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Feds: Texas pastor misused loan for Indiana church

July 27, 2010
Associated Press
A Houston minister accused of using money borrowed to build a new church to buy a mink coat and a Mercedes Benz missed his initial hearing in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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SHOUP: Emancipation is near for independent contractorsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Steve Shoup
State regulators are gearing up to crack down on companies thought to be treating people as though they are independent contractors instead of employees.
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Judge rules against Inlow heirs

July 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Hamilton County Judge Steve Nation ruled Friday that the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow failed to justify their attempt to remove Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank as the fiduciary of his estate.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Carmel law firm settles consumer claims in Vermont

July 19, 2010
Associated Press
Mossler Law Firm of Carmel agreed to cease all business in Vermont, refund about $79,500 in fees paid by Vermont residents and pay $60,000 in civil penalties.
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Banker who wreaked havoc fesses up to felony charge

July 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
Overseeing a portfolio filled with deteriorating loans is downright excruciating, as lending officers who’ve lived through the carnage of the recession can attest. Rob Tolle apparently cracked under the pressure.
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Attorneys argue widow should remain Simon estate trustee

July 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Bren Simon argued Friday she has served capably to date as executor of the estate of her late husband, Melvin Simon, as shown in a series of moves she made to transfer his stake in the Indiana Pacers.
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Appeals court reverses Bargersville annexation

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned the town of Bargersville’s annexation of land that Greenwood officials also wanted to take over, saying it failed to get the required consent from property owners.
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Ex-Indiana University player Leary pleads guilty in fraud

July 16, 2010
Associated Press
Todd Leary of Carmel pleaded guilty in court Thursday to a felony charge of misappropriating title insurance escrow funds. His agreement with prosecutors calls for him to face up to three years in prison, with that cut in half if he pays nearly $295,000 in restitution.
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UPDATE: Bren Simon criticizes stepchildren in court hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
In a deposition aired during an estate hearing, Bren Simon described her stepchildren as spoiled, vicious and hurtful, and said they refused to accept her as family during 37 years of marriage to late mall billionaire Melvin Simon.
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Inlow heirs accuse Fifth Third, Hall Render of fraud

July 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
A bitter battle between the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow and the bank and attorneys overseeing his estate will get a hearing Friday in Hamilton County Court
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Sparks fly at Simon estate hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Details of years of squabbling between family members of the shopping mall magnate Mel Simon have begun to emerge in a court battle over the late billionaire's estate.
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President nominates Hogsett for U.S. Attorney

July 14, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
The White House has chosen an Indianapolis labor and employment attorney to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Purdue steps up efforts to halt illegal downloads

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires schools to fight illegal distribution of copyrighted material and educate campus communities about the issue. Schools that don't comply risk losing their eligibility for federal student aid.
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Trustee sues real estate exec for $115M

July 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
The founder of an Indianapolis real estate firm is accused of preying on longtime friends to help a Miami man perpetrate a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Sydney “Jack” Williams persuaded more than a dozen Indiana investors to lend millions of dollars at high interest rates to a food brokerage firm called Capitol Investments USA Inc.
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Challenging job market trips up new attorneysRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
It’s a tough time to be starting in the profession when established lawyers struggle to keep up their practices and client lists.
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Secondary lender sues Chase over fire sale

July 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. alleges breach of contract after JP Morgan Chase auctioned off assets of American Sentry Guard of Greenwood.
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Ex-owner of cemeteries gets prison time

July 8, 2010
Associated Press
Robert Nelms, ex-owner of cemeteries in four states, including Indiana, has been sentenced to between 32 months and 10 years in prison for embezzling $4.2 million from a Grand Rapids cemetery.
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Former loan officer charged with falsifying documents

July 6, 2010
Prosecutors say Robert Tolle falsified a construction progress inspection report while at Old National Bank. He faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence and $1 million fine.
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Local attorney elected U.S. Libertarian Party's vice chairman

July 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Rutherford wants America's third-largest political party to make inroads by showing competence at the grassroots level of government.
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Joe Andrew to chair international law firm

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The former chairman of the Democratic party in Indiana was named co-chairman of the firm resulting from the June 9 merger of Washington, D.C.-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and United Kingdom-based Denton Wilde Sapte LLP.
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Developer George Broadbent sued for $9M by widow of co-founder

July 3, 2010
Greg Andrews
Avis Skinner alleges Broadbent isn’t making the payments he committed to when he bought out her husband's real estate interests in 2006.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds state's voter ID law

June 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Critics have argued that the law, which requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, violates the state constitution because it isn’t applied equally to all voters. Those who vote by mail don't have to prove their identity.
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FedEx wins dismissal of some claims in drivers' suit

June 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
FedEx Corp. won partial dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by contract drivers who contend they are entitled to full benefits because the company treats them as employees.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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