Law

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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Two injured on motorcycle sue Indy over police crash

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Two people who were seriously injured when an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer collided with their stopped motorcycle are seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the police department and the city in at least the third civil suit over the case.
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State to crack down on new online gambling machines

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials have decided to clamp down on new electronic gambling machines that let users connect to online games and are giving the state excise police authority to remove them and cite businesses that have them.
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Hall Render is country's second-largest health care law firmRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based firm has held the rank the past three years and has been listed among the top-five health care firms since 2004.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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State receives 24 more tort claims for stage collapse

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office said the new notices boost to 45 the total number of tort claims received to date from victims of the deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Former Hoosier pleads guilty in Florida Ponzi case

September 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Former Indianapolis developer Sydney "Jack" Williams admitted to failing to report $6.4 million in income from 2004 through 2007 that he earned from Miami Beach, Fla.-based Capitol Investments, run by CEO Nevin Shapiro.
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NCAA sued by ex-college football players over head injuries

September 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
The National College Athletic Association has been sued by two former college football players who claim the organization failed to enforce safety measures to protect them from concussions.
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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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