Legal Issues

Judge poised to toss lawsuit against Pacers owner

August 25, 2011
Associated Press
A judge has suggested she will dismiss key portions of a lawsuit by a nanny who claimed she was fired by billionaire Herb Simon and his wife because the employee became pregnant.
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Witness: Simons were happy about nanny's pregnancy

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A household employee of Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife said they were happy when they learned their nanny was pregnant, even though the nanny claims she was fired over the pregnancy.
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Judge orders Indiana to preserve fair stage wreckage

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A judge says he will issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from destroying any evidence from the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage.
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Class-action lawsuit filed over State Fair tragedy

August 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The lawsuit brought by the Indianapolis law firm of Cohen & Malad hopes to include anyone who suffered injuries from a falling stage at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13.
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Court rules state overreached when it shut puppy mill

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
The state had seized and sold 240 dogs at business, citing $142,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Wife of man killed in fair tragedy suing Indiana

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is representing the family of Glenn Goodrich, said the family has filed a tort claim notice against the state regarding intent to file a lawsuit.
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Racinos ask federal court to lower their tax liabilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
If Indiana Live and Hoosier Park prevail, the racetrack-casinos may cut they could cut their combined tax bill by $30 million a year.
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Lawsuits filed for Indiana stage collapse victims

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
Two of what are expected to be many lawsuits were filed Friday on behalf of people injured when wind toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair.
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Judge nearly sends Durham back to halfway house

August 19, 2011
Greg Andrews
Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster said Durham should not continue living at his sister's house or move back to his mansion because both are in foreclosure.
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Ice Miller merging with smaller Ohio firm

August 19, 2011
The combined firm, which will operate as Ice Miller, will have 314 lawyers and 358 other professionals and staff.
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Lawyers submit big bill in Fair Finance case

August 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Most of the $1.8 million that Fair Finance trustee Brian Bash has recovered so far could go to attorneys and accountants working on the massive fraud case involving Indianapolis financier Tim Durham.
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Damage cap limits state's potential losses from concert tragedy

August 18, 2011
Scott Olson
An Indiana law that limits damages paid by state entities likely will prompt lawyers to sue several other parties besides the state fair to try to recover as much as possible for victims of the concert calamity.
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Durham asks to move back into his mansion

August 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indicted financier Tim Durham has asked a federal judge to allow him to move from his sister's home in Geist back to his 20,000-square-foot mansion. Durham has been living with his sister on home detention since his April arrest.
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Court affirms Murat Centre renaming decision

August 16, 2011
A state appellate court upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to block the Old National Centre naming rights deal.
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Former flight management firm owner pleads guilty to fraud

August 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
David A. Chaisson is one of two men charged in separate schemes to defraud Ryan International Airlines. Prosecutors say the schemes involved kickback payments in exchange for business.
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Local bar ordered to pay $45,000 to fired worker

August 12, 2011
The Wild Beaver Saloon in Broad Ripple agreed to the payment as part of a settlement reached Thursday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the bar for allegedly firing the female employee because of her pregnancy.
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1,300 Hoosiers eligible for United Financial restitution

August 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said more than 1,300 Hoosiers are eligible for restitution from United Financial Systems Corp. in the wake of a court ruling against the Indianapolis-based company. The company also faces at least two class-action lawsuits.
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Zimmer playing hardball with plaintiffs' lawyers

August 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Warsaw-based company has sued seven law firms this year and sent warning letters to at least three more, saying their ads and Internet postings distorted the safety record of its $1.8 billion-a-year knee business.
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Fair sues Shelbyville bank over sale of Durham Duesenberg

August 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee sued Shelbyville’s SCB Bank this week, charging it refuses to turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars it raised by auctioning off one of Tim Durham’s most valuable automobiles, a 1929 Duesenberg.
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Wife of Pacers owner testifies against nanny

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
The wife of Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon testified Tuesday that she knew nothing about violence in the past of a nanny who worked for her and said she would not have hired her if she had known.
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Environmental groups sue to block I-69 construction

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads and the I-69 Accountability Project said the road expansion would violate federal environmental laws.
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Trial starts in nanny's suit against Pacers owner

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
A nanny who worked for Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife testified in a wrongful-firing case Monday that the couple knew of her tumultuous life, but decided to keep her on their staff.
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Woman sentenced for illegal immigration service

July 29, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
M. Esther Barber, who is not an attorney, advertised herself to the Spanish-speaking community as a “notario” who can assist with immigration legal issues.
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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.
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Golf course manager suing DuPont over herbicide

July 19, 2011
Scott Olson
R.N. Thompson, which operates several local courses, claims the company's Imprelis herbicide caused "catastrophic tree loss." R.N. Thompson has joined a Pennsylvania resident in filing the class-action suit.
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