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State sues S&P over flawed ratings of securities

June 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor accuses S&P of “systematically and intentionally” misrepresenting its analysis of securities backed by commercial or residential mortgages in order to “maximize revenue and market share.”
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ACLU says prisons not complying with court order

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
A federal judge has ordered the Indiana Department of Correction to come to her courtroom Wednesday and explain its "precise plans" for improving the treatment of mentally ill prisoners.
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Supreme Court rules for Ball State in discrimination decision

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
Maetta Vance, an African-American, alleged that a co-worker at BSU created a hostile work environment. The court's rulings on Monday make it more difficult for Americans to sue businesses for discrimination and retaliation.
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Feud with Hilberts stinging Menard on many levels

June 22, 2013
-Greg Andrews
Throwing the sexual-extortion allegations into the public domain must be a nightmare for Menard, who for decades has doggedly avoided scrutiny of his personal life—even as he built his chain into the nation’s No. 3 home improvement retailer and built his net worth to an estimated $7 billion.
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Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.
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Landmark NCAA player-likeness case set to get underway

June 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Plaintiffs say the case, which heads to court Thursday, may reduce the $6.4 billion in annual revenue that universities get from athletics by as much as 50 percent.
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Drugmakers may face ‘pay for delay’ suits, high court rules

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Drug companies like Eli Lilly and Co. can be sued for paying rivals to delay low-cost versions of popular medicines, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a decision that rewrites the rules governing the release of generic drugs.
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Indiana agency sued over cuts to program for disabled

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
A federal lawsuit says Indiana's social services agency has made changes to Medicaid waiver programs that threaten to deprive thousands of developmentally disabled people of income they need to survive outside of institutions.
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Hilbert puts MH management company into Chapter 11

June 15, 2013
Greg Andrews
The move, the latest fallout from the executive's feud with hardware king John Menard, puts on hold a Wisconsin lawsuit that sought millions of dollars from the company.
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Suit: Menard pressured Tomisue Hilbert for sexual favors

June 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit charges Tomisue Hilbert's rejection of the billionaire is the real reason he launched a bitter battle to remove her husband, Steve Hilbert, as CEO of the Indianapolis-based private-equity funds the three of them started in 2005.
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Defendant in trial over Palladium defects tries to halt repairs

June 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Attorneys for the Michigan contractor being sued over construction defects at Carmel’s Palladium concert hall have asked a Hamilton County court to stop repair work immediately to preserve evidence in the case.
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Indiana court wades into coal gas plant dispute

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to step into a legal fight between backers and opponents of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.
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NCAA wins dismissal of lawsuit over Sandusky fine

June 6, 2013
Bloomberg News
The lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett failed to show a violation of federal antitrust law, U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane said in her decision throwing out the case.
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National mortgage settlement checks in the mail

June 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says checks totaling more than $26 million will be mailed to more than 18,000 Indiana consumers this month containing shares of the National Mortgage Settlement.
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Bank seeks to foreclose on architectural firm’s HQ

June 3, 2013
Scott Olson
KeyBank has filed a lawsuit against A2SO4 Architecture and is asking a judge to appoint a receiver to manage the property at 540 N. College Ave. The bank says it is owed nearly $1 million.
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Paterno family sues NCAA over Penn State’s Sandusky fine

May 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
In a complaint filed Thursday, the family of the deceased coach and five members of the school’s board of trustees said the Indianapolis-based NCAA improperly interfered and grossly mishandled a criminal matter outside the scope of its authority.
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First Merchants accused of overdraft fee violations

May 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A lawsuit seeking class-action status alleges that the Muncie-based bank manipulated the timing of customers' transactions to cause their checking accounts to bounce more frequently, generating millions of dollars in overdraft fees.
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Mechanic sues Fisher team for alleged harassment

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A former mechanic for Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing says in a lawsuit that he was fired after he complained that a crewmate was sexually harassing him.
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Lawyers scatter as Stewart & Irwin closes doors

May 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Two law firms, including a Chicago practice opening an Indianapolis office, are scooping up attorneys from Stewart & Irwin PC as the 92-year-old local legal institution prepares to end operations.
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FDIC sues executives over Irwin failureRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has filed suit against four former officers of defunct Irwin Financial Corp. banks, alleging they “closed their eyes to known risks” in approving loans that contributed to the banks’ 2009 takeover by regulators.
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Convicted ex-coroner hits Brizzi with legal malpractice suit

May 24, 2013
Dave Stafford
Former Hancock County coroner Tamara Vangundy says she paid Carl Brizzi $10,000 for negligent legal advice that ended her career as an elected official.
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National fraternities face more legal risk after court ruling

May 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
An Indiana appeals court ruling regarding the death of a Wabash College freshman may force national fraternities to take more responsibility for misconduct at chapter houses.
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UPDATE: Brizzi lieutenant agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

May 13, 2013
Cory Schouten
David Wyser, the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was charged with bribery for his role in the early release of a woman convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
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High court rules against Indiana farmer in patent case

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has sustained Monsanto Co.'s claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
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Lawsuit threatens NCAA's amateur business model

May 11, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
On June 20, a California federal court will determine if an antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon—who argues he should’ve been paid for the use of his likeness on game broadcasts and in EA Sports video games—can become a class action.
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