Lawsuits

Fishers company agrees to pay $5.5M in concrete case

April 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Builder's Concrete & Supply will pay the amount as part of a larger $60 million settlement lawyers reached with seven companies accused of fixing concrete prices.
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Retired Junior Achievement exec files defamation suit

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Junior Achievement CEO Jeff Miller says Mayor Greg Ballard was about to hire him as a senior policy adviser, but comments by Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne and current CEO Jennifer Burk ruined the offer.
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Lawyers in concrete price-fixing case awarded $18M in fees

April 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Federal judge disagrees with Duke Realty Corp. and sides with attorneys representing plaintiffs in class-action suit.
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Impact Racing accused of counterfeiting safety labels

April 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group that sets standards for motorsports equipment intends to yank its approval of gear produced by Impact Racing, the Brownsburg company owned by industry pioneer Bill Simpson, amid allegations of counterfeiting.
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Famous handbag maker hits local retailers with lawsuits

March 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
In an effort to crack down on knockoffs, famous handbag designer Coach Inc. has hit at least three local retailers with trademark-infringement lawsuits.
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Shriners sue Live Nation, Old National over Murat renaming

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association is a Shriners affiiate that owns the Murat Centre, which on March 16 was renamed the "Old National Centre" in a three-year deal between the bank and Live Nation.
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Local attorney sues Fundex over game royalties

March 29, 2010
A local lawyer who created the game "Chronology" alleges breach of contract, trademark infringement, use of a counterfeit mark, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trademark dilution and forgery.
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Big payday for lawyers in concrete price-fixing case irks Duke

March 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Duke Realty is fighting a request to award an additional $9.7 million in attorneys' fees, calling the amount excessive.
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Judge tosses fraud claim in Mel Simon estate case

March 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Judge William J. Hughes ruled Deborah Simon failed to make her claim with “sufficient specificity.”
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Ex-exec accuses JA of withholding retirement funds

March 19, 2010
Victor George filed suit in federal court, alleging Junior Achievement failed to properly remit money to his retirement and health-savings accounts.
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Judge's disclosure rules broader than Bren Simon sought

March 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
The protective order will allow David Simon and Cynthia Simon-Skjodt access to records, even though they aren't plaintiffs.
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Judge: Bren Simon can't liquidate Simon Property holdings

March 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
A Hamilton County judge says Mel Simon’s widow can’t cash in partnership units worth more than $500 million.
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Lawyers in Simon estate case fight over what should be public

March 10, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
Parties disagreed over public disclosure in the first major court hearing in the dispute over how to divide the billionaire's fortune.
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Simon daughter questions using father's estate to pay donations

March 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
Pledges to St. Vincent, Indianapolis Museum of Art should be paid by trusts, foundations affiliated with Bren Simon, court papers allege.
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Millionaire lawyer jumps into Melvin Simon will fight

February 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
Mike Ciresi, who’s representing widow Bren Simon, helped win a $6 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
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Union representing Indianapolis Star employees sues Gannett

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 178-member union is suing to preserve its arbitration rights, and possibly win back the jobs of eight people who were let go last summer.
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Judge places Fair Finance into bankruptcy

February 19, 2010
Greg Andrews
A federal trustee will take control of the company's assets while securities-fraud probes continue.
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Banks suing Broadbent, pushing one strip center into bankruptcy

February 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co.’s legal battles with lenders have escalated, pushing one of its 34 strip malls into bankruptcy and prompting Huntington National Bank and PNC Bank to sue to collect principal owed on loans tied to four more.
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PTS sues Roche Diagnostic to end blood-monitor royalties

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Polymer Technology Systems Inc., a small Indianapolis-based maker of handheld blood monitors, has gone to court to fight a competitor more than 100 times its size: Roche Diagnostics Corp.
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Lawsuit could bring NCAA financials to light

February 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Lawyers for former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon are promising to expose financial information about NCAA's licensing contracts the NCAA would rather keep private.
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IPL sues engineering consultant over Eagle Valley discharge

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Power and Light Co. is suing its engineering consultant over an industrial accident that spilled 30 million gallons of polluted water into White River.
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Brizzi contributor Epperly no stranger to controversy

February 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
Harrison Epperly has made a fortune in his business career, but he's also sparked controversy.
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Deborah Simon says other potential trustees have conflicts

February 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon's daughter, who's seeking to remove her stepmother from overseeing a trust that holds her late father Melvin's fortune, says a corporate trustee is a better option than brother David Simon or family financial adviser Bruce Jacobson.
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Litigation slows entrepreneur behind laser weapons, flying scooterRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Anderson entrepreneur Pete Bitar has been slowed by litigation but still plans to spearhead a team in the competition to put a rover on the moon.
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Simon Property Group enters dispute over founder's fortune

January 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is suing Bren Simon, the widow of company founder Melvin Simon, over her effort to convert part of her late husband's ownership stake in the publicly traded mall giant into common shares or cash.
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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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