Law

Virginia not-for-profit suing Duke Realty for $30M

March 9, 2011
Military think tank CNA claims Duke Realty breached its obligations as landlord by selling land in Alexandria to the Department of Defense, which plans to build a bomb-inspection facility on the site.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Sarah Evans Barker won't stop

March 9, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Barker_WatchVideoHow did Indiana's first female federal judge go from clueless student to the bench? Would she be a good fit for the Supreme Court? When will she retire? Sarah Evans Barker presents her findings.
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Prosecutors seek another probe involving White

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana inspector general to investigate whether indicted Secretary of State Charlie White improperly accessed a report detailing evidence of alleged voter fraud against him.
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Junior Achievement says ex-CEO acted soloRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Junior Achievement’s attorneys paint the not-for-profit's ex-CEO as something of a renegade to bolster their defense in an ongoing lawsuit by another former executive.
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Ball State seeks leader to implement Innovation Corp. planRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ball State University is conducting a nationwide search for a president to lead a not-for-profit it launched to boost the commercialization of the university’s intellectual property.
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Brightpoint suing software vendor for negligence

March 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The local distributor of wireless phones has filed suit against Massachusetts-based Emptoris Inc., and is looking to recoup millions of dollars it paid the company in addition to the amount it says it spent trying to fix the problem.
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U.S. fines 3 theater companies over child labor

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Operators of three of the nation's biggest movie theater chains have paid more than $277,000 in federal fines over allegations that they violated child-labor laws, the Labor Department announced Tuesday.
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Dow Chemical moves toward engineered corn patent

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Dow Chemical Co.'s agricultural division said it has taken the next step toward gaining international patent rights for its new strain of genetically engineered corn that it says will help farmers battle a new strain of "super-weeds."
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Congress takes up major change in patent law

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
Congress has been trying for well over a decade to rewrite patent law, only to be thwarted by the many interested parties.
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Local lawyer's connection to the greats runs deep

February 26, 2011
Scott Olson
What do Johnny Unitas, Vince Lombardi and Babe Ruth have in common? Indianapolis intellectual property attorney Jonathan Faber.
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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ChaCha sues Taiwanese company for trademark infringement

February 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., operator of an online question-and-answer site, sued Taiwanese company HTC Corp. for trademark infringement over the planned introduction of a smartphone called the ChaCha.
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Barnes & Thornburg expands into Los Angeles

February 25, 2011
The opening of an office on the West Coast continues the Indianapolis-based law firm's expansion into other major markets.
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Broadband provider's legal fight escalates

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana-based Omnicity Corp. has filed countersuits against the owners of two companies it acquired who are charging in court that Omnicity failed to fully pay them for the acquisitions.
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Indiana official out of job after 'live ammo' tweet

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana deputy attorney general "is no longer employed" by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he tweeted that police should use live ammunition against Wisconsin labor protesters, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims

February 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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Ex-manager files $600M suit against Indiana Live owners, others

February 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Maryland-based Cordish Cos. says the casino owners withheld $8.4 million in payments and conspired with other groups trying to sabotage its plans for a Maryland gambling facility.
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Financier in botched deal sues Emmis over loan to Smulyan

February 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
In uncommonly sharp language, attorneys for New York-based Alden Global Capital accused Emmis' board of “a blatantly self-dealing transaction” that allows Smulyan to “pursue a personal litigation vendetta” against Alden.
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E-mails detail Fair Finance partner's money woes

February 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
E-mails filed in bankruptcy court this week show that Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran spent money with such abandon that by 2008 he was living off credit cards and imploring CEO Tim Durham to more than double his salary to $1 million.
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Elevator company wants indemnity from IRT

February 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Illinois elevator company wants a judge to force the Indiana Repertory Theatre to protect it from liability in a lawsuit brought by a catering worker who fell down the elevator shaft at the downtown theater in 2007.
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Appeals court agrees to hear challenge in Simon case

February 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal from the widow of the late Melvin Simon, putting on hold a legal dispute over the mall magnate's more than $2 billion estate.
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Hamilton County woman to be sentenced in stock scheme

February 16, 2011
Prior to Wednesday's sentencing, the Secretary of State's securities division said it reached an agreement to liquidate the assets of Dorothy Geisler, including her home on Geist Reservoir.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Indy attorney for $375,000

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
The loan from Fair Finance Co. to Stephen and Linda Plopper matured in 2006, but the couple has failed to satisfy the debt despite recent demands for payment, the suit alleges.
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