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FBI serves search warrants on Durham-owned companies

November 24, 2009
The FBI on Tuesday executed search warrants at two companies led by high-profile executive Tim Durham—Indianapolis-based Obsidian Enterprises Inc. and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co.
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Troubled homebuilder's funds frozen after failing to pay judgment

November 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A Marion County judge has frozen certain Hansen & Horn Group Inc. funds after the Indianapolis homebuilder failed to pay a $183,000 legal judgment. The move sheds light on the severity of the company’s woes.
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Premier Properties founder gets home detention for fraud

November 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Christopher P. White to one year on home detention and three years of probation in connection with a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year as he tried to save his real estate development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Inlow estate decision reversed by high court

November 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered some good news to the widow of former Conseco Inc. Chief Counsel Lawrence Inlow, reversing a lower court’s order that she pay his estate $284,034 for funeral expenses.
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Failed jewelry retailer to sell millions in inventory

November 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
An old-line Indianapolis jewelry business has shut down, setting the stage for the sale of millions of dollars in remaining inventory through auctions planned in Indianapolis, Chicago, Miami and Naples, Fla.
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City Market gets OK to evict anchor Constantino's

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The cash-strapped, half-vacant City Market is playing legal hardball with five current or former tenants that are behind on rent, a move that’s led to the imminent eviction of Constantino’s Market Place.
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Rokita builds rep as tough enforcer of securities lawsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Secretary of State Todd Rokita has relied on fines and fees to greatly increase his office's firepower without a tax hike.
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Barnes & Thornburg enters top 100 on list of largest law firms

November 13, 2009
Scott Olson
A spate of office openings and an acquisition have helped catapult Barnes & Thornburg LLP into the upper echelon of the nation's largest law firms, at a time when the slumbering economy has forced most big firms to cut staff.
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Lilly to pay Utah $24 million to settle Zyprexa suit

November 11, 2009
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to pay Utah $24 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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TechPoint to focus on IT firms specializing in medical, life sciences sectorsRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Long tracking the emergence of information technology firms involved in the health and life sciences sector, the state’s IT trade group, TechPoint, is undergoing a mitosis of sorts to help fuel the trend. It has created Advancing Life Science & Health Care Information Technology, or ALHIT, which will focus on growing this subset of the IT realm.
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Concrete firm agrees to pay $29M in price-fixing case

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A lawyer says Irving Materials Inc. has agreed to pay $29 million to settle a class-action antitrust lawsuit alleging it and six other companies conspired to fix the price of ready-mixed concrete.
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Related-party loans pile up at Durham-owned finance firm

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham has treated Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. almost like a personal bank since buying it seven years ago, and now he, his partners and related firms owe it more than $168 million, records show.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa case with S. Carolina for $45M

October 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday that the state has reached a $45 million settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. over the company's marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
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Law firm sticks with unconventional space

October 20, 2009
Tom Harton
With its expansion last month into the historic Eden-Talbott House at 1336 N. Delaware St., the local environmental law firm Plews Shadley Racher & Braun now owns and occupies three historic homes and a 1950s-era office building in the same block.
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'Godfather' game-maker sued over 'Dillinger Tommy Gun'

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Mooresville-based company that owns John Dillinger’s publicity rights has made an “offer” of sorts that the Godfather can’t refuse.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa suit with S. Carolina

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to settle the State of South Carolina's lawsuit that claimed Lilly improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, according to Bloomberg News.
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State charges Stifel Nicolaus didn't disclose risks of auction-rate securities

October 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An administrative complaint filed today by the Indiana Secretary of State's Office alleges Stifel Nicolaus failed to disclose risks associated with the sale of auction-rate securities to 141 Hoosiers who invested $54.9 million.
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Charter Homes owner gets 2-plus years for mortgage fraud

September 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Charter Homes owner Jerry J. Jaquess has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $825,000 for his role in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme.
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London hedge fund sues Brightpoint over failed acquisition

September 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
A London-based hedge fund has sued Brightpoint Inc. over a $10 million loan it alleges the Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor fraudulently brokered in anticipation of an acquisition in France that never materialized.
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Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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Lilly's win in Evista patent case crucial, analyst says

September 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A decision by a federal judge in Indianapolis to turn back a patent challenge to Eli Lilly and Co.'s Evista marks a major victory for the company, says an analyst who closely follows the pharmaceutical industry.
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Ex-Lampoon exec Dan Laikin admits to stock fraud

September 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin pleaded guilty this afternoon to participating in a fraudulent scheme to pump up the stock price of National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based entertainment company he led.
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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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