Legal Issues

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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Attorneys to get big cut of $300K OmniSource settlement

July 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An OmniSource executive says the company wouldn't have made the settlement with the Marion County prosecutor if it knew more than a third of the cash wouldn't be going to Indianapolis police for training programs.
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Fair trustee issues subpoena for Brightpoint CEO

July 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee has subpoenaed Brightpoint Inc. CEO Robert J. Laikin as it tries to recover more than $19 million Laikin's brother borrowed from the Ohio company.
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Shelbyville manufacturer takes on big name in tumblers

July 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Shelbyville manufacturer is seeking to cancel a trademark held by Tervis Tumbler Co., which built a $75 million business around making double-walled plastic cups.
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Contractor wins $14.5M judgment against State Farm

July 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A Hamilton County jury sided with Joseph Radcliff in his lengthy legal battle with the insurer following a 2006 hailstorm that caused severe damage in central Indiana. State Farm accused Radcliff of fraud.
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Election panel chair's law firm donated to White

June 27, 2011
Associated Press
The state elections panel that is weighing voter fraud allegations against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White includes a Republican loosely linked to White through political contributions.
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Appeals court: Eiteljorg estate trustees breached duties

June 27, 2011
Scott Olson
A panel of state appellate court judges backed a trial court's decision, determining trustees for the estate of Harrison Eiteljorg breached their duties by failing to distribute more than $1 million to his two sons.
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Zyprexa appeal rejected by Supreme Court

June 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a bid to press a $6.8 billion class-action suit against Eli Lilly and Co. over the marketing of Zyprexa, the company’s schizophrenia treatment.
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Home builders close after alleged embezzlement scheme

June 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Two prominent area home builders have ceased operations after owner J. Greg Allen filed suit against two longtime executives, alleging they've been stealing from the companies for years.
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Receiver to manage assets of Fishers money manager

June 20, 2011
Cory Schouten
A receiver will take control of assets held by Samex Capital CEO Keenan R. Hauke, a prominent Fishers money manager accused by state officials of violating securities laws.
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Judge whacks claim that games infringe on Dillinger name

June 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
A federal judge has shot down a lawsuit brought by heirs of notorious bank robber John Dillinger over the depiction of the Dillinger name in video games based on the classic movie "The Godfather."
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Accountants lose court battle with former firm

June 16, 2011
Scott Olson
A Marion County judge ruled against three former partners in a local accounting firm who were trying to collect the full amount of their stock ownership after they left the company to start a rival firm.
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Fair Finance trustee sues National Lampoon

June 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee this week sued National Lampoon Inc. seeking to recover millions of dollars that indicted financier Tim Durham provided the ailing Los Angeles-based comedy business over the past decade.
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Effort to save minority car dealer lands Bill Mays in ditchRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Greg Andrews
PNC Bank last month sued Mays, one of the city’s most prominent black businessmen, charging he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan he received in 2008 that has an unpaid balance of $2 million.
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Magistrate reverses David Marsh deposition ruling

June 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing new information, U.S. Magistrate Tim A. Baker now says lawyers for Marsh Supermarkets can depose David A. Marsh, son of the company's former CEO, Don Marsh. Baker previously ruled that he couldn't be deposed.
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Roche wins as high court limits university patent rights

June 6, 2011
Bloomberg News
Monday's Supreme Court decision is a victory for companies that collaborate with universities in research. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was among the companies that supported Roche.
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Ex-Countrymark CEO’s bid to reduce sentence denied

June 3, 2011
David Swanson had asked a federal judge to vacate or reduce his 12-year prison sentence stemming from his 2002 conviction for wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
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Finish Line settles with former employee

June 3, 2011
The Indianapolis-based athletics retailer agreed to pay $38,000 to the worker after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed it violated federal law by firing her because of a physical disability.
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Farm Bureau suit says Walmart TV set Hoosier's house on fire

May 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
A southern Indiana man got more than he bargained for when he bought a low-price TV from Walmart. He says the television set his house on fire.
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Legal issues follow local race team into 500 weekend

May 27, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Panther Racing, which has two drivers in this weekend's Indy 500, has been sued by a former employee, its former landlord and even one of its former drivers, mostly over allegations of not paying its bills.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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