Law

Mike's Express Carwash sued in family feud

November 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike’s Express Carwash and its principals, Bill and Mike Dahm, sons of founder Joe Dahm, are facing a lawsuit in Hamilton Superior Court brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who owned 35 percent of the company until May.
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Barnes & Thornburg maintains top-100 ranking

November 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The firm ranked 85th in The National Law Journal’s annual listing of the nation’s 250 largest firms, up two spots from its previous position.
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Bank of America seeks to dismiss racketeering suit

November 11, 2010
Homeowners Dwayne Ransom Davis and Melisa Davis sued last month in Indianapolis, claiming Bank of America “routinely” submitted perjured affidavits to support foreclosures. They lost their Knightstown home last year.
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Citigroup subsidiary agrees to $717,000 Indiana fine

November 8, 2010
The penalty stems from charges that Citigroup Global Markets failed to monitor a former agent accused of working with Robert Nelms, who was sentenced in May for securities fraud involving a $24 million cemetery trust fund operated by Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Drama builds in suit over Hilbert mother-in-law's life policy

November 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Businessman J.B. Carlson is in debt for $5.9 million, and he may have been the last person to see 74-year-old Suzy Tomlinson alive. Her $15 million life-insurance policy named him as the beneficiary.
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Rock Bottom Brewery tries to hang onto downtown lease

November 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Downtown landlord John Goodman has rejected Rock Bottom Brewery's attempt to renew its lease for five more years. The restaurant has occupied 14,600 square feet at 10 W. Washington St. since June 1, 1996.
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Democrats win prosecutor's race, other Marion County seats

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Terry Curry has been elected Marion County prosecutor, defeating Republican candidate Mark Massa in a close race. Democrats also won the sheriff's race and other countywide seats.
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Judge: Bren Simon can take some distributions from estate

November 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Hamilton County judge will allow Bren Simon to take about $3.3 million per year of the estimated $43 million in annual dividend and interest income from her late husband's estate.
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Appeals court rejects Lilly over Gemzar patent

November 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Without an appeal, generic drugs are now poised to wipe away most of Lilly's $750 million in annual U.S. revenue from Gemzar.
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State sues WellPoint over data breach

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County accuses Indianapolis-based WellPoint of violating a state law that requires businesses to provide notification of data breaches in a timely manner.
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Workplace safety rules a part of ND death probe

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
State regulators are investigating whether the University of Notre Dame violated safety rules when it allowed a student to videotape football practice from a tall hydraulic lift that toppled in high winds, killing the young man.
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Don Marsh, grocery chain he led no closer to making peaceRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
Time has done nothing to settle a dispute between the former executive and the private equity firm that bought his family's business. They are gearing up for an October 2011 trial.
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Secretary of state files complaint against teachers' fund broker

October 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, is facing an administrative complaint from the Indiana Securities Division, which alleges 13 violations for unethical, dishonest and deceptive practices.
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Former iSalus CEO sues tech firm for breach of contract

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Mark A. Day is suing Indianapolis-based technology firm iSalus Healthcare, claiming he was dismissed without cause and is entitled to severance pay and benefits.
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U.S. attorney to ask for review of IURC ethics dispute

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he'll ask "the appropriate federal agency" to review an ethics dispute that has embroiled the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy Corp.
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American Commercial Lines sued over $777M buyout bid

October 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Officials of Jeffersonville-based American Commercial and private-equity firm Platinum Equity LLC structured the $33-a-share offer in a way that unfairly bars other bids for the shipping company, American Commercial shareholder Leonard Becker said in his lawsuit.
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Grand jury indicts OmniSource for racketeering

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Marion County grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment against OmniSource Corp., accusing the metal recycling powerhouse of racketeering and receiving stolen property. Company president Mark Millett called the allegations "unfounded."
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Defunct ATA Airlines awarded $66M in FedEx lawsuit

October 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis jury has returned a $65.9 million verdict against Memphis-based FedEx in a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought in 2008 by now-defunct ATA Airlines.
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Female engineers appeal discrimination ruling

October 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two female engineers who pursued a gender-discrimination case against Rolls-Royce Corp. for the past four years intend to appeal a judge's decision in the company's favor.
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N.Y. attorney general sues FedEx over driver status

October 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Memphis, Tenn.-based company, which has a distribution hub in Indianapolis, says its contract-driver model is legal and was approved for tax purposes by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1994.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Firm that ignored lawsuit now paying a hefty priceRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tax-resolution firm JK Harris did not defend itself against a lawsuit and got pummeled as a result. Now, it's brought in an attorney who's trying to undo the mess.
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Indiana agency paying law firm $5.25M to sue IBM

October 20, 2010
Associated Press
Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis was hired despite several conflicts of interest arising from the fact that it also represents former IBM partners involved in the welfare deal.
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Indiana couple accuses Bank of America of racketeering

October 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Dwayne Ransom Davis and Melisa Davis accuse the lender of using “robo-signers,” people who sign affidavits attesting to facts underlying foreclosures without actual knowledge of those facts, to push through paperwork to take their home in Knightstown.
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U.S. court voids NCAA ruling, seeks help on state law

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based appeals court Monday reversed its own July ruling that said the NCAA must face a lawsuit by consumers claiming its ticket-distribution method violates Indiana law.
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