Law

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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Fair Finance artwork fetches more than $400,000 at auction

October 17, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
Saturday's art auction of work collected by Fair Finance co-owner Timothy Durham raised more than $400,000 — well above what the Akron company's bankruptcy trustee and even the auctioneer thought would be brought in.
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Worker suit blasts Dick's for 'chronic understaffing'Restricted Content

October 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
The case alleges the sporting goods firm broke Indiana law by requiring employees to work when they were on break and at other times they weren’t on the clock.
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Court revisits IURC ruling after agency lawyer jumps to utilityRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A Duke Energy case handled by an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission lawyer—while he jockeyed for a job with the utility—is headed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Durham art auction offers hope for Ohio investors

October 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The eclectic art collection of disgraced financier Tim Durham will hit the auction block Saturday in a sale that could help restore a small portion of the money lost by investors in Ohio's Fair Finance.
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Ruling cuts $42M award for state workers seeking back pay

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An appeals court said union workers were eligible for just a couple of months of back pay, rather than for 20 years of back pay.
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Schrenker sentenced to 10 years for securities fraud

October 7, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation sentenced Marcus Schrenker to 10 years in prison, ignoring Schrenker's claims that a lighter sentence would give him enough time to make things right.
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BMV commissioner resigns following arrest

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew J. Miller resigned Thursday, the day after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a public restroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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Indiana BMV chief arrested on indecency charge

October 6, 2010
Associated Press
Andrew J. Miller, 40, of Carmel, was arrested on a charge of public indecency about 1:30 p.m. at Claypool Court, a retail and hotel center near the Circle Centre mall, authorities said.
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Ex-IU hoops player Leary avoids prison time in fraud

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Former Indiana University basketball player Todd Leary was sentenced Monday to two years of work release or home detention followed by two years on probation. He still faces theft and burglary charges in Hamilton County in a separate case.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Legal fight over Pan Am Plaza outpaces redevelopmentRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Plaintiffs are challenging the city's 2007 decision to waive a hefty fee that otherwise would have been required to redevelop the crumbling site.
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Ex-manager accuses Butler Kia of keeping violent employeeRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A former sales manager at Butler Kia alleges a co-worker pulled a gun on employees—yet was kept on the job for several months afterward.
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Hudnut joins D.C. office of local lobbying firm

October 1, 2010
Hudnut will represent clients in federal government matters for Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based lobbying firm. The former four-term Indianapolis mayor served the city from 1976 to 1992.
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Indiana Supreme Court rulings uphold casino rights

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
The court issued a pair of split rulings bolstering the rights of casinos by ruling against a woman who said a riverboat preyed on her gambling addiction and a card counter who sued for the right to play blackjack.
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