Lawsuits

Local businessman agrees to settle trustee claims

November 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Stephen Blaising said in a recent court filing that he will pay $125,000 to satisfy a lawsuit brought by the bankruptcy trustee representing investors in an Ohio company led by Tim Durham.
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Menard's fight with Hilberts to surface in trial with Trump

November 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A skirmish in the ongoing legal war between hardware store magnate John Menard and former business partner Stephen Hilbert will arise in open court on Tuesday, as a trial begins between one of Menard's companies and former model Melania Trump.
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UPDATE: Judge dismisses Ritz's Board of Education lawsuit

November 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A judge ruled that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz didn't have authority to go to court without representation from the attorney general.
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Ex-Omnicity CEO blames bank for bankruptcy filing

November 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In his complaint, Greg Jarman alleges an improper account freeze created a liquidity crisis and scuttled plans by a major investor to make a cash injection into the company.
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Durham family members agree to settle trustee claims

November 8, 2013
Attorneys for the Fair Finance trustee said Tim Durham's ex-wife, Joan SerVaas, has agreed to pay $100,000 and Bernard Durham, his adopted son, $10,000 to settle a lawsuit charging they accepted nearly $300,000 from the disgraced financier.
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Indiana trial courts got 1.6 million cases in 2012

November 4, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report, released Monday, provide details about court operations at the county and appellate level.
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Prosecutors seeking 14-month sentence for attorney Page

November 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Indianapolis attorney Paul J. Page to prison for his role in a real estate deal involving a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Home loan banks drop objection to $8.5B settlement

October 31, 2013
Bloomberg News
Lawyers for the Federal Home Loan Banks of Boston, Chicago and Indianapolis on Wednesday told a New York Supreme Court judge they are withdrawing from the case against Bank of America Corp.
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NCAA loses bid to dismiss ex-athletes’ antitrust claims

October 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association lost a bid to dismiss antitrust claims in a lawsuit brought by ex-student athletes over the use of their images and likenesses on television and in video games.
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Radio One alleges ex-WTLC DJ violated 'payola' policy

October 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Khris Raye" filed suit for breach of contract and back pay after being fired, and Radio One responded that the former disc jockey violated the station's policy for altering its playlist.
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Pizzeria plagiarism? Napolese suing Crust over close likeness

October 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou founder Martha Hoover contends the owner of newcomer Crust in Carmel has stolen the look of her Napolese pizzerias and is confusing customers.
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Education board member seeks dismissal of Ritz suit

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A member of the Indiana Board of Education asked a Marion County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed this week by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in Indiana's ongoing education battle.
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Ex-Indiana official questions Brizzi's health

October 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's former elections chief raised questions about his attorney's health during his 2012 voter fraud trial and said he thought it was "a joke" that his defense strategy was to call no witnesses.
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Columbia Club directors take aim at fellow board members in court

October 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Three members of the 124-year-old club's board of directors allege that election rules were changed behind closed doors and in violation of procedure and state law.
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District, ex-superintendent settle court fight over $1M payout

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township settled with former superintendent Terry Thompson, with neither side paying the other anything, according to Thompson's attorney.
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$120M lawsuit over central Indiana factory moves ahead

October 14, 2013
Associated Press
The appeals court declined to hear an appeal from Getrag Transmission of a Tipton County judge's ruling that the lawsuit filed by Walbridge Construction should go to trial or settlement.
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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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Dow Agro wins latest patent case involving Enlist product

October 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The suit, filed in January 2012 by South African-based Bayer CropScience SA, charged that Dow Agro’s Enlist E3 soybean seed infringed one of its patents.
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iGoDigital founder drops lawsuit over acquisition payout

October 7, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias, who founded iGoDigital, has dropped a federal lawsuit that stemmed from the tech company’s $21 million buyout last year.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Menard fires back in court fight with Hilberts

September 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
Menard has countersued Tomisue Hilbert for “abuse of process,” saying she filed her lawsuit only after companies controlled by Menard removed the Hilberts as managers of a private equity firm and sued to recover millions of dollars in fees paid to the Hilberts.
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Indy tree trimmer accused of ripping off senior

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
The suit was the first to be filed under a new Senior Consumer Protection Act. The law provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of financially exploiting people 60 or older.
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Indiana Supreme Court takes up case between state, utility

September 5, 2013
Associated Press
Contract law dominated an Indiana Supreme Court hearing over an agreement requiring the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a private plant and resell it on the open market.
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Avalanche of lawsuits flows from Conour fraud

September 5, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
State and federal suits take aim at a cavalcade of local attorneys, including some who used to work with the once-prominent, personal-injury lawyer.
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NFL seeks $765M settlement over concussion lawsuits

August 29, 2013
Associated Press
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
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