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Cemetery owner to plead guilty to theft, fraud

July 30, 2009
Scott Olson
A cemetery owner set to go on trial Monday has agreed to plead guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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ALTOM: Technology moves too fast for law to keep upRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Tim Altom
Technologists don’t usually give the law a basketful of respect. From our point of view, the law is struggling frantically to stay within a hundred yards of our bleeding edge. By the time the law gets around to speaking on a technical subject, the subject may not even exist anymore.
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Hilbert in-law's life insurance dispute takes odd turn

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Local businessman J.B. Carlson contends the $15 million life insurance policy he took out on Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law was legitimate, because she served on his firm’s board and was a key decision-maker. The mother-in-law, Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson, died at age 74 last September—just 32 months after the policy was issued.
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Noblesville man sentenced for mortgage fraud

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A Noblesville man was sentenced to one year of home detention yesterday after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud in federal court. Marvin G. Hampton also was ordered to pay $262,424.76 in restitution to three lending institutions.
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Local firms recognized for pro bono work

July 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Led by Baker & Daniels LLP, Indianapolis' three largest law firms are recognized in the July issue of The American Lawyer magazine for their pro bono work.
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Carson vs. Chrysler, round oneRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, is taking on General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. in the name of crash victims.
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Cummins sues insurers over $381M in flood claimsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Cummins Inc. is battling its insurers in court, saying they're refusing to pay most of the company's $381 million in claims stemming from the flood that immersed its southern Indiana facilities a year ago.
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ABEL: End in sight for 'pig in a poke' hourly billing by law firmsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Arend Abel
Fed up with excessive fees, some clients have started demanding alternatives to the tried-and-true methods, such as "value-based legal services."
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Despite what you might think, lawyers are compartatively scarce in IndianaRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Scott Olson
Only North and South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have smaller proportions of lawyers within their working populations. Experts point to the state's shrinking base of corporate HQs, the exodus of law school graduates, and a less litigious climate overall.
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Pets, often overlooked in wills, are getting more attentionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
While most people consider their family members and funeral costs in estate planning, many overlook their babies who happen to have four legs, a tail, feathers or even scales. A pet trust is a good solution.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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Ice Miller still in merger talks with Louisville law firmRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
The city's third-largest law firm is poised to tie the knot with Kentucky's Greenebaum Doll & McDonald. But differences in the way the firms compensate partners are taking longer than expected to sort out.
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Judge slams law firm Bose over 'misrepresentations' in Red Spot caseRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Greg Andrews
Bose McKinney & Evans' defense of an Evansville company in a high-stakes environmental-contamination lawsuit has degenerated into a fiasco, with a federal judge sanctioning both the client Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co. and law firm and ordering each to pay half the plaintiff's legal bills.
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Indiana logs more complaints against collectors as pressure mounts to make debtors pay upRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Sam Stall
A lot of people owe money these days, and some of the agencies hired to pursue them are resorting to old- school tactics to collect. Things like calling at all hours, threatening to have debtors jailed or fired, or employing abusive language.
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Lauth granted reprieveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge has given Lauth Group Inc. a reprieve from an equity investor that is seeking to take control of most of the developer's properties.
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IPL wins retiree benefit disputeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light could have been on the hook for more than $100 million in retirement benefits, but a ruling this month by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission allows IPL to keep the money.
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Eight former employees who say firings were racially motivated agree to $2.75M settlement from LotteryRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Hoosier Lottery has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight black former employees who claim racial discrimination motivated their firing four years ago.
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Dan Laikin on sidelines as others admit guilt in stock-manipulation schemeRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin finds himself in the awkward spot of denying wrongdoing at the same time the three men accused of conspiring with him in a stock-manipulation scheme are admitting guilt.
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Doc sues Web-savvy ex-patientRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Dr. Barry Eppley, an Indianapolis surgeon, says an online crusade by a disgruntled former patient is taking a toll on his practice, and he's suing her.
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Questions about expenses have dogged Marsh beforeRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
Don Marsh lashed back last month after the owner of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. filed a lawsuit accusing him of billing the company for millions of dollars in personal expenses.
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Harlan Bakeries sues vendor over equipment glitchesRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Harlan Bakeries recently filed a lawsuit against equipment vendor Doboy Inc., saying it provided faulty equipment to package Harlan's cream-cheese-filled bagels.
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Auction-rate securities suit names Stifel's Cohen, othersRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Among defendants named in a Missouri lawsuit against investment firm Stifel Nicolaus and Co. is Stifel Managing Director Jeffrey Cohen, who is based in the company's Indianapolis office.
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Jackpot awaits lawyers in price-fixing litigationRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for concrete purchasers who say they were victims of a price-fixing scheme have waged a tenacious legal battle over the last four years, and .now they're ready to cash in.
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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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