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Hilbert-Menard legal brawl showing no sign of let-upRestricted Content

September 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
A year and a half after John Menard ousted Steve and Tomisue Hilbert as the managers of the private equity firm they all started, attorneys for the two sides continue to fight bitterly for every tactical advantage in a dozen lawsuits between them.
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Indiana settles DCS adoption suit for $15 million

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
The state will pay $15.1 million to about 1,800 families who adopted special needs children. The settlement was filed in LaPorte Superior Court on Thursday afternoon and still needs court approval.
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Wal-Mart targeted by lawsuit for local PCB discovery

September 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The complaint stems from the discovery of the carcinogen at a Wal-Mart return center on the east side of Indianapolis. The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of its 600 workers.
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Examiner appointed in HDG Mansur bankruptcy case

September 18, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
An examiner will be appointed to conduct an investigation into the bankruptcies of two affiliates of troubled Indianapolis-based developer HDG Mansur. A judge, for the time being, denied a request to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee or convert the case to a liquidation in Chapter 7.
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State Farm denied new trial on $14.5M defamation verdict

September 16, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The $14.5 million defamation verdict awarded against State Farm in favor of a Fishers-based contractor who accused the insurer of defaming him remains in place after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the company's request for a new trial.
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Unauthorized demolition of historic home sparks lawsuit

September 13, 2014
Cory Schouten
Indiana Landmarks is going to court over the unauthorized demolition of a historic home in Fall Creek Place that likely was built in the 1890s.
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Remy to spend $32M to settle patent lawsuit

September 12, 2014
Jeff Newman
Pendleton-based Remy International Inc. has agreed to pay $32 million to settle a patent lawsuit with an Italian manufacturer that was filed in 2008, the company announced late Thursday.
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Paper companies sue over Indianapolis recycling deal

September 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A lawsuit filed by two paper companies and an Indianapolis resident seeks to invalidate a city agreement with Covanta to build a $45 million recycling center.
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Deal may be near in Indiana stage collapse suit

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
A lawsuit filed by victims of the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse appears to be nearing a settlement, more than three years after the fatal accident that killed seven people and injured more than 40.
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Indiana appeals marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

September 9, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal on Tuesday, asking the justices to overturn last week’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declared Indiana’s marriage law unconstitutional.
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Taxi drivers settle with Speedway over confiscated licenses

September 5, 2014
Scott Olson
Under the agreement, drivers who had their licenses taken by police on the day of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 will receive a payment and assurances that the town won't take similar action on race days.
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UPDATE: Indiana Supreme Court hears right-to-work arguments

September 4, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The state's highest court heard arguments Thursday from an attorney representing labor groups and from the state's solicitor general over whether Indiana's right-to-work law is constitutional.
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Appeals court affirms all but two of Durham's convictions

September 4, 2014
Greg Andrews
The appellate court reduced Tim Durham's felony convictions from 12 to 10 and ordered him resentenced. It said the government, in an "oversight," had failed to submit key evidence related to the two dismissed counts.
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Purdue still wants ex-chancellor report kept secret

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University is continuing efforts to keep secret a report about the ouster of the Fort Wayne campus chancellor, even though federal and state judges have ruled it isn't protected by attorney-client privilege.
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Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Fair Finance judge throws out $33M Dan Laikin judgment

August 30, 2014
Greg Andrews
The ruling is a big setback for bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash, who has yet to provide any recovery to the more than 5,000 Ohio residents who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company collapsed in 2009.
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Appeals court finds for employee in fight over non-compete pact

August 29, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
An Indiana man who joined a competitor immediately after his employment ended at a Carmel-based company did not violate a non-compete agreement, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Broad Ripple lawyer represents cyclists involved in personal injury accidents

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis attorney Tim Caress’ desire to combine his after-work passions with helping people whose “lives have been turned upside down” resulted in his rolling—and running—into a new and growing line of business.
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Residents of Packard condos settle suit with developer

August 21, 2014
Cory Schouten
Residents of downtown's The Packard condominiums have settled a two-year-old lawsuit with developer Kosene & Kosene Residential.
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UPDATE: Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.
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Bar owner alleges racism in lease dispute

July 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The owner of a nightclub in the heart of Broad Ripple believes his landlords nearly doubled his rent for just one reason: to force him and his mostly African-American clientele from the building.
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NCAA’s $60M video-game settlement moves ahead

July 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
The decision may mean that the judge will soon rule on whether the Indianapolis-based NCAA must change its rules to let students negotiate licenses for the use of their names and images.
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Hauke accounting firm to pay $1.8M in fraud settlement

July 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
DeWitt & Shrader PC, an Indianapolis-based accounting firm that worked for convicted Ponzi schemer Keenan Hauke, has agreed to settle a state lawsuit, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday.
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Ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

July 20, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.
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Suit tests INDOT policy of charging for highway repairsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A trucking company is challenging the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue for damage to state property, a lawsuit that could affect thousands of motorists and millions of dollars in revenue.
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