Law

Federal judge limits Indiana ban on robo-calls

September 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general says he'll fight a federal judge's ruling limiting Indiana's ban on political robo-calls to in-state phone calls only.
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Federal judge nixes firm's Bio Cremation lawsuit

September 27, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge in Pittsburgh has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh company that claimed its so-called "Bio Cremation" service — a flameless process to cremate remains — was being unfairly targeted by two Indiana competitors.
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Lawsuit by fair victims challenges Indiana's $5M tort cap

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana law that caps the state's liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage argue in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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Circle Centre resolves lease dispute with Cinnabon

September 26, 2011
An attorney for the downtown Indianapolis mall has filed to dismiss the complaint, saying the two sides have resolved the dispute through an out-of-court settlement.
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Former partner of Moe & Johnny's owner alleges fraudRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Greg Andrews
Real estate executive John Bales filed a lawsuit last month accusing Chuck Mack of “willfully and maliciously” misappropriating $200,000 that belonged to him.
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Judge stays decision in WellPoint policyholder case

September 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Former policyholders of WellPoint Inc., who won a right to a class-action trial over their claims that they were shortchanged when the company went public a decade ago, will have to put their trial plans on hold.
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Plan approved to distribute fair stage-collapse donations

September 23, 2011
Associated Press
The families of the seven people killed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse will receive $35,000 each from a relief fund that collected donations for the victims.
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Chemical maker Vertellus settles case with feds

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency complained that local chemical plant Vertellus Specialties sold a chemical used in making PCP to a suspicious company.
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Township board OKs small claims court move

September 22, 2011
The Center Township Board on Wednesday approved a plan to move the township's small claims court from the City-County Building to the Julia M. Carson Government Center on Fall Creek Parkway despite a judge's objections.
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Attorney General agrees to return Durham campaign funds

September 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has reached a settlement with the Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee to give back $11,000 in contributions he received from indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Indiana bans DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide

September 20, 2011
Officials took the action after finding that the herbicide damaged scores of trees and ornamental plants throughout the state.
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Indiana sets up special process for state fair claims

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
The state on Monday asked families of those killed or injured in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair to complete a new customized claim form by Nov. 1 so the state can expedite settlements.
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Court upholds former pastor's fraud sentence

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a 54-year sentence for a 67-year-old former pastor convicted of pocketing millions of dollars that investors believed would be used to build churches.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Dynasty trusts growing in popularity among super-richRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A tool allowing the super-wealthy to pass assets from one generation to the next without paying taxes is resurging among Hoosier investors.
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Judge in Ponzi case deals blow to Hoosier developerRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge in Florida has rejected a settlement that would have extricated former Indianapolis developer Sydney “Jack” Williams from tens of millions of dollars in claims for a mere $334,000.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist makes plea in trade-secret case

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
A former Indiana scientist has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally sending trade secrets worth $300 million to China and Germany.
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Ex-Ohio State, Colts player pleads guilty in scam

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
Former Ohio State University and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, whose football career was derailed by a gambling addiction, has pleaded guilty to state theft charges linked to a sports ticket fraud scheme.
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Former City-County Councilor Plowman found guilty

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City County Councilor Lincoln Plowman, found guilty Thursday afternoon of federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, will await sentencing on home detention.
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Jury hears closing arguments in Plowman case

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 to help gain zoning approval for a new strip club. He's charged with bribery and attempted extortion.
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Judge tosses wrongful-firing suit against Pacers owner

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
A lawsuit by a nanny and a chauffeur against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife has ended with a judge's written ruling confirming that the employees failed to prove their claims of mistreatment.
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State fair's plan short on evacuation details

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency response plan drafted 10 months before the Indiana State Fair's deadly stage collapse details how staff should handle evacuations, but it doesn't spell out the precise scenarios that would trigger an evacuation, newly released documents indicate.
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Judge approves legal fees in Fair Finance case

September 13, 2011
The amount paid to lawyers so far nearly accounts for the entire $1.8 million that a Fair Finance trustee has recovered so far for investors of the Akron, Ohio-based company led by indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Sugarland named in notice of stage-collapse suit

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
The band that was preparing to perform at the Indiana State Fair before a fatal stage collapse has been named as a defendant in a potential lawsuit in a notice sent to the state attorney general.
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Fair trustee settles with local political groups

September 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The settlements involve donations made by Tim Durham totaling $60,000 to the Marion County Republican Central Committee, Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee and the Committee to Elect Lawrence Mayor Paul Ricketts.
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