Lawsuits

Ex-franchisees sue Noble Roman'sRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
Nine former Noble Roman's franchisees and a current operator have filed a lawsuit charging that the Indianapolis chain lied to them about the costs and risks of opening one of its pizza and sub restaurants. The franchisees say the 1,000-restaurant chain aggressively marketed its stand-alone, dual-brand Noble Roman's and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs restaurants without testing the concept--a scheme they contend was designed to inflate the company's stock price so owners could unload shares at a profit.
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State Chamber of Commerce sues Christian counterpartRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
On June 15, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 4,800 businesses around the state, filed a federal lawsuit against the upstart Indiana Christian Chamber of Commerce. The complaint alleges trademark infringement, unfair competition, counterfeiting and forgery.
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Angie's List, AT&T fight in court over consumer firm's logoRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A federal court this month gave a thumbs-down to a lawsuit filed by Angie's List claiming that AT&T Yellow Pages violated trademark laws by publishing ads containing the Angie's List logo of a servicewoman giving a "thumbs-up." But on June 25--two weeks after the court dismissed the suit saying its legal arguments were "meager" and "insubstantial"--the publisher of online and print business directories filed an amended case against AT&T in U.S. District Court.
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Conseco wins $29M judgment in latest round of legal warRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. has won another round in court against former Merchants National Bank CEO James D. Massey this month, ringing up a $29 million judgment against him in a court in Illinois. But Massey shows no sign of throwing in the towel in the years-long litigation over millions he borrowed to buy Conseco stock. Massey was a director of Conseco from 1994 to 2000.
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WellPoint 401(k) participants sue over decline in stock priceRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
J.K. Wall
Angela Braly, Wayne DeVeydt and the rest of the top brass at WellPoint Inc. face wrath over the company's recent stock swoon from a new group: ex-employees. Four former WellPoint workers have filed lawsuits against the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant over the losses its 401(k) retirement plan suffered in March when the company slashed its profit forecast for the year.
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Business leaders battle over real estate left behind by Payton WellsRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Cory Schouten
The Malibus and Impalas disappeared from Payton Wells Chevrolet more than 18 months ago, but the controversy over the defunct dealership at 1510 N. Meridian St. is far from being in the rearview mirror for some of the city's top businesspeople and developers. A court battle over the dealership's properties could determine when and how the roughly six acres of prime land are redeveloped.
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Bankrupt ATA may sue ex-partner FedExRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Greg Andrews
ATA Airlines Inc. largely blames FedEx Corp. for knocking it out of business this spring. Now, the bankrupt airline is preparing to fight back by suing the Memphis cargo giant, charging it wrongfully canceled a military-charter contract that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for ATA.
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Premier lays off workers as lawsuits, debt pile up

April 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. has eliminated about half its headquarters staff—more than 40 employees—as banks seize several of its properties and CEO Christopher P. White faces a barrage of new lawsuits alleging unpaid bills, defaulted loans, illegally redirected rent payments and check fraud.
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Premier Properties lays off workers as lawsuits, debt pile upRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. has eliminated about half its headquarters staff--more than 40 employees--as banks seize several of its properties and CEO Christopher P. White faces a barrage of new lawsuits alleging unpaid bills, defaulted loans, illegally redirected rent payments and check fraud.
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Memory Gardens lawsuit seeks $20 millionRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Louis Jones
An Indianapolis law firm has filed a class-action suit seeking more than $20 million from a pair of financial-services firms it says facilitated the transactions that allowed a New Jersey couple to plunder cemetery trust funds. Cohen & Malad LLP filed the lawsuit late last month on behalf of thousands of customers of Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., which owns Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Lincoln Memory Gardens in Boone County and other cemeteries. The defendants are the company, New York-based...
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Funeral family asks court to intervene in dispute

January 3, 2008
Norm Heikens
A family that once owned Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home in Greenwood has asked a Johnson County court to put the business into receivership amid questions about the status of trust funds set aside to pay funeral expenses and maintenance.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Financial travails dog 'mystery man' at helm of Premier Properties

December 17, 2007
Cory Schouten
An IBJ review of hundreds of pages of public records shows Christopher P. White and his Premier Properties USA Inc. are facing major financial and legal challenges. The most glaring signs of trouble: Contractors have filed more than $3.5 million in liens against Premier’s retail properties in Plainfield; the state of Indiana is trying to recover $375,000 in sales taxes on White’s airplane; and the contractor who renovated his Lake Clearwater mansion is suing him to recover more than $600,000 in unpaid bills.
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Payola alleged by radio executiveRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Radio One Indiana's former controller has filed a civil lawsuit against the company charging she was terminated because of her race after she raised concerns about fraud and payola in relation to the company's financial statements.
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Symons puts biz into Ch. 11, undercutting rival's court winRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
J.K. Wall
Alan G. Symons' company, Fast Tek Group LLC, lost a court fight with Fishers-based competitor Product Action International LLC in February. So Symons pushed Fast Tek into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June--a move that clears the way for a suitor to buy the assets without being saddled with the liabilities.
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Ex-Marsh exec says ousted president asked him to inflate profitRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Greg Andrews
By now, David Marsh might be regretting he ever decided to take on former employer Marsh Supermarkets Inc. in court. Since he filed his lawsuit last fall charging the company his grandfather founded had shortchanged him on severance, the company has stormed back with a blizzard of allegations.
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Ex-Norwood execs say company cheated them out of millionsRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-based Norwood Promotional Products is facing legal challenges from a half-dozen former executives who say board members and investors conspired to fire them, withhold severance pay and cheat them out of as much as $3.6 million in company stock.
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Squabble threatens ABA's credibilityRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Rival board members are at war over the future of the American Basketball Association just as the Indianapolis-based professional league appeared to be on the cusp of breakthrough growth.
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Complaints accuse Lilly of illegally marketing ZyprexaRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Tom Murphy
Eli Lilly and Co. is facing another round of litigation over its star seller, Zyprexa, as insurers and third-party payers ask to be reimbursed for covering the antipsychotic drug.
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Political upstart unloads auto dealershipRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Eric Dickerson, the Republican trying to unseat Julia Carson in the 7th congressional District, plans to sell his north-side Buick dealership to Ed Martin Automotive Group as early as next month. But the dealership could become a campaign liability even if it's sold.
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Credit union ordered to pay ex-executive $3.4MRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Greg Andrews
A Marion County judge has ordered an Indianapolis credit union to pay its former CEO $3.4 million, saying it wrongly froze the executive's accounts after accusing him of financial improprieties three years ago.
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Levin builds reputation for pursuing class-action suits

August 29, 2005
Scott Olson
Attorney Irwin Levin stood in a courtroom years ago for a pretrial conference when a colleague began to ridicule a rival firm's slogan. Overhearing the diatribe, the judge asked Levin whether his law office had a mantra. Without hesitation, he quipped: "We're going to kick your ass." The room erupted in laughter. While Levin, 51, might have answered in jest, the managing partner of Cohen & Malad LLP indeed has built a national reputation for bloodying the noses of large...
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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