Law

Law firm moving to Carmel City Center

September 10, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP announced Friday it will move 39 employees from Keystone Crossing to a new Carmel headquarters as part of a growth plan that could include a downtown Indianapolis location.
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Former bank exec receives 22-month sentence

September 9, 2010
Robert E. Tolle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of making fraudulent bank entries while serving as a loan officer at the Indianapolis office of Evansville-based Old National Bank.
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Dan Laikin sentenced to 45 months in Lampoon fraud

September 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The sentence was short of the 60-month maximum Laikin could have received under a plea agreement worked out with federal prosecutors last fall.
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Fair Finance co-owner Cochran uses forceful defense

September 4, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's partner in a failed Akron, Ohio, company says a trustee has nothing to back up his allegations of fraud.
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Law firm says ex-Conseco director shorted it on feesRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The last man to settle with with the Carmel insurer over unpaid debt now is now being sued for not paying his legal bill.
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Lauth revival hinges on judge approving settlementRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
The deal with financial backer Inland American Real Estate Trust would leave Lauth Group with fewer properties but a more manageable debt load.
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Local economic espionage case full of intrigue

September 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The government's allegations read like a spy novel: Dr. Ke-xue "John" Huang lands a job at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences and over five years works himself into a position of trust, with access to trade secrets and processes the company has invested $300 million to develop.
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New Jersey fines Carmel company over dangerous toy

September 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Novelty International, which does business as Kipp Brothers, was ordered to pay a $54,300 fine and reimburse the state's investigative costs.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist's espionage indictment unsealed

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Indianapolis charged 45-year-old Ke-xue "John" Huang with theft and attempted theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government.
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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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Banks still cautious on commercial real estateRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Singed by the downturn, banks are winnowing real estate portfolios.
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Apartment developer S.C. Bodner sued over accessibilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The National Fair Housing Alliance and two of its member groups allege that Bodner communities in eight states including Indiana violate accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
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Plea hearing set for defendant in $880M fraud case

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
Prosecutors say 41-year-old Miami Beach resident Nevin Shapiro left at least 60 investors in Florida, Indiana and New Jersey with about $80 million in losses after his Ponzi scheme collapsed.
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Is University Loft's rival going on attack again?Restricted Content

August 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
The Greenfield furniture-maker has an acrimonious history with California-based Furniture by Thurston.
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Casino operator Centaur aims to exit bankruptcy much leaner

August 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Centaur plans to sell a casino west of Denver and a stalled casino development near Pittsburgh.
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Attorney General files suit against local publisher

August 17, 2010
Attorney General accuses David Caswell and New Century Publishing of violating state consumer protection laws by accepting payment without providing publishing services. IBJ reported July 30 that several authors had paid New Century for books but never received them.
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New Jersey project enriched Simons

August 14, 2010
Cory Schouten
The battle over the estate of Melvin Simon has thrown a spotlight on a New Jersey development project that, by itself, has made many Simon family members multi-millionaires.
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Fair Finance trustee finds lots of debts, few assets

August 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham, Fair’s co-owner and CEO, burned through staggering sums on a lavish lifestyle, loans and gifts to friends, and loans to businesses he partly owned that performed dismally.
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Tim Durham closes New Castle restaurant

August 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
A sign on the door of Durhams Ristorante says the moderately priced Italian eatery will be "closed until further notice."
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HR firm FlashPoint severs ties with Barnes & Thornburg

August 13, 2010
Scott Olson
FlashPoint's co-owners purchase remaining shares from law firm to give them sole ownership of the company they founded in 2002.
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Eli Lilly loses patent lawsuit for Strattera

August 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday lowered its revenue outlook for the year after it lost a patent lawsuit over its attention deficit hyperactivity drug Strattera. The patent had been set to expire in May 2017. Lilly plans to appeal.
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Schrenker to plead guilty to securities fraud

August 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former money manager convicted of trying to fake his own death in a Florida plane crash last year has agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud charges in Indiana. Marcus Schrenker would face 10 years in prison.
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Roche hit with new breed of patent suit

August 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics, a Swiss company that keeps its U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis, has been sued for marking its Accu-Chek blood glucose monitors and accessories with patents that are expired. Illinois resident David O’Neill has sued on behalf of the U.S. government to recover damages of $500 per infraction.
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Judge refuses to unseal Fair Finance search warrants

August 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Judge Sara Lioi ruled the right of access to search warrant records connected with an ongoing investigation is “not absolute” and not justified in this case.
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Judge to order mediation in Simon estate dispute

August 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
Hamilton County Judge William J. Hughes said it's clear that all the parties involved in a series of disputes surrounding late mall billionaire Melvin Simon's estate need to "sit across the table from each other and try to work things out."
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