Legal Issues

State's high court to weigh hospital bills

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Supreme Court this week will consider whether hospital billing practices should be put on trial. The state’s highest court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case in which two uninsured patients have sued Indiana University Health for charging them much higher prices than it would have charged insured patients.
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Ex-Colt Schlichter's latest sentence: 11 years

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
Ex-Ohio State and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter was sentenced Friday to nearly 11 years in federal prison for scamming participants in what authorities called a million-dollar sports ticket scheme.
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Lawsuit: Anderson mayor fired 10 workers over politics

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor is fighting a lawsuit filed by 10 former city employees who claim they lost their jobs because they backed the mayor's opponent in last year's election.
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Arrests made in $80M Lilly prescription drug heist

May 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Bloomberg News
Authorities have arrested two Cuban brothers in the 2010 theft of about $80 million in Eli Lilly and Co. prescription drugs from a Connecticut warehouse, a robbery described as one of the biggest pharmaceutical heists in history, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.
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Judge orders Clear Channel to sell key Speedway parcel

April 30, 2012
Scott Olson
The town of Speedway will pay Clear Channel $189,000 for its interest in a key piece of property near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Local attorney charged with defrauding clients of $2.5M

April 27, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
William F. Conour, 64, turned himself in to federal authorities Friday morning, accused of engaging in a scheme from December 2000 to March 2012 to defraud his clients, using money obtained from new settlement funds to pay for old settlements and debts.
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Judge slaps down attorneys behind ITT fraud lawsuitRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt late last month granted ITT’s motion for attorney’s fees and sanctions against Mississippi attorney Timothy Matusheski, as well as two law firms that worked with him on the case—Motley Rice LLC in Los Angeles and Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in Indianapolis.
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Judge rejects Durham motion to throw out indictment

January 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
The ruling by federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson is a big setback for Durham and his attorney, John Tompkins, who in court papers had alleged “outrageous government misconduct.”
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Supporters defend Indiana voucher law in court briefs

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
Striking down Indiana's school voucher program because some schools are affiliated with churches would amount to unnecessary government interference into religion, the law's supporters argue in court documents.
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Federal suit intensifies horse-racing dispute

April 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Former car dealer Ed Martin Jr., already banned from state horse racing tracks, is accusing the Indiana Horse Racing Commission of violating his civil rights and trespassing on his Florida thoroughbred farm during an investigation it launched against him.
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Fortune Industries shareholder seeks to stop proposed sale

April 17, 2012
Scott Olson
A shareholder of Indianapolis-based Fortune Industries Inc. has filed suit against the public company and its top executives, seeking class-action status on behalf of shareholders who want to stop a transaction that would take it private.
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Preferred-shareholder group sues Emmis over restructuring

April 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A group of Emmis Communications Corp. preferred shareholders, unhappy with a company proposal that would strip them of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends, filed a lawsuit against the Indianapolis media firm Monday to try to prevent the move.
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Tour manager may be key to stage collapse lawsuits

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
The tour manager who was widely credited with saving the lives of country duo Sugarland before a deadly stage collapse at last summer's Indiana State Fair has become a central focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages for the families of seven people who died and dozens who were injured.
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Would-be donor's big promises vex trail of victimsRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Those left in the lurch by financial promises unfulfilled by Joe Bilby are mystfied by his motives, since he seems not to have profited from any of it.
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Attorney: Band depositions continue on collapse

April 13, 2012
Associated Press
An attorney for some Indiana State Fair stage-collapse victims says Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of country duo Sugarland maintain they left decisions about whether concerts would proceed up to their tour manager.
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Faulty stage, lack of emergency plan played roles in disaster

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
The stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people at the Indiana State Fair last summer did not meet industry safety standards and the tragedy was compounded by the absence of a fully developed emergency plan, investigators concluded.
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State asks judge to uphold Indiana immigration law

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
State attorneys say the ACLU is exaggerating the powers Indiana's new immigration law gives to local police in an effort to persuade a federal judge to throw out parts of the law.
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Australian Gold sues to protect product name

April 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Australian Gold LLC, the tanning salon products company led by Steve and Tomisue Hilbert, is in a trademark dispute with a Boston-based online retailer over the trade name Rue La La.
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Andy Mohr target of Volvo Trucks lawsuit

April 11, 2012
Scott Olson
A division of the Swedish automaker claims in a federal suit that local car dealer Andy Mohr failed to deliver on several promises after securing a five-year contract to sell Volvo trucks. An attorney for Mohr counters that Volvo is at fault and said Mohr plans his own lawsuit.
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Hauke receiver files suit to recover $600K from Arizona investor

April 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Attorney William Wendling will try to collect $1 million to $2 million from a handful of investors in Samex Capital Ponzi scheme.
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Former Mike's Carwash partner seeking $30M

April 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Jerry Dahm is asking a Hamilton Superior Court judge to force the two owners of the company to buy his stake in its real estate arm for more than $26.2 million, on top of another $3.3 million he wants from his share in the car wash chain. The two owners already have agreed to pay him $17.1 million.
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Would-be philanthropist sentenced in check-fraud case

April 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A 70-year-old Trafalgar man who made empty promises of multimillion-dollar gifts to local cultural institutions was sentenced to six years of probation Thursday morning in an unrelated check-fraud case.
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Emmis sues Hungary for political interference in radio bids

April 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Hungary is being sued for political interference in awarding radio licenses, renewing doubts over press freedoms in the nation as the government tries to convince the European Union that it respects media independence.
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Indianapolis man awarded $5.6M in factory accident

April 4, 2012
Ronald W. Hargis lost four fingers from his left hand and underwent a dozen surgeries after being injured by a compression roller while testing new equipment at Flutes Inc. in Indianapolis. Hargis sued the North Carolina manufacturer of the equipment.
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IBM: Indiana canceled deal because of budget woes

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The real reason Indiana canceled its nearly $1.4 billion contract with IBM for a troubled welfare automation system was state budget problems, a lawyer for the computer giant argued Tuesday. But the state said IBM was more concerned about profit than getting assistance to needy people.
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