Lawsuits

Sparks fly at Simon estate hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Details of years of squabbling between family members of the shopping mall magnate Mel Simon have begun to emerge in a court battle over the late billionaire's estate.
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Trustee sues real estate exec for $115M

July 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
The founder of an Indianapolis real estate firm is accused of preying on longtime friends to help a Miami man perpetrate a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Sydney “Jack” Williams persuaded more than a dozen Indiana investors to lend millions of dollars at high interest rates to a food brokerage firm called Capitol Investments USA Inc.
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Secondary lender sues Chase over fire sale

July 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. alleges breach of contract after JP Morgan Chase auctioned off assets of American Sentry Guard of Greenwood.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds state's voter ID law

June 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Critics have argued that the law, which requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, violates the state constitution because it isn’t applied equally to all voters. Those who vote by mail don't have to prove their identity.
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FedEx wins dismissal of some claims in drivers' suit

June 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
FedEx Corp. won partial dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by contract drivers who contend they are entitled to full benefits because the company treats them as employees.
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Impact Racing wins latest court battle over safety labels

June 28, 2010
Ruling prevents industry-certification group from breaking contract with Brownsburg-based company founded by Bill Simpson.
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Developer facing legal action everywhere it has built condos

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three of the four principals in Page Development were in court June 8 to sift through the fallout from a $1.35 million judgment against them. It's only the tip of Page Development's financial straits.
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Curtis sues pizza chain over Rockwell painting in ad

June 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The suit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, accuses Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., of infringing the copyright to a Saturday Evening Post cover first published in 1943.
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Miller brothers who shared in fortune fighting over $3 million

June 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
J. Irwin Miller’s two sons have been battling for years over who should have paid expenses on the wealthy Columbus family’s homes and businesses, but their fight isn’t about the money—especially after they inherited at least $20 million apiece.
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Cancer researcher battling Semafore in courtRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Former collaborator alleges firm breached its agreement with him and refused to pay royalty income.
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Lender lawsuits seek millions from Broadbent owner

May 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Two new lawsuits stemming from Broadbent Co.’s financial problems charge company President George Broadbent defaulted on loans and owes more than $2.6 million.
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Bren Simon lashes out over 'wrongfully removed' medical log

May 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
Widow alleges in a new court filing that a former nurse aide for Melvin Simon stole a confidential medical log and unlawfully turned it over to attorneys representing one of Simon's children from a previous marriage.
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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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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

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  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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