Legal Issues

Fair trustee sues Durham's mother for $831,000

January 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
The lawsuit alleges Mitza Durham of Seymour received 58 checks or wire transfers from the indicted financier from February 2006 through November 2009.
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Judge delays fines for boycotting Indiana Democrats

January 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats got a boost Thursday when a judge temporarily blocked the collection of $1,000-a-day fines imposed on them for their legislative boycott over the contentious right-to-work bill, and their leader said they might return to the House chamber Friday to vote.
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Prosecutor files charges in two white-collar crime cases

January 19, 2012
One case involves an Indianapolis attorney accused of stealing nearly $600,000 from two accounts she oversaw as trustee. The other involves the theft of $200,000 from the foundation of a national collegiate fraternity.
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State Republican committee agrees to Durham settlement

January 16, 2012
The Indiana Republican State Committee has agreed to pay back $87,875 in political contributions it received from indicted financier Tim Durham. In addition, a political group supporting Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed to a $10,000 settlement.
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Angie's List sues rival, accuses it of stealing data

January 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based ratings service alleges that principals of Click and Improve Inc. secretly joined Angie’s List then illegally harvested more than 24,000 proprietary files.
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Former Hoosier sentenced in Florida Ponzi case

January 12, 2012
Developer Sydney "Jack" Williams received one year in prison and a $25,000 fine for failing to report millions of dollars he received in commissions related to a Florida investment scheme.
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Klipsch wins restraining order vs. alleged counterfeiters

January 11, 2012
The order enables the Indianapolis speaker maker to disable the websites where the suspected knockoffs are sold and allows it to restrain the funds of the accused.
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Ex-Peterbilt dealer hauls trailer manufacturer to court

January 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A longtime Indianapolis-based Peterbilt dealer is suing California-based Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. for allegedly blocking the sale of the dealership’s trailer sales arm.
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Indiana Supreme Court will hear IBM case

January 9, 2012
Michael W. Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether Gov. Mitch Daniels must appear for a deposition and testify in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the cancelled IBM contract to modernize the state’s welfare system.
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Workers sue 10 hotels, allege wage violations

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The lawsuit alleges that the hotels and subcontractor Hospitality Staffing Solutions regularly failed to pay employees for all the hours they worked and forced them to work off the clock without breaks.
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Towing company suing city over loss of contract

January 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Interstate/Delaware & South Towing has filed suit against Indianapolis, charging breach of contract. The company, accused of numerous towing violations, faces suspension or revocation of its license.
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Boston lawsuit claims DES-breast cancer link

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Fifty-three women from around the country are suing drug companies, including Eli Lilly and Co., who made and promoted DES for millions of pregnant women from about 1938 to the early 1970s.
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Former Star columnist’s lawsuit set for trial

January 6, 2012
Susan Guyett sued The Indianapolis Star in April 2010, alleging that her age led to her dismissal in December 2008.
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Lilly challenging Biogen patent in London lawsuit

January 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. has sued Biogen Idec Inc. in a London court to revoke a European patent on a potential treatment for immune-system diseases.
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State supreme court upholds Indiana robocall law

December 29, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a state law restricting automated robocalls. In a 4-1 decision Thursday, the court held the state law that requires a live operator on the phone before a recorded message doesn't violate the right to free speech.
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Daniels: Lawmakers will decide on more state fair money

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels will push for more money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, but lawmakers will have to decide how much.
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Judge moves hearing on Indiana secretary of state

December 28, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion Circuit Court judge has delayed a hearing sought by Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in his bid to remain in office.
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WellPoint prevails in shareholder suit over 2001 restructuring

December 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A federal judge has dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against WellPoint stemming from the company’s 2001 conversion from a mutual insurer to a publicly traded company.
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Two women charged with faking state fair claims

December 27, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indianapolis women were charged Tuesday with making false claims to try to collect money from funds intended for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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FedEx wins reversal of jury's $66M award to ATA

December 27, 2011
FedEx Corp. has won an appeal that overturns a $66 million verdict in favor of defunct Indianapolis airline ATA Airlines Inc.
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Latest Fair Finance suits target Durham associates

December 27, 2011
Greg Andrews
Defendants include companies affiliated with Indianapolis restaurateur Henri Najem, the rapper Ludracis and former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Blair Kiel.
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EEOC alleges discrimination at Midwest ISO

December 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Carmel-based power grid operator violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a woman who suffered from post-partum depression, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in a lawsuit filed Friday.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist receives seven years for economic espionage

December 21, 2011
Kexue Huang was sentenced after pleading guilty in October to sending Dow AgroSciences trade secrets to China and Germany.
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Durham's attorney alleges feds abused wiretaps

December 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indicted financier Tim Durham's attorney alleges "the government has engaged in a course of conduct that ... constitutes gross misconduct so severe that dismissal is warranted."
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Brightpoint suing former exec in trade secret dispute

December 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based wireless distributor accuses Mitch Black, who left Brightpoint last year, of taking company trade secrets to a new job with a direct competitor. Brightstar Corp. also is named in the lawsuit.
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