Legal Issues

Durham backers who exited early now taking financial hitRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Greg Andrews
A group of elite Indianapolis investors who cashed out before Tim Durham's financial empire collapsed have reached a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee requiring them to give most of their money back.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Biofuel fraud case shines light on Imperial CEO

September 19, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors say Jeffrey Wilson did not initially know about a fraud scheme in Imperial Petroleum's new subsidiary, E-Biofuels, but allowed the deception to continue once he did, costing investors tens of millions of dollars.
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Durham's appeal hangs on tossing damaging wiretapsRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Tim Durham and his co-defendants cast their clients’ convictions on a total of 25 felony counts as the result of a string of legal missteps, including bungled jury instructions, and giving investigators the right to conduct wiretaps without first demonstrating that “ordinary investigative techniques failed or were unlikely to succeed.”
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Marsh Supermarkets, former CEO spar over attorney fees

September 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The company and Don Marsh each want the other to pay legal bills that, coincidentally, total about $1.7 million each. They stem from a bitter court battle between the two that concluded in July.
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Fourteen at flea market face counterfeiting charges

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana State Excise Police seized thousands of counterfeit items at White's Sale Barn in Brookville, about 75 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
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Miami man pleads guilty to warehouse thefts

September 9, 2013
A Miami man who helped carry out the theft of about $90 million in prescription drugs from a Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut pleaded guilty Monday to similar thefts in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia.
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Indiana judge finds portion of right-to-work law unconstitutional

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
A Lake County judge has ruled that Indiana's right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services "without just compensation." The law will stay in effect while an appeal to the state Supreme Court is prepared.
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Menard fires back in court fight with Hilberts

September 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
Menard has countersued Tomisue Hilbert for “abuse of process,” saying she filed her lawsuit only after companies controlled by Menard removed the Hilberts as managers of a private equity firm and sued to recover millions of dollars in fees paid to the Hilberts.
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Indy tree trimmer accused of ripping off senior

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
The suit was the first to be filed under a new Senior Consumer Protection Act. The law provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of financially exploiting people 60 or older.
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Indiana Supreme Court takes up case between state, utility

September 5, 2013
Associated Press
Contract law dominated an Indiana Supreme Court hearing over an agreement requiring the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a private plant and resell it on the open market.
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Avalanche of lawsuits flows from Conour fraud

September 5, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
State and federal suits take aim at a cavalcade of local attorneys, including some who used to work with the once-prominent, personal-injury lawyer.
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Indiana Supreme Court to review energy contract

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on a lower court ruling invalidating part of a contract that would require the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a southwestern Indiana plant and resell it on the open market for 30 years.
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State appeals court sets hearing on IBM welfare lawsuit

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state is appealing a Marion County judge's ruling last year awarding $52 million to IBM after then-Gov. Mitch Daniels canceled what was a 10-year, $1.37 billion contract.
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NFL seeks $765M settlement over concussion lawsuits

August 29, 2013
Associated Press
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
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Marion Superior judge faces 45 judicial misconduct counts

August 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior criminal court Judge Kimberly Brown faces an array of accusations, including counts that her actions led to the delayed release of at least nine defendants and that she created “a hostile environment for attorneys, court staff, clerks, and other court officials."
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Indiana stylists settle $9.5M lottery jackpot lawsuit

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
A confidential settlement has ended a lawsuit brought by seven hairstylists against a former co-worker over a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
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Planned Parenthood sues Indiana on abortion pill law

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood is suing to block a new Indiana law that tightens abortion pill regulations, arguing that the law wrongly targets the organization's clinic in Lafayette.
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iGoDigital founder sues to fend off dispute over $21M sale

August 21, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias' filing in federal court is intended to head off a potential challenge from a key contractor who believes he is owed more from the company's sale to ExactTarget in 2012.
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Ex-lawyer who admitted to fraud wants to keep fees

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
William Conour, a former prominent Indianapolis lawyer who pleaded guilty in July to defrauding clients of $4.5 million, wants to keep $2 million in legal fees he says were legitimately earned.
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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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Judge dismisses suit against Indiana immigration law

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Two parts of Indiana's immigration law will remain in effect after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a northwestern Indiana Hispanic advocacy group challenging them, the Indiana attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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Teachers union could pay $14M to schools under settlement

August 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Funds would cover about half of the money the ISTA Insurance Trust claimed was being held in reserve on behalf of school employees in its health insurance plan.
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Judge dismisses charges against ex-regulator Hardy

August 12, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior Court Judge William Nelson ruled Monday that David Lott Hardy's behavior in connection with the Duke Energy Corp. ethics scandal wasn't criminal.
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Convicted Conour, government agree to sale of assets for victims

August 12, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Possessions of convicted former attorney William Conour—including furniture, artwork and a collection of premium wine and champagne—could be sold to help clients Conour defrauded of at least $4.5 million.
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