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Class-action suit seeks millions for Fair Finance investors

December 4, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys on Friday afternoon filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to rescind $200 million in investor purchases of Fair Finance Co. securities and to slap Tim Durham and other company insiders with millions of dollars in punitive damages.
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State sues teachers' union for securities fraud

December 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Secretary of State's securities division says Indiana State Teachers Association can't account for $23 million intended for school districts, requests assets be frozen.
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Attorneys drop troubled home builder Hansen & Horn

December 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Hansen & Horn Group Inc. is without legal representation after attorneys defending the troubled home builder from a slew of lawsuits dropped it as a client.
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Symons and family ordered to pay $34.2 million in fraud case

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
A high-profile businessman and the Indianapolis companies he operated with family members have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $34.2 million relating to the fraudulent transfer of assets in a business sale.
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Disclosures key to feds' probe of Durham's Fair Finance

November 28, 2009
Greg Andrews
Any case federal prosecutors pursue against Tim Durham or his associates likely would revolve around what his Fair Finance Co. disclosed—or didn’t disclose—to potential investors, legal observers said.
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Video surveillance legal in Hoosier state, but beware lawsuitsRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Norm Heikens
Most states--Indiana included--have no law on the books banning video surveillance in homes or businesses. However, anyone considering using a hidden camera should consider the potential to be sued under the state's well-developed privacy law.
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Former Huntington National Bank exec alleges age discriminationRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Michael Lewis, 53, filed a complaint with the Indianapolis office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Aug. 13 and sued Huntington Oct. 15 in Marion Superior Court.
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Brizzi dropped plan to serve on board of Durham company

November 25, 2009
Greg Andrews
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he agreed this fall to serve on the board of Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co., but changed his mind several weeks later after Durham told him a newspaper was working on an investigative story about the company.
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UPDATE: FBI searches Durham-owned company offices

November 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
Ohio securities regulators say Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. won't be permitted to sell additional investment certificates unless it satisfactorily answers a series of questions about the company's ability to pay them back.
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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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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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