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Indiana can't collect on IBM welfare lawsuit, judge rules

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana cannot collect millions of dollars it claims IBM owed after its efforts to overhaul the state's welfare system failed, and the computer giant is entitled to payment for equipment the state kept, a judge said in a Wednesday ruling that condemned both sides.
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Hotel worker 'blacklisting' ban approved by council

July 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis hotels could no longer ban contract workers from direct employment under an ordinance passed Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Browning ordered to testify over Duke Energy CEO's ouster

July 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis real estate developer and Duke Energy Corp. director Michael Browning has been ordered to appear Friday before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is investigating the unexpected ouster of the utility’s new CEO just hours after the company merged with Progress Energy Inc.
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Bar owners challenging smoking ban seek injunction

July 17, 2012
The 10 Indianapolis business owners want a federal judge to prevent the city of Indianapolis from enforcing new public smoking restrictions until a ruling is made on their lawsuit. Their original complaint claims the ordinance violates parts of the U.S. Constitution.
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BrightPoint shareholder sues company over pending sale

July 16, 2012
Scott Olson
A BrightPoint Inc. stockholder has filed suit against the company, charging that the $9 share price offered in its $840 million sale to California-based Ingram Micro Inc. is too low.
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BrightPoint settles two suits against rival Brightstar

July 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Both lawsuits involved former BrightPoint executives hired by Brightstar who had access to the local firm’s innermost workings and strategies. The suits, filed in Marion Superior Court, were dismissed Wednesday.
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Zoeller goes after closed Allcare Dental chain

July 10, 2012
Indiana Lawyer Staff
A chain of dental offices that abruptly closed multiple Indiana locations in December 2010 left patients without care, refunds or records, according to a complaint filed by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.
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Hauke receiver files suit against his former accounting firm

July 9, 2012
Scott Olson
The lawsuit accuses convicted money manager Keenan Hauke's former accounting firm of negligence for failing to monitor Hauke's bank accounts, enabling him to use investor funds for his personal use. Hauke was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison.
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Cousin wins minor damages in Mike's Carwash lawsuit

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
A Hamilton County judge has ruled that a former co-owner of Mike’s Carwash Inc. receive just $140,000 in damages in a civil case that sought close to $30 million.
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Local attorney facing fraud charges resigns from bar

July 6, 2012
High-profile Indianapolis attorney William F. Conour, 65, who is accused of misappropriating $2.5 million in client funds, has relinquished his law license to the Indiana bar.
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Man's lawsuit claims Indiana agency broke law

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
A decision by Indiana's social services agency to stop helping hundreds of severely developmentally disabled people in a Medicaid waiver program pay for food violates state law, the father of an autistic man on public assistance claims.
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Rivoli Theatre finally cleared for comeback

July 3, 2012
Tom Harton
A legal battle that had threatened the east-side landmark has been settled, and a $300,000 grant has been secured to begin stabilizing it.
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Local ad firm BrandWidth rebounds after internal turmoilRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
BrandWidth puts legal scuffle behind it, emerges to nab several national accounts.
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Insurance stocks sink, hospital shares rise after ruling

June 28, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks of hospital companies rose sharply and insurance companies fell Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a requirement that almost all Americans carry health insurance. WellPoint shares were down more than 5 percent.
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U.S. health-care overhaul upheld by Supreme Court

June 28, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, preserving most of a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.
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American Legion challenges Indiana smoking ban

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
An American Legion post in northeastern Indiana has asked a federal judge to put a hold on a statewide smoking ban set to take effect Sunday.
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Judge orders Durham, Cochran jailed until sentencing

June 25, 2012
Cory Schouten
Convicted Ponzi schemers Tim Durham and James Cochran will be held in a federal prison until sentencing, while accomplice Rick Snow will be confined under home detention, under an order issued Monday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson.
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Supreme Court to review rules for supervisor in job-bias suits

June 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court will settle a dispute about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination lawsuit.
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High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward.
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Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.
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Judge upholds Indiana Facebook ban for sex offenders

June 24, 2012
Associated Press
The ACLU has said it will appeal a federal judge's decision to uphold an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites used by children.
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Indiana smoking ban brings new sign rules

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To comply with the statewide smoking ban that begins July 1, there's more for businesses to do than stop patrons and employees from smoking indoors. The same law compels businesses to post an array of signs that announce the ban.
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Durham attorney vows to appeal guilty verdict

June 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
An attorney for convicted fraud mastermind Tim Durham vowed Thursday to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to prove his client did nothing wrong.
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Zionsville wins appeal in airport zoning dispute

June 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The town now has zoning jurisdiction over Indianapolis Executive Airport, which is located within its borders following an annexation, but is operated by the Hamilton County Airport Authority.
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Durham found guilty on all counts

June 20, 2012
Cory Schouten
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett hailed the jury's decision, calling the case "the most significant piece of litigation the Southern District has seen in a generation." Tim Durham and co-defendants Jim Cochran and Rick Snow were handcuffed and taken to the Marion County Jail.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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