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Be prepared for this merging legal worldRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
The recently announced mergers of Indianapolis law firms Sommer Barnard, Ice Miller and Locke Reynolds with firms outside the state [reported in the Dec. 8 issue] mirror a larger national trend.
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Cincinnati construction company sues Indy airport for failure to payRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
A suburban Cincinnati construction company known for airport and interstate projects alleges the Indianapolis Airport Authority has failed to pay on a $14.7 million contract to build aircraft parking spaces.
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Appeals pay off for biz ownersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
More than one in four Marion County commercial and industrial property owners has appealed its property tax assessments this year, and the challenges often are paying off in a big way.
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Merger trend hits Indiana as law firms seek fast growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is finally jumping in a big way into the merger mania that's sweeping the legal profession.
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Kosene & Kosene embroiled in 62 lawsuitsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis developer Kosene & Kosene is battling buyers over a $500 million condo project near Fort Myers.
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Indiana bankruptcies soarRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana bankruptcies are rising toward levels not seen since Congress tightened filing rules three years ago, and experts say stretched consumers and businesses probably won't reap benefits of an improved economy for at least a year.
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Defamation laws haven't caught up with today's InternetRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Matthew Albaugh
What are the legal repercussions against Web sites that allow defamatory comments to be posted on them?
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Former Conseco director liable for some unpaid stock loansRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Dennis E. Murray Sr. was declared liable in October by U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney for at least some of the millions of dollars he borrowed to buy Conseco stock in the late 1990s.
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Firm helping Holocaust survivorsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Baker & Daniels LLP is partnering with the Bet Tzedek Holocaust Survivors Justice Network to provide pro bono legal services to Indiana's more than 200 survivors.
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Monon Bell football game helps Julian CenterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
In the weeks leading up to this year's big rivalry football game, Wabash College and DePauw University students held various fundraisers to benefit the Julian Center, as well as A-Way Home Shelter in Putnam County and the Family Crisis Shelter in Montgomery County.
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Builders challenge park fee in ZionsvilleRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Zionsville Town Council members have until Nov. 17 to decide whether to appeal a judge's decision last month that invalidated the town's park-impact fee.
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Baker and Daniels creates logistics practice with 20 plus attorneysRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indianapolis law firm Baker & Daniels LLP has formed an advanced manufacturing and logistics practice to be headed by partner James S. Birge.
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Hoosier Energy hit with $120M claim from John HancockRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
An electric co-op supplying power to customers in 48 central and southern Indiana counties could face a perilous spike in its financial load following a $120 million claim against it by insurance giant John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
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Winona lacks evidence to prove fraudulent money transferRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The trustee for Winona Memorial Hospital lost in court against the hospital's former owner earlier this month — but not without receiving a bit of vindication from the judge in the case.
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Law targeting controversial landfill only fuels fight

September 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Even for those with a vested interest in the battle over a proposed landfill near Anderson, it's hard to get too worked up over the latest twist before the courts or government agencies. After all, the Mallard Lake Landfill battle is in its 29th year.
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Murky motive adds intrigue to Old National loan saga

August 18, 2008
Greg Andrews
In the buttoned-down world of banking, it doesn't get much stranger than this: An Indianapolis loan officer with a strong reputation is suddenly dismissed after his employer charges he falsified lending documents. The bank says the fraud exposes it to potential losses approaching $20 million. And here's the kicker: The employer hasn't accused the banker of committing the wrongdoing for personal gain.
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CMG Worldwide takes tussle over vintage baseball cards to courtRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig died in 1941 of a disease that came to bear his name. Six years later, second baseman Jackie Robinson famously broke through baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, earning the league minimum $5,000. He died in 1972. Mark Roesler believes the best earning years still lie ahead for both legendary players, as well as many others like them. But first he must untangle their image rights in federal court in Indianapolis.
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Ice Miller attorney departs, takes sports practice with himRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Sports agent Andrew "Buddy" Baker has left locally based law firm Ice Miller and is taking with him the firm's sports division, IM Sports Services, which he wants to develop into a giant agency with a national reach. Baker's new firm, Exclusive Sports Group, starts with a list of high-profile clients.
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Memory Gardens lawsuit seeks $20 millionRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Louis Jones
An Indianapolis law firm has filed a class-action suit seeking more than $20 million from a pair of financial-services firms it says facilitated the transactions that allowed a New Jersey couple to plunder cemetery trust funds. Cohen & Malad LLP filed the lawsuit late last month on behalf of thousands of customers of Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., which owns Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Lincoln Memory Gardens in Boone County and other cemeteries. The defendants are the company, New York-based...
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Winona trustee still fighting hospital creditors, ex-ownerRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
J.K. Wall
Paul Gresk, the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the liquidation of Winona Memorial Hospital, is pushing for a showdown in court to prove his claims that Winona's former owner, Leland Medical Centers Inc., illegally transferred more than $4 million out of Winona.
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Funeral operator slapped with criminal charges

January 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office filed criminal charges today relating to the status of trust funds set aside to pay funeral expenses and cemetery maintenance for a string of Indiana cemeteries.
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Funeral family asks court to intervene in dispute

January 3, 2008
Norm Heikens
A family that once owned Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home in Greenwood has asked a Johnson County court to put the business into receivership amid questions about the status of trust funds set aside to pay funeral expenses and maintenance.
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City law firm a key player in GOP winsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Three members of a small, young, downtown law firm played key rolls in Republican election wins this month, boosting the firm's profile as it tackles aggressive growth plans that include beefing up its lobbying business. John Lewis and Wilkins LLP set up shop on Monument Circle in 2005 and since then has grown from the three attorneys to 11.
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Monroe photo ruling could sting CMGRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Cory Schouten
Marilyn Monroe, one of celebrity licensing firm CMG Worldwide's highest-grossing clients, has raked in more than $30 million in licensing fees in the last dozen years--with roughly 25 percent of that landing in CMG coffers. But that spigot could slow to a drip if a higher court upholds a ruling early this month by a New York federal judge.
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Entrepreneur sees niche for for-profit law schoolRestricted Content

May 7, 2007
Chris O'Malley
But Mark Montefiori wants to create a law school to train perhaps hundreds more lawyers each year. He plans to share with potential investors his vision for The Abraham Clark School of Law, named after one of the lesser-known signers of the Declaration of Independence, May 10 at the Indianapolis Marriott North.
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