Lawsuits

Central Indiana district hires law firm to defend bus fee

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Franklin Township board voted 3-2 Monday night to fight a parent lawsuit aimed at forcing the district to restore free school bus service.
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Employees sue Finish Line over manager's secret camera use

November 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based retailer Finish Line is fighting a lawsuit by five women who say their former store manager secretly recorded them in the bathroom and dressing room.
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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.
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Anderson mayor countersues over discrimination suit

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor has countersued a city employee, claiming that she made false statements of sexual discrimination in order to make the mayor look bad.
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Simon sues state over sales-tax loophole for Amazon.com

November 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has filed suit against the Indiana Department of Revenue in an attempt to force the state to collect sales taxes from Amazon.com Inc.
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Lilly hid Zyprexa's diabetes risks, family’s lawyer argues

November 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. hid the diabetes risks of Zyprexa to protect sales, a lawyer for the family of a 20-year-old patient who died while taking the medicine told a jury in the first case to go to trial over the drug. The attorney asked jurors to award the family $40 million in compensatory damages.
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Not following directions could bite local hospital

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Westview Hospital might be on the hook for $160,000 because its advisers used a fax machine to tell Lehman Brothers it was canceling a financial agreement.
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Team owner sues IndyCar series over suspensionRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Mark Olson says he didn't have enough sponsorship income to field a car in two Firestone IndyLights events, but league thought he was orchestrating a boycott.
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Photographer sues French Lick resort over angels paintings

October 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Pamela Mougin, a onetime Indianapolis photographer who now runs a studio in Colorado, filed suit this month against French Lick Resort & Casino for copyright infringement.
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Former hostess on ‘statistics crew’ sues Colts for wagesRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The class-action suit says the Colts violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay minimum wage.
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EnerDel parent facing shareholder legal battle

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
At least three lawsuits accuse Ener1, the parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel, of misleading investors about its financial condition.
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Junior Achievement prevails in lawsuit brought by former executiveRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A former executive vice president claimed Junior Achievement had failed to remit payments to his retirement and health-savings accounts, a violation of the Employment Retirement Security Act.
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Suit alleges religious bias at Defender DirectRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A religious discrimination lawsuit brought in federal court by a former Defender Direct manager has an unusual twist: The employee says she was fired for not embracing her boss’s religious beliefs. The company denies the charges.
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Two injured on motorcycle sue Indy over police crash

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Two people who were seriously injured when an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer collided with their stopped motorcycle are seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the police department and the city in at least the third civil suit over the case.
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State receives 24 more tort claims for stage collapse

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office said the new notices boost to 45 the total number of tort claims received to date from victims of the deadly state fair stage collapse.
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NCAA sued by ex-college football players over head injuries

September 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
The National College Athletic Association has been sued by two former college football players who claim the organization failed to enforce safety measures to protect them from concussions.
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Federal judge limits Indiana ban on robo-calls

September 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general says he'll fight a federal judge's ruling limiting Indiana's ban on political robo-calls to in-state phone calls only.
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Lawsuit by fair victims challenges Indiana's $5M tort cap

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana law that caps the state's liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage argue in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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Circle Centre resolves lease dispute with Cinnabon

September 26, 2011
An attorney for the downtown Indianapolis mall has filed to dismiss the complaint, saying the two sides have resolved the dispute through an out-of-court settlement.
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Former partner of Moe & Johnny's owner alleges fraudRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Greg Andrews
Real estate executive John Bales filed a lawsuit last month accusing Chuck Mack of “willfully and maliciously” misappropriating $200,000 that belonged to him.
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Judge stays decision in WellPoint policyholder case

September 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Former policyholders of WellPoint Inc., who won a right to a class-action trial over their claims that they were shortchanged when the company went public a decade ago, will have to put their trial plans on hold.
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Indiana sets up special process for state fair claims

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
The state on Monday asked families of those killed or injured in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair to complete a new customized claim form by Nov. 1 so the state can expedite settlements.
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Judge tosses wrongful-firing suit against Pacers owner

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
A lawsuit by a nanny and a chauffeur against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife has ended with a judge's written ruling confirming that the employees failed to prove their claims of mistreatment.
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State fair's plan short on evacuation details

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency response plan drafted 10 months before the Indiana State Fair's deadly stage collapse details how staff should handle evacuations, but it doesn't spell out the precise scenarios that would trigger an evacuation, newly released documents indicate.
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Sugarland named in notice of stage-collapse suit

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
The band that was preparing to perform at the Indiana State Fair before a fatal stage collapse has been named as a defendant in a potential lawsuit in a notice sent to the state attorney general.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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