Lawsuits

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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Whistleblower suit cites Rolls-Royce engine flaws

December 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
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Republic sues website operator over airline gift cards

December 6, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and its Frontier Airlines unit filed a trademark-infringement case against the operator of a website offering gift cards as consumer incentives.
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Simon Property offers to settle dispute over widow's stake

December 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has offered to settle a lawsuit with Bren Simon by cashing out 6.5 million partnership units her late husband Melvin held in the giant shopping mall developer.
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Menard lawsuit entangles businessmen Hilbert, Dick

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Conseco executives Steve Hilbert and Rollin Dick are caught in a bitter legal battle between billionaire hardware king John Menard and his ex-fiancee.
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Judge denies motion to dismiss school funding suit

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools say the school formula violates the state constitution's requirement for "general and uniform" public education funding because districts get different per-pupil amounts.
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Senior staffer settles retaliation lawsuit with IMARestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A longtime senior manager at the Indianapolis Museum of Art has retired—the result of a settlement in a retaliation lawsuit she filed earlier this month.
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Phase 10 inventor folds in dispute over top-selling card game

November 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The inventor of the world's second-best-selling card game has settled a lawsuit with Fundex Games, the Plainfield company that markets and distributes Phase 10.
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Federal Home Loan Bank suing major playersRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis has filed suit against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase, to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
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Controversy engulfs Devington community groupRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Devington Community Development Corp. tried to tackle a host of neighborhood ills before closing its doors this month. But the agency also was embroiled in disputes with a local minister and its landlord.
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Home Loan Bank sues over losses on $3B mortgage portfolio

November 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis is suing some of the nation’s largest financial institutions to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
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Inventor files suit against local printing business

November 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lawsuit alleges Harding Poorman Group shorted former Discom Technologies owner a percentage of sales after it acquired his company.
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Court upholds Lilly patent on cancer drug Alimta

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge on Monday upheld Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent on the cancer drug Alimta, protecting the compound until July 2016. It was a welcome win after a difficult few months for Indianapolis-based Lilly, which is facing a wave of patent expirations in coming years.
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Mike's Express Carwash sued in family feud

November 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike’s Express Carwash and its principals, Bill and Mike Dahm, sons of founder Joe Dahm, are facing a lawsuit in Hamilton Superior Court brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who owned 35 percent of the company until May.
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Bank of America seeks to dismiss racketeering suit

November 11, 2010
Homeowners Dwayne Ransom Davis and Melisa Davis sued last month in Indianapolis, claiming Bank of America “routinely” submitted perjured affidavits to support foreclosures. They lost their Knightstown home last year.
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Drama builds in suit over Hilbert mother-in-law's life policy

November 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Businessman J.B. Carlson is in debt for $5.9 million, and he may have been the last person to see 74-year-old Suzy Tomlinson alive. Her $15 million life-insurance policy named him as the beneficiary.
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Rock Bottom Brewery tries to hang onto downtown lease

November 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Downtown landlord John Goodman has rejected Rock Bottom Brewery's attempt to renew its lease for five more years. The restaurant has occupied 14,600 square feet at 10 W. Washington St. since June 1, 1996.
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Judge: Bren Simon can take some distributions from estate

November 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Hamilton County judge will allow Bren Simon to take about $3.3 million per year of the estimated $43 million in annual dividend and interest income from her late husband's estate.
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Don Marsh, grocery chain he led no closer to making peaceRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
Time has done nothing to settle a dispute between the former executive and the private equity firm that bought his family's business. They are gearing up for an October 2011 trial.
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Former iSalus CEO sues tech firm for breach of contract

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Mark A. Day is suing Indianapolis-based technology firm iSalus Healthcare, claiming he was dismissed without cause and is entitled to severance pay and benefits.
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American Commercial Lines sued over $777M buyout bid

October 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Officials of Jeffersonville-based American Commercial and private-equity firm Platinum Equity LLC structured the $33-a-share offer in a way that unfairly bars other bids for the shipping company, American Commercial shareholder Leonard Becker said in his lawsuit.
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Grand jury indicts OmniSource for racketeering

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Marion County grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment against OmniSource Corp., accusing the metal recycling powerhouse of racketeering and receiving stolen property. Company president Mark Millett called the allegations "unfounded."
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Defunct ATA Airlines awarded $66M in FedEx lawsuit

October 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis jury has returned a $65.9 million verdict against Memphis-based FedEx in a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought in 2008 by now-defunct ATA Airlines.
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