Lawsuits

Jury finds Bateman co-defendant not guilty in $1.7M fraud

February 15, 2013
Cory Schouten
Manuel Gonzalez has been acquitted of three counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering in connection with a scheme that targeted an Indianapolis physician. Former City-County Councilor Paul Bateman pleaded guilty last month to participating in the scheme.
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Jury to begin deliberating in Don Marsh trial

February 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The panel of nine will begin closed-door discussions Friday afternoon following closing arguments from attorneys representing Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and the former CEO of the company accused of spending $3.3 million of company funds on personal expenses.
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Witnesses: Don Marsh’s expenses never questioned

February 14, 2013
Scott Olson

Lawyers for the former CEO of Marsh Supermarkets on Thursday hammered home their claims his expenses were widely accepted in the company as normal business costs, while witness testimony revealed a corporate culture that passed the buck on evaluating those costs.

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Marsh Supermarkets rests case against former CEO

February 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Don Marsh got their first chance to go on the offensive Wednesday after Marsh Supermarkets Inc. rested its case against the company's former CEO.
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Sun Capital execs 'shocked' by Marsh financials

February 12, 2013
Scott Olson
Any feelings of satisfaction that Sun Capital Partners executives had after completing the acquisition of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. quickly turned to "shock and surprise," a managing director of the private-equity firm told jurors Tuesday.
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Marsh pilot says he flew former CEO to see mistresses

February 11, 2013
Scott Olson
At least twice a month during the year 2000, the pilot told jurors, he ferried Don Marsh to New York City to visit one of his mistresses. Marsh Supermarkets is suing its former CEO in an attempt to recoup more than $3 million in what it claims are personal expenses.
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Fraud victim files civil suit against ex-councilor

February 11, 2013
Cory Schouten
An Indianapolis physician who lost $1.7 million in a fraud scheme orchestrated in part by former Democratic City-County Councilor Paul C. Bateman Jr. has sued Bateman and two associates in Marion Circuit Court. The civil lawsuit comes as a criminal trial stemming from the case begins in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Former Marsh CFO sought out bankruptcy lawyers

February 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The former executive of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. said he became so concerned about the company's deteriorating finances less than a decade ago that he took the desperate step of meeting with bankruptcy lawyers.
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Don Marsh says he owes more than $500,000 in back taxes

February 7, 2013
Scott Olson
The disclosure came during the fourth day of Don Marsh's civil trial. The locally based supermarket chain is alleging he used company funds to pay more than $3 million in personal expenses.
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Marsh defense: Travel was integral to company success

February 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh's testimony on cross-examination Thursday morning revealed a defense strategy to convince jurors that the frequent trips the former CEO took on the company’s dime were more for business than pleasure.
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UPDATE: Defense takes turn in Marsh civil trial

February 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh finally got off the hot seat Wednesday afternoon after his former company wrapped up nearly two days of questioning, but he didn't stay off the witness stand for long.
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Marsh to call former CEO as first witness

February 4, 2013
Scott Olson
The lead lawyer for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. expects to call Don Marsh as its first witness when the civil trial against him reconvenes Tuesday. The grocery chain alleges that the former CEO used company funds to pay more than $3 million in personal expenses.
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Jury selected in Marsh civil trial

February 2, 2013
Dan Human
Don Marsh, the former supermarket-chain CEO, went on trial in civil court Monday morning over millions of dollars in expenses he charged to the company. Proceedings got underway with attorneys selecting five men and four women for the jury before breaking for lunch.
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Simon unit suing Stir Crazy chain for unpaid rent

February 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The owner of Castleton Square Mall is suing its former tenant for $471,031 following the restaurant's closing late last month.
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Families sue to recover lost investments

February 1, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana county commissioner, his wife and members of three other families who lost more than $700,000 they invested in businesses state officials say were shell companies are suing two men accused of orchestrating the scheme.
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Judge clears two horsemen from defamation suit

January 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A federal judge has released two Indiana horsemen from the ongoing defamation and conspiracy case brought by Ed Martin Jr., a former car dealer and thoroughbred breeder.
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Sale of family-owned business leads to lawsuit

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Deborah Ecksten, a former shareholder of Indianapolis-based Createc Corp., is suing her brother and mother, claiming they earned multimillion-dollar profits at her expense by selling the company without her knowledge.
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Lampoon paid for Durham’s defense, trustee alleges

January 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash, charged with recovering funds for Fair investors, alleges in a court filing that National Lampoon funded convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham's defense. Durham is a former CEO of the film company.
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Foul odor spurs Oliver Winery hard-cider lawsuit

January 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The Bloomington-based winery claims in a federal lawsuit that it was forced to recall its hard apple cider due to defective cans provided by Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp.
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Developer settles suit with Hudson condo residents

January 14, 2013
The complaint alleged that Hudson residents in 2011 began noticing cracks in the first-floor walls and ceiling of the downtown condominium, in addition to noticing a slope in the floor.
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Lilly settles with four sisters in DES cancer case

January 9, 2013
Associated Press
Four sisters who claimed their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s reached a settlement Wednesday with Eli Lilly and Co. in the first of scores of similar claims around the country to go to trial.
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Drug sold by Lilly caused cancer, women claim at Boston trial

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
In opening statements Tuesday, a lawyer for Indianapolis-based Lilly told the jury there is no evidence the synthetic estrogen known as DES causes breast cancer in the daughters of women who took it.
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Trial set to begin over pregnancy drug sold by Lilly

January 3, 2013
Associated Press
Four sisters diagnosed with breast cancer are suing Eli Lilly and Co., a former maker of DES, or diethylstilbestrol, a drug taken by their mother in the 1950s when she was pregnant. It could be the first of scores of such trials over the drug.
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Indiana town sues in bid to take over water services

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana town is suing Indiana American Water Co., seeking to wrest control of local water services from the utility.
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Pennsylvania to sue NCAA over Sandusky-related penalty

January 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said he will sue the Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association, challenging a $60 million fine levied against Penn State University for its role in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.
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