Legal Issues

Emmis restructuring plan to be heard by federal judge

May 31, 2012
Scott Olson

Whether the company can strip preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends will be decided in court. Shareholders have filed suit in an attempt to stop the proposal from being voted on.

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Judge hears fight to sex offenders' Facebook ban

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge said Thursday she plans to rule within a month on the constitutionality of an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networking websites where they could prey on children.
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Indiana fair lawsuits won't go to trial until 2014

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
A group of lawsuits filed over last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse likely won't go to trial for nearly two years.
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IndyCar settles lawsuit over Izod sponsorship

May 25, 2012
Scott Olson
A Florida-based sports marketing firm had claimed in a lawsuit that it was owed million of dollars in commissions for landing the clothing brand as the league's title sponsor.
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Federal court to hear Steak n Shake franchisee appeal

May 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The case involves an Illinois franchisee of Steak n Shake that successfully sued the company over its mandatory menu and pricing policies. The company's appeal is set to be heard Wednesday by a federal appeals court in Chicago.
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Dan Laikin spurred probe of Tim Durham, filings reveal

May 19, 2012
Greg Andrews
The FBI had been investigating Tim Durham since March 2009, when his friend Dan Laikin, a Fair Finance board member, offered up incriminating information on the Indianapolis financier in hopes of securing a lighter sentence for himself in an unrelated case.
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Judge says lawsuit can proceed against for-profit educator

May 15, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against a large for-profit education company accused of using improper sales tactics to lure unqualified students and the billions of dollars in financial aid they bring. The company has two colleges in Indianapolis.
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Feds say wiretaps show evidence of financial plot

May 15, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge in Indianapolis refused to throw out wiretap evidence in the $200 million fraud trial of former Indiana businessman Tim Durham as the government outlined a case largely based on those recordings.
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Justices grill both sides in IU Health case

May 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
Much of the nearly 45 minutes of arguments and questioning on May 10 involved the justices and the lawyers for both parties trying unsuccessfully to apply various scenarios from the retail world of commerce to health care pricing.
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Vaunted attorney Bill Conour has lots of explaining to doRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Greg Andrews
A large question looms in the wake of the April 27 announcement that Conour has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with misappropriating more than $2.5 million in client funds from December 2000 to March 2012. If he is indeed guilty of the wire-fraud charge he faces, where did all the money go?
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Indiana judge declines to release Sugarland testimony

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
A judge hearing several lawsuits filed over last summer's Indiana State Fair stage collapse declined Wednesday to release depositions from country duo Sugarland and told a plaintiff's attorney he shouldn't have publicized videotaped portions of the lead singer's testimony last month.
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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

April 19, 2012
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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