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College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
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Thousands of artifacts seized at Indiana home

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Authorities seized thousands of Native American, Russian, Chinese and other artifacts that have "immeasurable" cultural value from the private collection of a 91-year-old man in central Indiana, the FBI said Wednesday.
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UPDATE: Nine at dental practice charged in fraud probe

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged the owner of an Anderson dental practice and eight of her employees in connection with a Medicaid fraud investigation.
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Patent ‘troll’ label gets Congress to ponder what’s in a name

April 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
"Troll" is a term without clear definition and yet it’s being used to push Congress and the Supreme Court to curb abusive litigation. Companies including Eli Lilly warn against damaging a centuries-old system designed to promote advances in science and industry.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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After 30 years, Judge Barker to dial back caseload

March 31, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Sarah Evans Barker was the first woman appointed to the federal court in Indiana. After 30 years on the federal bench, she will transition to semi-retired status effective June 30.
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Company fined $50K for Indiana State Fair collapse

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The company that owned the stage involved in the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair rigging collapse has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for safety violations.
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Durham ordered to pay $1 million in Duesenberg sale

March 28, 2014
Associated Press
A former Indianapolis financier in federal prison for a $200 million investment fraud has been ordered to pay $1 million over the disputed auction of a 1930 Duesenberg automobile.
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Football labor decision might hurt schools, Moody's says

March 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lawsuits challenging amateurism in U.S. college sports may result in higher costs for universities and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Moody’s Investors Service said Thursday.
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Noble Roman's awarded $1.5M in battle with franchisees

March 27, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based pizza chain is still waiting to collect after being locked in a years-long legal dispute over franchise agreements and royalties.
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Bank files to foreclose on Garcia Construction property

March 27, 2014
Scott Olson
Fifth Third Bank claims that the company operated by Charles Garcia, a former Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce chairman, owes it about $2.3 million for loans on Garcia Construction's building at 6002 N. Michigan Road, and on personal property.
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Purdue loses appeal to shield discrimination report

March 24, 2014
Dave Stafford
An appellate panel had harsh words for Purdue University’s conduct in shielding a report investigating a former chancellor’s complaint of gender discrimination and harassment against former university president France Cordova.
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Irsay arrest spurs talk of Colts succession planRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay gave a clear signal in 2012 about his long-term succession plan by naming his three daughters vice chairwomen and co-owners. His March 16 arrest might hasten the launch of that plan, or at the very least give Colts fans a glimpse of what it will look like.
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Judge to Ballard rep: We decide where courts go

March 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges on Friday gave a grudging endorsement to the former General Motors stamping plant site as the location for a proposed criminal justice complex, but not before sending a message to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard that the courts are their call.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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City pitches case for jail on former GM plant site

March 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Director of Enterprise Development David Rosenberg met with west-side residents Tuesday evening to explain the city's preference for putting a new criminal-justice complex on the former GM stamping plant property.
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NCAA called 'cartel' with top conferences in player suit

March 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
The NCAA and five top conferences generate billions of dollars in revenue and illegally cap the pay of student athletes, a group of football and basketball players claim in a new lawsuit that seeks to reshape college sports.
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Irsay arrest may bring NFL punishment, sharpen scrutiny on bowl bid

March 17, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The drug-related arrest of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay could bring repercussions from the National Football League and might play a factor in the city's bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.
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Palladium construction lawsuits costing panel millionsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The cash-strapped Carmel Redevelopment Commission has spent more than $6 million since 2009 “responding to, defending and settling” legal claims from contractors involved in construction of the city’s Palladium concert hall.
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Lawsuits challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Ken Falk, chief legal counsel for the ACLU of Indiana, said he expects the growing number of federal lawsuits will be consolidated into a single challenge against the state's marriage law.
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Criminal code update pleases some, worries others

March 13, 2014
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the bill “has been a long time coming” and will provide “sentencing reform that really has been sorely needed.”
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Company must pay back Indiana businesses

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
A company has agreed to refund to nearly 1,200 Indiana businesses the money they paid for services that they erroneously believed were required by law.
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Former Bloomington official charged in scheme

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis said Wednesday that 43-year-old Justin Wykoff faces 24 counts of embezzlement for allegedly approving fraudulent invoices, often for concrete work that was never done.
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Village of West Clay developer suspending operations

March 12, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Brenwick Development Co. claims a switch in lenders has halted about $7 million in land sales in the mammoth mixed-use community in Carmel. The firm has filed suit against the banks.
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Judge: Case not made for airport justice center site

March 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The judge with authority over Marion County court facilities isn’t convinced that a 35-acre site by Indianapolis International Airport is the best pick for the proposed criminal justice complex.
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