Lawsuits

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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Legal fight fuels tensions in tight-knit tech worldRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A trademark-infringement case brought against App Press LLC threatens to smother the tech startup in legal fees before it reaches its potential.
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Indiana to receive nearly $793K in Amgen settlement

December 20, 2012
Associated Press
Amgen Inc. has agreed to pay Indiana nearly $793,000 as part of a larger settlement to resolve allegations it paid kickbacks to physicians who prescribed some of its drugs for unapproved uses.
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Analysis: Simon factions make peace as tax hike looms

December 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
Widow Bren Simon and her stepchildren finally managed to settle a long legal battle over the estate of mall magnate Melvin Simon. The goal that appears to have united the survivors: Reducing Uncle Sam's take of a fortune that has swelled to nearly $3 billion.
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Indiana Supreme Court considers punitive damage cap

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
A top state attorney defended Indiana's punitive damages law Thursday against claims that it renders trials meaningless by forcing judges to reduce awards in lawsuits without telling jurors.
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Workers settle employment lawsuit against local hotels

December 12, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sixteen current and former Indianapolis hotel workers have settled their union-backed lawsuit that alleged employment violations by nine area hotels and Atlanta-based Hospitality Staffing Solutions, a subcontractor that employs many hotel workers.
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Housing group sues Buckingham over apartment accessibility

December 11, 2012
Scott Olson
The National Fair Housing Alliance alleges in a lawsuit that four of the local apartment developer's properties violate Fair Housing Act accessibility requirements.
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Blood drawn from cop after crash OK for trial

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling saying blood was drawn properly from an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer after a 2010 fatal crash. But the officer's attorney said it's uncertain whether the evidence can be introduced at trial.
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Court dismisses paper's appeal over online comments

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
The state Court of Appeals has dismissed The Indianapolis Star's appeal of a local judge's order requiring it to identify a person who made anonymous comments on its website that a former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana contends were defamatory.
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Trustee settles for $3.5M with former Fair Finance owner

December 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Donald R. Fair, the former owner of Fair Finance Co. who sold the business to fraudsters Tim Durham and James Cochran, agreed to the settlement Thursday.
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Supreme Court ponders definition of work supervisor

November 27, 2012
Associated Press, Indiana Lawyer Staff
The Supreme Court, in response to an Indiana case, may make a final decision on whether to draw a legal line between work colleagues and work managers, at least when it comes to harassment and retaliation claims.
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Insurance customer lawsuits dog CNORestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Chris O'Malley
CNO Financial Group appears to have wrapped its arms around the cost of settling a trio of consumer lawsuits involving life insurance rate hikes, but it’s not out of the woods yet.
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Much of trustee’s suit against Fair Finance lenders dismissed

November 12, 2012
Scott Olson
Fair Finance Co.'s investors have been dealt a blow by a federal judge who dismissed a bankrutpcy trustee's lawsuit against one of the company’s deep-pocketed lenders.
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Judge approves $90 million for Anthem plaintiffs

October 29, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The settlement will go to 700,000 claimants in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Connecticut, who said Anthem underpaid them when it converted in 2001 from policyholder ownership into publicly traded company WellPoint Inc.
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City paying $2.3 million to 2 hurt in officer's crash

October 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis will pay $2.3 million to two people seriously injured when their motorcycle was struck by a police cruiser driven by an officer allegedly driving drunk.
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U.S. sues Bank of America for $1B-plus in mortgage fraud

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America for more than $1 billion on Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.
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Lawsuit claims Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally

October 18, 2012
Associated Press
A federal lawsuit filed in New York claims Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country. The company operates 29 offices in Indiana.
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Judge allows union suit against right-to-work law

October 18, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has rejected Indiana's bid to throw out a union challenge to the state's right-to-work law.
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Retailers await decision on $7.2B 'swipe-fee' settlementRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Scott Olson
In what could be the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history, the agreement would resolve dozens of lawsuits filed by retailers against Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and the banks that issue their credit cards.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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Court dismisses Volvo claims in dealership dispute

October 12, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
A federal judge in Indianapolis has ruled in favor of Andy Mohr Truck Center in two lawsuits stemming from a broken business relationship between the dealer and Volvo Trucks North America.
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Members sue consumer ratings site Angie's List over fees

October 9, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status alleges that Angie’s List automatically renews members' subscriptions at a higher rate than they’re led to believe, under what it calls a “systematic and repeated breach of its membership agreement.”
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Royal Spa owner prevails in suits involving ex-employee

October 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Royal Spa CEO Robert Dapper won a small judgment against ex-employee Kevin Roessler, and had a complaint and counterclaim containing sexually explicit charges against him dismissed.
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