Lawsuits

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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Judge grants class status to lawsuit against BMV

May 6, 2013
Associated Press
As many as 4 million Indiana drivers could become plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has overcharged for driver's licenses since 2007.
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Trial date set in Carmel's lawsuit on Palladium construction

May 1, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The 2-year-old complaint concerns defects to steel supports discovered during construction of the city's signature concert hall.
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WTHR exec accused of discrimination lands new gig

April 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WTHR's John Cardenas, who was recently accused of sexual discrimination by his former executive assistant, has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group, the station's parent company.
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State Farm must pay Fishers contractor $14.5M, court rules

April 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Indiana Lawyer Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a $14.5 million award of damages against State Farm Insurance to a Fishers-based construction firm. The award is one of the largest defamation awards in U.S. history, according to the court.
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Steak n Shake facing new suit over mandatory menu pricing

April 10, 2013
Scott Olson
Another Steak n Shake franchise owner is suing the company over its controversial practice that prohibits restaurants in the chain from setting their own menu prices, even after a federal appeals court sided with a franchisee.
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Tyco: No proof Lilly thieves used security report

April 8, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers for a security company being sued in the theft of $60 million worth of pharmaceuticals from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut say there's no proof the thieves used a report it prepared about security weaknesses in the building.
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Steak n Shake pays settlement to former ad agency

April 8, 2013
Jeff Newman
Steak n Shake, which last year lost a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by its former advertising agency, has settled the case rather than let the court decide damages.
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Former university chancellor alleges gender bias

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
The former chancellor of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne says in a federal lawsuit that the trustees of Purdue University forced him into retirement because former President France Cordova wished to hire more female administrators.
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Lilly warehouse thieves had security report, lawsuit says

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
A federal lawsuit contends that thieves who broke into an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut three years ago and stole more than $60 million worth of drugs obtained a copy of a report that revealed weaknesses in the building's security system.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds school voucher program

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools. The decision paves the way for a possible expansion of the program.
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HHGregg manager sues over company's denial of bonuses

March 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Dwain Underwood charges the retailer should have included in its bonus calculations a $40 million life insurance payout it collected after executive chairman Jerry Throgmartin died last year.
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WTHR chief hit with discrimination lawsuit

March 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The former executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13 President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group.
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ITT fights to stem tumbling enrollmentRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
A federal investigation and a shareholder lawsuit are the latest headwinds to threaten ITT Educational Services Inc., which is trying to reverse a precipitous decline in enrollment.
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Gerdt Furniture owners embroiled in $4M court fight

March 14, 2013
Scott Olson
A family dispute involving the owners of Gerdt Furniture & Interiors Inc. has led to a lawsuit accusing them of owing nearly $4 million in unpaid rent and loans.
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Church's refusal to install headstone sparks lawsuit

March 10, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana woman who wanted to honor her late husband with a headstone that captured his interests in sports and the outdoors is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Properties Inc. for refusing to install it.
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Lawsuit over Simon's bonus may expose board's mindset

March 9, 2013
Greg Andrews
The $120 million retention bonus that Simon Property Group Inc.’s board awarded David Simon two years ago has spawned a bitter legal battle in Delaware that promises to shed fascinating light on the inner workings of the board.
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Lawsuit claims BMV overcharged Indiana residents by millions

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
A newly-filed lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles of "systematically" overcharging state residents by tens of millions of dollars for driver's licenses.
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Lampoon: Durham used $1M from company to pay attorney

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Film company once headed by Indianapolis financier Tim Durham says he transferred $1 million to his Indianapolis lawyer, John Tompkins, while fighting federal securities fraud charges.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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