Legal Issues

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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Carmel man charged with defrauding Medicaid of $1M

March 30, 2012
Businessman Donald Hamilton faces one count of health care fraud, five counts of false statements in a health care matter and two counts of money laundering. He faces a maximum sentence of 55 years if convicted on all counts.
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Fair Finance trustee attorneys could land bigger jackpot

March 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Attorneys assisting the Fair Finance Co. bankruptcy trustee have agreed to no longer be paid by the hour but instead on a contingency based on a percentage of funds recovered for shareholders of the company owned by indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Government sues to close tax preparer in 5 cities

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department is going to court in an effort to close a tax preparation company called Instant Tax Service and its offices in Indianapolis and four other cities, accusing franchisees of preparing fraudulent tax returns to maximize refunds and extract large tax preparation fees.
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Two charged in $2.2M scheme against Colts' Freeney

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
A financial adviser for Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and the adviser's lover have been arrested on federal wire fraud charges that allege they swindled about $2.2 million from the lineman.
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Device maker Biomet paying $22.7M to settle bribery case

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana-based Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay $22.7 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil allegations that it bribed government-employed doctors in Argentina, Brazil and China for eight years to win business with hospitals.
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Ex-investment manager Hauke gets 10 years for fraud

March 23, 2012
Scott Olson
Keenan Hauke of Fishers, who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in December after costing hedge fund clients $7 million, received a 10-year federal prison sentence Friday morning.
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Judge orders Sugarland to testify in April on stage collapse

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had proposed giving depositions in May regarding the deadly 2011 state fair accident, but on Friday Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin instead ordered testimony early next month.
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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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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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