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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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Anderson mayor countersues over discrimination suit

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor has countersued a city employee, claiming that she made false statements of sexual discrimination in order to make the mayor look bad.
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees illegal

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in a legal opinion that it's unconstitutional for school districts to end free school bus service by turning transportation over to outside agencies.
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Simon sues state over sales-tax loophole for Amazon.com

November 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has filed suit against the Indiana Department of Revenue in an attempt to force the state to collect sales taxes from Amazon.com Inc.
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Lilly hid Zyprexa's diabetes risks, family’s lawyer argues

November 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. hid the diabetes risks of Zyprexa to protect sales, a lawyer for the family of a 20-year-old patient who died while taking the medicine told a jury in the first case to go to trial over the drug. The attorney asked jurors to award the family $40 million in compensatory damages.
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Indiana Fair stage collapse legal claims reach 100

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
The deadline for victims of the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse to file legal claims with the state has passed, and officials say they're close to figuring out how much to pay each victim out of the allotted $5 million.
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Indiana AG to testify against cell phone bill

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
The bill being considered in the U.S. House would allow telemarketers and debt collectors to start dialing residents' cell phones and, if approved, would override Indiana's "Do Not Call" law and lead to a flood of robocalls, Greg Zoeller said.
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Lilly loses British Supreme Court ruling over gene patent

November 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
The British Supreme Court ruled in favor of Human Genome Sciences Inc. in its dispute with Eli Lilly and Co. over the validity of a patent for a gene sequence that could be used to treat people with immune diseases.
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Indiana school district that ended bus routes faces lawsuit

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis parent is suing Franklin Township schools over its decision to stop running school buses. The district this summer sold its buses to an education cooperative that now charges for transportation.
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Not following directions could bite local hospital

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Westview Hospital might be on the hook for $160,000 because its advisers used a fax machine to tell Lehman Brothers it was canceling a financial agreement.
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Photographer sues French Lick resort over angels paintings

October 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Pamela Mougin, a onetime Indianapolis photographer who now runs a studio in Colorado, filed suit this month against French Lick Resort & Casino for copyright infringement.
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BorgWarner sues Cummins over patents on turbochargers

October 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
BorgWarner Inc., the world’s biggest maker of automatic-transmission parts for vehicles, filed a lawsuit accusing Cummins Inc. of infringing on three patents for a titanium wheel used in engine turbochargers.
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Former hostess on ‘statistics crew’ sues Colts for wagesRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The class-action suit says the Colts violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay minimum wage.
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White's request for Bayh investigation rejected

October 20, 2011
Associated Press
A prosecutor has turned down embattled Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's request for an independent investigation of his vote fraud allegations against former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist pleads guilty in espionage case

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kexue Huang faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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EnerDel parent facing shareholder legal battle

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
At least three lawsuits accuse Ener1, the parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel, of misleading investors about its financial condition.
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Filing shows Durham's personal finances in shambles

October 17, 2011
Even if everyone who owed Durham money paid him—which seems unlikely—his assets still would be a fraction of his debts.
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Baker & Daniels completes merger with Minneapolis law firm

October 12, 2011
Scott Olson
One of the city’s largest and oldest law firms said Wednesday that it has completed its merger with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP. It will operate as Faegre Baker Daniels beginning Jan. 1.
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Junior Achievement prevails in lawsuit brought by former executiveRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A former executive vice president claimed Junior Achievement had failed to remit payments to his retirement and health-savings accounts, a violation of the Employment Retirement Security Act.
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Law firm merger activity on the riseRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Ice Miller is among the firms that merged this year and Baker & Daniels is exploring a merger.
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Suit alleges religious bias at Defender DirectRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A religious discrimination lawsuit brought in federal court by a former Defender Direct manager has an unusual twist: The employee says she was fired for not embracing her boss’s religious beliefs. The company denies the charges.
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  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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