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Knauf Insulation sues NatCity over $8M investment lossRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
One of Shelby County's largest employers is suing NatCity Investments Inc. to try to recover nearly $8 million in losses on auction-rate securities. Knauf Insulation filed suit in Shelby Superior Court in March, saying NatCity should repay the money in accordance with a settlement the bank reached with federal regulators in March 2009.
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Memory Gardens manager sought $3.2M, awarded $175,000

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
A Johnson County judge approved the reduced amount, which was agreed upon during mediation. The settlement brings funeral home and cemetery business a step closer to being sold.
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Former Star columnist suing newspaper

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Susan Guyett, who wrote the Talk of Our Town column, claims the newspaper discriminated against her on the basis of age when she was let go from her job in 2008.
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Penrod Society thief sentenced to five years

April 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Superior Court Judge Stanley Kroh sentenced Brandon Benker to three years in prison and two years in a Community Corrections program, in which he may be assigned to work release or home detention. Benker stole more than $380,000 from the group in 2008.
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Revised Mel Simon estate suit calls Bren 'abusive'

April 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah is lashing out at her stepmother Bren in a new court filing, saying  she was “mentally and verbally abusive” toward the billionaire late in his life and kept him isolated from friends and family.
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ITT Educational altered test scores, ex-employee's suit says

April 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
Former director says he saw employees give passing scores to students who had failed entrance exams, raise their grades and alter their attendance records so they would continue to receive U.S. financial aid.
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Tomisue Hilbert investigates mother's death, $15M insurance policy

April 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The wife of Indianapolis businessman Steve Hilbert is working with a team of attorneys to determine whether her deceased mother’s estate can claim the benefit of a life insurance policy issued by Houston-based American General Life Insurance Co.
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Failed developer of French Lick casino sues Cook exec

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson is target of complaint that charges he and others violated federal racketeering laws by serving on an entity that recommended a team that included Bill Cook to develop the French Lick Resort project.
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Judge OKs sale of cemetery, funeral home company

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Pennsylvania company is one step closer to purchasing the Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., whose former owner pleaded guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Dan Laikin for $19M

April 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
The suit against Laikin, a longtime friend of Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham, is the first major legal move to untangle the morass of related-party loans that propelled the company into insolvency.
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Hilbert in-law's insurance fraud trial set for October

April 12, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As IBJ reported last year, Houston-based American General Life Insurance Company is attempting to invalidate a $15 million policy it issued in January 2006 insuring the life of Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson—Conseco Inc. co-founder Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law—who died Sept. 28, 2008, at age 74.
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Louisiana gets $20M in Lilly drug settlement

April 7, 2010
Associated Press
Louisiana was one of 13 states that filed individual suits in state courts over allegations that Lilly pushed Zyprexa for uses that had not been approved by federal regulators.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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