Lawsuits

Durham trailer-maker sued for nearly $1M

January 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
First Merchants Bank is seeking nearly $1 million from Tim Durham and his companies through a recently filed loan-default lawsuit.
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Dow Agro in legal skirmish over canola oil

January 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC has sued Cooper Industries Plc in an effort to clarify its rights to make a canola-based fluid used in electrical transformers.
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Simon family fight breaks out over billionaire's fortune

January 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah filed court papers Thursday afternoon charging her father was coerced into approving a new estate plan in February 2009 that dramatically increased the amount of his fortune going to her stepmother, Bren.
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Former cemetery owner avoids prison time

January 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Robert E. Nelms received an eight-year sentence that will be served through a community corrections program after pleading guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Accountant files suit against former firm, partner

January 4, 2010
Scott Olson
A contentious split between two prominent accounting partners is getting even uglier after a lawsuit filed by one of them has the other pledging to counter sue.
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Real estate lawsuit pits Situs vs. Situs

December 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Texas real estate consultancy sues local brokerage over rights to name they both share.
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Judge approves concrete price-fixing settlement

December 22, 2009
A federal judge has preliminarily approved a settlement in which a central Indiana concrete company agreed to pay $29 million to resolve a class-action antitrust lawsuit alleging it and six other companies conspired to fix the price of ready-mixed concrete.
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Fair Finance investors file additional fraud suit

December 22, 2009
Greg Andrews
More than three dozen residents of a northeast Ohio county who invested in Fair Finance Co. are seeking to recover more than $2.1 million from the shuttered company.
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Freight Masters files bankruptcy after losing business from Chrysler, BoeingRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The minority-owned logistics firm is also involved in a legal battle with a Washington state firm over the loss of its Boeing business.
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Judge fines woman waging Web war against plastic surgeon

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Judge Sarah Evans Barker declared a Massachusetts woman in contempt of court for failing to remove her negative Internet postings about an Indianapolis cosmetic surgeon.
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Local funeral home operator interested in troubled Memory Gardens

December 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory is one of two companies that have emerged as potential suitors of the embattled Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Editorial writers lose appeal against Star

December 9, 2009
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
Two former editorial writers at Indiana's largest newspaper failed to prove they were the victims of religious discrimination, according to a circuit court of appeals.
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Class-action suit seeks millions for Fair Finance investors

December 4, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys on Friday afternoon filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to rescind $200 million in investor purchases of Fair Finance Co. securities and to slap Tim Durham and other company insiders with millions of dollars in punitive damages.
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State sues teachers' union for securities fraud

December 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Secretary of State's securities division says Indiana State Teachers Association can't account for $23 million intended for school districts, requests assets be frozen.
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Symons and family ordered to pay $34.2 million in fraud case

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
A high-profile businessman and the Indianapolis companies he operated with family members have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $34.2 million relating to the fraudulent transfer of assets in a business sale.
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Former Huntington National Bank exec alleges age discriminationRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Michael Lewis, 53, filed a complaint with the Indianapolis office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Aug. 13 and sued Huntington Oct. 15 in Marion Superior Court.
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Troubled homebuilder's funds frozen after failing to pay judgment

November 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A Marion County judge has frozen certain Hansen & Horn Group Inc. funds after the Indianapolis homebuilder failed to pay a $183,000 legal judgment. The move sheds light on the severity of the company’s woes.
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Inlow estate decision reversed by high court

November 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered some good news to the widow of former Conseco Inc. Chief Counsel Lawrence Inlow, reversing a lower court’s order that she pay his estate $284,034 for funeral expenses.
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Lilly to pay Utah $24 million to settle Zyprexa suit

November 11, 2009
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to pay Utah $24 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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Concrete firm agrees to pay $29M in price-fixing case

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A lawyer says Irving Materials Inc. has agreed to pay $29 million to settle a class-action antitrust lawsuit alleging it and six other companies conspired to fix the price of ready-mixed concrete.
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Related-party loans pile up at Durham-owned finance firm

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham has treated Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. almost like a personal bank since buying it seven years ago, and now he, his partners and related firms owe it more than $168 million, records show.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa case with S. Carolina for $45M

October 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday that the state has reached a $45 million settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. over the company's marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
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'Godfather' game-maker sued over 'Dillinger Tommy Gun'

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Mooresville-based company that owns John Dillinger’s publicity rights has made an “offer” of sorts that the Godfather can’t refuse.
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