Lawsuits

Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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State Supreme Court won’t hear ex-Chamber director’s case

September 12, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday informed Walter B. Duncan, former executive director of the Greater Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce, that it won't hear his appeal related to a pay dispute after he was forced to resign in 2010.
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BrightPoint reaches settlement in shareholder suits

September 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Lawsuits filed by BrightPoint Inc. shareholders who are challenging the company's proposed sale to a California firm are set to be dismissed after the sides reached a settlement.
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Fishers company loses Marilyn Monroe court appeal

August 31, 2012
CMG Worldwide, an intellectual property licensing firm in Fishers, has lost a federal court appeal related to ownership of iconic images of Marilyn Monroe.
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Fortune Industries shareholder drops suit against company

August 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Mark Haagen had sought class-action status on behalf of certain shareholders, charging that the price offered in a proposed sale for each share in the company is too low. Haagen voluntarily dismissed the suit.
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Steak n Shake loses appeal over franchisee’s pricing

August 24, 2012
Indiana Lawyer Staff
A longtime Steak n Shake franchisee who sued the chain after it insisted on setting prices for menu items prevailed again Friday as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Illinois federal court’s ruling in the franchisee’s favor.
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Former Eiteljorg director suing museum for overtime pay

August 23, 2012
Scott Olson
Former merchandising director Judy McElfresh claims the museum failed to pay her for working more than 1,000 hours of overtime. Her suit seeks at least $75,000 in damages.
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Former Durham exec ordered to pay $30,000

August 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Obsidian Enterprises Inc. President Terry Whitesell will pay the amount as part of a settlement agreement. A bankruptcy trustee representing investors of Fair Finance Co., owned by convicted financier Tim Durham, had sought more than $225,000 from Whitesell.
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WellPoint dragged into Goldman Sachs suit

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.’s $4.9 billion offer for Virginia-based Amerigroup Inc. apparently wasn’t the only—or even the most lucrative—offer for the Medicaid managed care company. But it was the deal surest to come to fruition before a key deadline for a big payout for Goldman Sachs & Co., according to a shareholder lawsuit filed Aug. 16 against the Amerigroup board of directors.
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AT&T technicians file lawsuit over lunch policy

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Eleven AT&T technicians have filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status to collect unpaid wages and overtime, alleging the company compels them to work during unpaid lunch breaks. The suit seeks to represent 1,300 AT&T technicians in Indiana.
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Stage company rejects Indiana State Fair settlement deal

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
The owner of the stage that collapsed at Indiana's State Fair last year and killed seven people rejected a settlement plan Wednesday that would have protected the state from further legal action and paid victims an additional $7.2 million.
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Couple works to bring good from wedding day crash

August 6, 2012
Associated Press
Tom and Lauren Hanley's wedding day turned tragic two years ago when a traffic accident killed a groomsman and injured others in their bridal party. The Indianapolis couple is now using some of their settlement in a lawsuit from the crash to support a mutual passion.
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Most Indiana fair stage-collapse victims accept settlement

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Most victims of a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair have agreed to accept shares of a $13.2 million settlement offer from the state and two private companies, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
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Mother of man shot to death at Kroger files suit

July 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Jeremi Atkinson was fatally shot in December by a Kroger manager during what prosecutors determined was an attempted robbery. A federal lawsuit filed by Toni Atkinson claims the supermarket chain was negligent for not enforcing a firearms policy.
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Bar owners challenging smoking ban seek injunction

July 17, 2012
The 10 Indianapolis business owners want a federal judge to prevent the city of Indianapolis from enforcing new public smoking restrictions until a ruling is made on their lawsuit. Their original complaint claims the ordinance violates parts of the U.S. Constitution.
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BrightPoint shareholder sues company over pending sale

July 16, 2012
Scott Olson
A BrightPoint Inc. stockholder has filed suit against the company, charging that the $9 share price offered in its $840 million sale to California-based Ingram Micro Inc. is too low.
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BrightPoint settles two suits against rival Brightstar

July 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Both lawsuits involved former BrightPoint executives hired by Brightstar who had access to the local firm’s innermost workings and strategies. The suits, filed in Marion Superior Court, were dismissed Wednesday.
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Firm pitching Super Bowl rentals in Indy ordered to pay up

July 12, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis judge has ordered a Phoenix-based home rental company to pay nearly $218,000 for not providing promised services before the Super Bowl last February.
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Hauke receiver files suit against his former accounting firm

July 9, 2012
Scott Olson
The lawsuit accuses convicted money manager Keenan Hauke's former accounting firm of negligence for failing to monitor Hauke's bank accounts, enabling him to use investor funds for his personal use. Hauke was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison.
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Cousin wins minor damages in Mike's Carwash lawsuit

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
A Hamilton County judge has ruled that a former co-owner of Mike’s Carwash Inc. receive just $140,000 in damages in a civil case that sought close to $30 million.
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Man's lawsuit claims Indiana agency broke law

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
A decision by Indiana's social services agency to stop helping hundreds of severely developmentally disabled people in a Medicaid waiver program pay for food violates state law, the father of an autistic man on public assistance claims.
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American Legion challenges Indiana smoking ban

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
An American Legion post in northeastern Indiana has asked a federal judge to put a hold on a statewide smoking ban set to take effect Sunday.
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Supreme Court to review rules for supervisor in job-bias suits

June 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court will settle a dispute about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination lawsuit.
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Residents allege poor construction at another Kosene condo project

June 25, 2012
Cory Schouten
The homeowners association at the Packard condominiums plans to file a lawsuit this week against developer Kosene & Kosene Residential and other companies, alleging the 62-unit downtown building was "improperly constructed and is deteriorating."
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Settlement talks heat up between Athenaeum, Rathskeller

June 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Athenaeum Foundation is considering an offer from the operator of the Rathskeller to pay a portion of the cover charges he collects for concerts at the Biergarten. A lawsuit filed by the foundation seeks $1.4 million in previously collected cover charges.
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