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Mike’s Carwash trial awaits closing arguments

March 22, 2012
Lawyers on Wednesday finished presenting evidence to determine the true value of Mike’s Carwash Inc. and how much a former co-owner should have been paid for his share in the company.
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Lawsuits filed over school bus crash that killed 2

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based personal-injury attorney Ken Nunn says some of the injuries to children from a school bus crash in Indianapolis that killed the driver and a student could have been prevented if the bus had seat belts.
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Indianapolis attorney pleads guilty to theft charges

March 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis attorney has pleaded guilty to theft charges after prosecutors say she took nearly $600,000 from two accounts for which she was responsible.
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Sugarland wants to delay stage testimony until May

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo Sugarland want to wait until May to give depositions in lawsuits over a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair because they're preparing to tour, their attorney argued in court motions filed Wednesday.
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Downtown condo residents sue developer over damage

March 19, 2012
Scott Olson
The homeowners association for the 70-unit Hudson wants the building's developer, Kosene & Kosene, to pay to repair damage it alleges was caused by faulty construction.
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Supreme Court rejects Democrats' election-chief challenge

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that ousted Secretary of State Charlie White had been eligible to run for office in 2010, rejecting a Democratic challenge and clearing the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint a replacement.
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Zionsville real estate schemer sentenced to 30 months

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Zionsville man who pushed real-estate investing schemes has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.
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Mike's Carwash ownership trial gets under way

March 12, 2012
Scott Olson
The private company and principals Bill and Mike Dahm are defendants in the lawsuit brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who once owned 35 percent of the company and claims he was forced to sell his shares at a discounted rate.
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Little Nashville Opry manager charged with arson

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The manager of a concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts was arrested on an arson charge Tuesday in connection with the September 2009 blaze that destroyed the hall, authorities said.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee alleges complicity by silenceRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Greg Andrews
Lawyers overseeing Fair Finance's liquidation charge that, every step of the way, businesspeople who crossed Tim Durham’s path and witnessed questionable behavior looked the other way—because it was highly profitable for them to do so.
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Star settles age-discrimination suit with ex-columnist

March 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Former columnist Susan Guyett, 63, sued the Star and its owner, Virginia-based Gannett Co., in April 2010, alleging that her age led to her dismissal in December 2008.
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Bill for alcohol amnesty law goes to governor

March 2, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators have approved changing Indiana law to shield people from arrest on alcohol charges if they seek out medical help for someone who is intoxicated.
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Appellate judges rule against Simon in defamation case

February 29, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
A defamation lawsuit filed by Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife against a California attorney looks as though it will be thrown out after an appeal.
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State Supreme Court hears arguments in White case

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Supreme Court justices peppered attorneys with questions Wednesday during arguments to determine whether ousted Secretary of State Charlie White was ever a legal candidate for the office, and who gets to appoint his successor.
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Speedway's plan for roundabout hits snag over billboard

February 27, 2012
Scott Olson
The Speedway Redevelopment Commission is threatening eminent domain against Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. because the billboard company won't relinquish its lease rights at a key intersection.
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Couple accused of tax fraud turning the tables on stateRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Real estate investor Chris Marten and his wife, Janice—a longtime Carmel jeweler—charge in a new federal lawsuit that investigators trampled on their constitutional rights during the inquiry, which resulted in 28 criminal charges.
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Fair Finance trustee sues former owner for $150M

February 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
The lawsuit charges Donald Fair knew Tim Durham was looting the business but kept quiet to collect millions of dollars in payments scheduled to be made from 2002 to 2007.
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Appeals court rules on anonymous online comment case

February 21, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered a Marion County judge to reconsider whether The Indianapolis Star must identify an online user who posted an anonymous comment that now is part of a defamation lawsuit.
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Wiretaps suggest Durham tried to sugarcoat Fair's woesRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Greg Andrews
Transcripts of phone conversations capture Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham discussing ways to recast company financials to mitigate Ohio securities regulators’ concerns about massive insider loans.
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Former worker files federal suit against ASI

February 17, 2012
Scott Olson
An ex-employee of manufacturer ASI Limited in Whitestown is suing the company for allegedly failing to give workers a required 60-day notice that the plant was closing. The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of roughly 200 terminated workers.
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More Fair suits target Durham family members

February 14, 2012
Scott Olson
Those named in the latest lawsuits include Tim Durham's ex-wife, Joan SerVaas; B.J. Durham, SerVaas' biological son who was adopted by Durham; and the financier's sister, Courtney Durham.
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Right-to-work boycott fines put on hold by Indiana high court

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court placed on hold Wednesday all legislative fines against Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House during the right-to-work battle until it rules on whether it's legal for those fines to be deducted from their paychecks.
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Company: Sugarland resisted delaying state fair concert

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert at the state fair despite threatening weather that caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified against the company that built the stage rigging.
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Lawsuit filed over denial of senior's home care

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Carmel-based health insurer once owned by Conseco Inc. is being sued for refusing to pay claims for in-home care submitted by California senior citizens.
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Trustee seeks $1B from Fair Finance's lenders

February 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee finally has found some deep pockets to go after in his quest to recover money for the small-time Ohio investors who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company failed two years ago.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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