion estate.
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Employees sue Finish Line over manager's secret camera use

November 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based retailer Finish Line is fighting a lawsuit by five women who say their former store manager secretly recorded them in the bathroom and dressing room.
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Central Indiana district plans to keep school-bus fee

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of the Franklin Township district in suburban Indianapolis say they don't intend to restore free school-bus service unless courts order them to do so.
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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.
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U.S. high court takes Indianapolis sewer case

November 15, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins,  IBJ Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed Monday to review a case that questions whether the city of Indianapolis violated the U.S. Constitution in how it handled refunds for residents who paid assessments on local sewer projects.
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Lilly files suit over flea medication sales from Australia

November 11, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical firm claims an Australian veterinary clinic is infringing on its Comfortis flea medication's trademark by reselling it to U.S. consumers online.
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Townsend's artifact collection to be auctioned

November 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Items from one of the world's largest collections of prehistoric Native American artifacts, assembled by late Indianapolis attorney Earl Townsend Jr., will go to auction Dec. 3.
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