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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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$69M U.S. Courthouse modernization a boon for local firms

June 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
More than a dozen local companies have begun work on a three-year modernization of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in the state's largest individual project funded by the federal stimulus.
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Impact Racing wins latest court battle over safety labels

June 28, 2010
Ruling prevents industry-certification group from breaking contract with Brownsburg-based company founded by Bill Simpson.
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Hoosier firms that rely on innovation pine for patent reform

June 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
One key change would grant patents to the first inventor to file an application, not the first who can prove to have made the invention first.
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Durham attorney blasts FBI after vehicle seizures

June 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Embattled financier Tim Durham's lawyer, Larry Mackey, said the FBI should have known a bankruptcy trustee had the titles. An attorney for the trustee said investigators were aware.
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Sale of local funeral home, cemetery business finalized

June 23, 2010
Pennsylvania-based StoneMor Partners could pay up to $32 million for Memory Gardens Management Co. after trust-fund and debt obligations are made.
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Durham poised to turn over proceeds of mansion sale

June 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Beleaguered financier Tim Durham acknowledges owing millions to Fair Finance and is turning over artwork and selling assets to reduce the loan, according to an attorney overseeing the company's bankruptcy.
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Katz Sapper caught up in Simon estate battle

June 18, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
The longtime accounting firm for Simon family interests objected to subpoenas it received from Melvin Simon's daughter Deborah, saying the information requested was far too broad.
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Shelbyville man sentenced for ripping off employer

June 17, 2010
John K. Branam was sentenced to 57 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $1.6 million over four years from King’s Title & Abstract Co.in Shelbyville.
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U.S. Senate confirms Indiana's Pratt as federal judge

June 15, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
Tanya Walton Pratt is set to become Indiana's first African-American federal judge and one of four female jurists on Indiana's federal bench.
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Developer facing legal action everywhere it has built condos

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three of the four principals in Page Development were in court June 8 to sift through the fallout from a $1.35 million judgment against them. It's only the tip of Page Development's financial straits.
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Hillenbrand unit seeks to block imports of knockoff coffins

June 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Hillenbrand Inc.'s Batesville unit, the largest U.S. maker of coffins,wants the trade commission to prevent Ataudes Aguilares from selling its products in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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Curtis sues pizza chain over Rockwell painting in ad

June 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The suit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, accuses Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., of infringing the copyright to a Saturday Evening Post cover first published in 1943.
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Miller brothers who shared in fortune fighting over $3 million

June 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
J. Irwin Miller’s two sons have been battling for years over who should have paid expenses on the wealthy Columbus family’s homes and businesses, but their fight isn’t about the money—especially after they inherited at least $20 million apiece.
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Veteran attorneys Pence and Hensel leave Taft to launch own firmRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Scott Olson
Linda Pence and David Hensel will concentrate on complex civil and business disputes, as well as white-collar criminal defense work.
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Bauer requests federal probe of Bales' real estate deals

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ investigation prompts top state Democrat's letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Federal appeals judge moving chambers to Indiana

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A judge on the federal appeals court in Chicago is relocating his chambers to Indiana University's Bloomington campus.
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Former funeral director facing 14 felony charges

June 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A former Indianapolis funeral director is facing 14 felony charges for corrupt business influence, forgery and theft after a grand jury investigation.
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Cancer researcher battling Semafore in courtRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Former collaborator alleges firm breached its agreement with him and refused to pay royalty income.
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Police reviewing death of Tomisue Hilbert's mother

May 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Information that could prove her death was not an accident has surfaced during civil proceedings involving a life insurance policy.
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NFL must face antitrust suits, U.S. high court rules

May 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The lawsuit involved the National Football League's agreement with Adidas AG's Reebok, which employs 950 people at a manufacturing plant on the east side of Indianapolis.
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AARP backs retirees in court fight over IPL benefits plan

May 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The AARP says IPL "perverted" a promise to its retirees regarding post-retirement benefits. The retirees have appealed their case to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Indiana Supreme Court turns to Twitter

May 18, 2010
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Court-watchers can get legal updates in 140-character bursts instead of 140-page legal documents detailing court business. Indeed, times are changing.
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IPL settles $190M dispute, resumes wind farm project

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light tilted at wind farm developer by terminating its contract. Now a new agreement avoids the potential $190 million in damages enXco sought against the local utility.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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