Lawsuits

ChaCha sues Taiwanese company for trademark infringement

February 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., operator of an online question-and-answer site, sued Taiwanese company HTC Corp. for trademark infringement over the planned introduction of a smartphone called the ChaCha.
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Broadband provider's legal fight escalates

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana-based Omnicity Corp. has filed countersuits against the owners of two companies it acquired who are charging in court that Omnicity failed to fully pay them for the acquisitions.
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Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims

February 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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Ex-manager files $600M suit against Indiana Live owners, others

February 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Maryland-based Cordish Cos. says the casino owners withheld $8.4 million in payments and conspired with other groups trying to sabotage its plans for a Maryland gambling facility.
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Financier in botched deal sues Emmis over loan to Smulyan

February 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
In uncommonly sharp language, attorneys for New York-based Alden Global Capital accused Emmis' board of “a blatantly self-dealing transaction” that allows Smulyan to “pursue a personal litigation vendetta” against Alden.
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Elevator company wants indemnity from IRT

February 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Illinois elevator company wants a judge to force the Indiana Repertory Theatre to protect it from liability in a lawsuit brought by a catering worker who fell down the elevator shaft at the downtown theater in 2007.
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Appeals court agrees to hear challenge in Simon case

February 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal from the widow of the late Melvin Simon, putting on hold a legal dispute over the mall magnate's more than $2 billion estate.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Fundex settles trademark suit with game inventor

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Fundex Games Ltd. has given up its rights to the game Chronology to settle a suit brought last March by local inventor Jane Ruemmele.
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Groups file suit to stop I-69 work downstate

February 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Chris O'Malley
Environmental and citizens groups seek to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis, saying it will destroy valuable natural resources.
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Settlement struck in HHGregg dryer lawsuit

February 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The deal, which could become final next month, stems from a lawsuit brought by a group of consumers accusing the Indianapolis-based appliance retailer of improperly installing dryer vents.
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Candy Dynamics expands Nuclear Sludge recall

January 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Candy Dynamics has expanded a voluntary recall of its Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge products because they may contain too much lead.
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Florida marketing firm suing IRL over Izod contract

January 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Florida-based CV Sports Marketing Inc. alleges in a lawsuit that the IRL and Indianapolis Motor Speedway could owe millions of dollars in fees relating to its role in landing Izod as a title sponsor.
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Mini Thin marketer slapped with suitRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Carmel man whose Mini Thin dietary supplement was sold through convenience stores nationwide before the government banned its active ingredient now faces allegations of bankruptcy fraud.
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Bren Simon fires attorneys in estate dispute, appeals ruling

January 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Bren Simon is poised to replace her outside legal team in favor of a heavy hitter from Chicago as she appeals two courtroom setbacks in Hamilton County.
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Former Allison exec settles suit alleging bribery

January 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A former China-based executive of Allison Transmission has agreed to drop a lawsuit that claimed the company won business by bribing foreign officials. But it's likely that the firm still must deal with scrutiny from the Department of Justice, according to one legal expert.
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Federal judge backs jury award in FedEx-ATA dispute

January 20, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Richard Young rules that the $66 million verdict against FedEx was rational and "not monstrously excessive."
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Fair Finance trustee sues Durham relatives

January 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
The case against Jeffrey and Dana Osler is the latest in what is expected to be a string of suits by the trustee against friends and business associates of Tim Durham who took out loans from Fair Finance but made few if any payments.
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FedEx fights to overturn jury's $66M award to ATARestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
ATA charged in the two-year-old breach-of-contract suit that FedEx’s unexpected decision in January 2008 to drop it as a military-charter partner forced it into bankruptcy liquidation that spring.
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Roche aims to prevent bidding war for software firm

January 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Swiss company, which operates its North American business out of Indianapolis, filed a lawsuit late last month against Virginia-based Medical Automation Systems Inc. for breaching the purchase agreement the companies signed back in October.
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Broadband provider sends troubling financial signals

December 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Omnicity Corp. is a half-year behind in payments to a Muncie lender and faces several lawsuits over unpaid bills from companies it acquired.
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Emmis pitching in on breach-of-contract lawsuit

December 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. will contribute $200,000 toward legal fees in a lawsuit that company founder Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC filed over its failed effort to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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Battle breaks out over Mel Simon fortune

December 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
A long-simmering Simon family feud went public as members of one of the city’s most prominent families battled in a Hamilton County courtroom over the $2 billion estate of mall magnate Melvin Simon.
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Judge removes Bren Simon as trustee over late husband's estate

December 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
A series of questionable decisions by Bren Simon in recent months appear to have paved the way for a Hamilton County judge’s order this week removing Bren as interim trustee over Simon Property Group co-founder Melvin Simon’s estate.
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Former Allison executive alleges bribery

December 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Stephen Lowe, a former Allison Transmission managing director based in Shanghai, claims the company booted him from a top post in China because he raised concerns about bribery.
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