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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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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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