Legal Issues

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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Police arrest six in theft of metals from vacant buildings

October 3, 2012
Dan Human
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has filed criminal charges against six people it says were part of a metal theft ring that targeted vacant commercial buildings in Indianapolis and Anderson.
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Airport challenging judge’s decision on parking lot

October 2, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is asking a judge to reconsider his decision that paves the way for a Cincinnati-based developer to build a 2,000-space parking lot near the airport.
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Dow Agro awarded $5.3M in patent-infringement case

October 2, 2012
The unsuccessful lawsuit filed by a subsidiary of Belgium-based Bayer Bioscience claimed that insect-resistant corn products from affiliates of Dow AgroSciences violated two of its patents.
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Dow AgroSciences prevails in patent-infringement case

September 28, 2012
The lawsuit, filed in December 2010 by Bayer CropScience SA, charged that Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences' herbicide-tolerance technology infringed one of its patents.
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Judge dismisses whistleblower suit against Rolls-Royce

September 27, 2012
Scott Olson
A former senior project engineer at Rolls-Royce's Indianapolis plant accused the company of selling parts to the government that it knew did not meet contractual specifications.
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Daycare operators indicted for possible fraud

September 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A husband and wife who operated numerous daycare centers in the Indianapolis area have been indicted for allegedly scheming to defraud the government of possibly millions of dollars.
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Court rules Steak n Shake broke pact with ad agency

September 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A District Court in Indiana this week ruled that Steak n Shake in 2009 breached its $4.36 million contract with its former advertising agency, Georgia-based Varnson Group.
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SEC accuses local firm of bilking investors out of $1.7M

September 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The SEC’s complaint accuses three people of committing securities fraud by spending investor funds on luxury automobiles, a motorcycle, a 30-foot boat, college tuition, home renovations, a wedding and a honeymoon in St. Lucia.
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Biglari agrees to antitrust fine in Cracker Barrel deal

September 26, 2012
Bloomberg News
The chain-restaurant operator that owns Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle procedural antitrust violations stemming from its purchase of shares in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
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Notices going to those eligible for mortgage settlement

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
More than 37,000 Indiana borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure soon will receive claim forms for payments under the national mortgage settlement.
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Vectren agrees to settlement in Indiana gas explosion

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Vectren Corp. has agreed to pay $75,000 in penalties and take other steps in response to a natural gas explosion that destroyed a southern Indiana home and injured five people.
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Local attorney facing fraud charges dropping lawyers

September 24, 2012
Scott Olson
Richard Kammen and Dorie Maryan, who are representing William F. Conour, will ask a federal judge Thursday to be removed from the case, at the request of Conour, citing a strained relationship.
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Lawsuit tests Indiana's 'take your gun to work' law

September 22, 2012
Associated Press
New provisions of Indiana gun laws that allow people to keep guns in their cars at work and prohibit employers from asking about gun possession will get their first test in a lawsuit filed by an Indianapolis man.
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Indy hotel to pay $355,000 to settle race lawsuit

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
The operators of an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to pay $355,000 to settle allegations they underpaid and fired African-American housekeepers because of their race.
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GOP senator plans bill decriminalizing pot possession

September 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he'll introduce legislation in the 2013 legislative session that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana an infraction, rather than a criminal offense.
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Melvin Simon estate collects $944M from share sale

September 20, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has settled a dispute with the estate of its late founder Melvin Simon, converting his ownership units into common shares and selling them for $944 million.
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Basketball legend Robertson target of bank’s lawsuit

September 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Oscar Robertson's money troubles in Ohio have been well documented lately. But in his hometown of Indianapolis, he's trying to convince a judge that he's not responsible for a $203,000 bank loan.
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Indiana court approves disputed blood in fatal crash

September 12, 2012
Associated Press
A court has ruled that prosecutors can use a disputed blood sample as evidence to prove Indianapolis police officer David Bisard was driving drunk when he caused a fatal crash.
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State Supreme Court won’t hear ex-Chamber director’s case

September 12, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday informed Walter B. Duncan, former executive director of the Greater Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce, that it won't hear his appeal related to a pay dispute after he was forced to resign in 2010.
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Local financial planner sentenced for identity theft

September 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A former financial planner at the Indianapolis offices of Northwestern Mutual and One America-American United Life was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison and three years of probation after pleading guilty to identity theft.
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Game maker Fundex files for bankruptcy reorganization

September 11, 2012
Scott Olson
The once high-flying Fundex is seeking to reorganize under the protection of bankruptcy as the lawsuits against the Plainfield-based company continue to pile up. Fundex lists assets of nearly $1.5 million and liabilities of $8.9 million.
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'80s anti-takeover law helped sow Emmis winRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indiana Business Corporation Law—enacted to help Hoosier companies fight off a wave of attacks by corporate raiders—gives boards of directors unusually broad authority to exercise judgment as they see fit.
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BrightPoint reaches settlement in shareholder suits

September 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Lawsuits filed by BrightPoint Inc. shareholders who are challenging the company's proposed sale to a California firm are set to be dismissed after the sides reached a settlement.
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Case from 1970 revisited in dispute over NBA TV revenue

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
The NBA asked a Manhattan judge on Thursday to side with the league in a legal dispute that stems from a sweetheart deal enjoyed by the former owners of a defunct American Basketball Association team — and despised by current owners of four NBA franchises, including the Indiana Pacers.
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