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Fair Finance judge throws out $33M Dan Laikin judgmentRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Greg Andrews
The ruling is a big setback for bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash, who has yet to provide any recovery to the more than 5,000 Ohio residents who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company collapsed in 2009.
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Change of plea hearing set for Colts owner Irsay

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
A change of plea hearing has been set for Tuesday for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who faces drug-related charges following a March traffic stop.
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Appeals court finds for employee in fight over non-compete pact

August 29, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
An Indiana man who joined a competitor immediately after his employment ended at a Carmel-based company did not violate a non-compete agreement, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Lilly, partner lose appeal to overturn $9 billion Actos court award

August 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. lost a bid to have a judge throw out a combined $9 billion punitive-damage award over claims the drugmakers hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine.
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Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.
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Two HDG Mansur creditors seek liquidation of the firm

August 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The firms claim in court filings that HDG Mansur has no hope of reorganizing under Chapter 11 and is stalling to avoid paying a $5.8 million judgment.
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Indiana, Wisconsin join rush for same-sex marriage review

August 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
Amid the rush for U.S. Supreme Court review of gay-marriage bans, Indiana and Wisconsin are set to ask a federal appeals court on Tuesday to declare their laws barring such unions constitutional.
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Purdue balks at use of its brand in panned film

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University officials are asking their legal counsel to look into a new movie that makes frequent references to the school despite its refusal to grant permission to use official trademarks and logos.
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Kite Realty creates general counsel postRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust has created the position of executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and has brought aboard Scott E. Murray to fill it.
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NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. What's unclear is how the NCAA's legal team will attack the ruling.
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Judge: Pence contradicted himself on gay marriage

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject.
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'Bring your own device' creates privacy issues for employees

August 20, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Companies are concerned about data security and access to mobile devices used for work. Employees want to keep prying eyes—including those of their employers—away from their personal business.
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Judge tells Indiana to honor other states' gay marriages

August 19, 2014
Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but stayed the ruling until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could decide on the issue.
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NCAA's strongest argument might be cap limit

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.
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Indiana's first female chief justice taking office

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
Loretta Rush is scheduled to be sworn in as Indiana Supreme Court chief justice on Monday afternoon by Gov. Mike Pence. She replaces current Chief Justice Brent Dickson.
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Contractor gets probation in prevailing wage case

August 13, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis construction contractor David Roark was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to two years of probation after he was accused of violating the state's common wage law.
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Local man faces 20 investment-related felony counts

August 13, 2014
Jeff Newman
Robert E. Wilson, 54, who operated locally based Wellington Institutional Management LCC, was charged in Marion County Court with 10 counts of securities fraud and 10 counts of being an unregistered broker-dealer.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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NCAA seeks clarification from court in O'Bannon ruling

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA is going back to court in Oakland, California—to clarify two points in U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken's ruling.
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Experts: Political move could help NCAA avoid more court woes

August 11, 2014
 Bloomberg News analysis
Analysts say the Indianapolis-based NCAA could ask Congress for an antitrust exemption that, coupled with some reform, would help the organization maintain the basic model of college sports.
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Judge rules that NCAA ban on student-player pay is illegal

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
National Collegiate Athletic Association rules barring student athletes from seeking a share of its $800 million in annual broadcast revenue are illegal, a federal judge in California ruled in a lawsuit that may dramatically change college sports.
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Pennsylvania, NCAA seek time for talks in Penn State suit

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Lawyers for the NCAA, the governor of Pennsylvania and others asked a judge to give them a month to work on a possible settlement of a lawsuit over the penalties Penn State University is paying for mishandling the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
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Bank of America close to record settlement with U.S.

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
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Plea deal rejected for ex-Indiana county auditor

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
Lawyers are reworking an agreement under which a former county auditor in Indiana was expected to plead guilty to criminal charges of wrongly paying personal expenses with county-issued credit cards.
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Indiana ethics cases draw watchdog frustration

August 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lawmakers say they are going to look at new transparency rules after public officials skirted the law in three separate ethics cases this year.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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