Legal Issues

Gay couples' Indiana celebration could be derailed

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate expect the issue to ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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Aereo court ruling sidesteps cloud-computing questions

June 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
As Aereo Inc.’s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t say.
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NFL agrees to remove $675 million cap on head injuries

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.
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Ex-Colt testifies to Senate panel about brain damage

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht told a Senate hearing Wednesday that he fears where his history of brain injuries will leave him in the future.
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Developer requesting $1M over Broad Ripple project delays

June 25, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. is seeking the damages from opponents of its proposed $30 million apartment-and-retail projects for costs related to construction delays due to a pending appeal.
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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.
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Two contractors accused of wage violations accept plea deals

June 23, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has reached plea agreements in two cases in which a contractor was accused of paying workers less than the required wage on publicly financed projects.
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Defendant in Land Bank fraud case pleads guilty

June 20, 2014
Cory Schouten
One of five defendants in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors.
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Ogden receives 30-day suspension for criticizing judge

June 18, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
Indianapolis attorney and blogger Paul Ogden has been suspended for 30 days by the Indiana Supreme Court based on comments he made regarding a judge who presided over an estate case involving Ogden’s client.
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Trademark board rules against Redskins name

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
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Judge finds ‘rational’ reasons for restricting cold-beer sales

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Judge Richard L. Young ruled the state has legitimately drawn a line by only allowing liquor stores to sell cold beer.
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Deposition challenges timing of BMV overcharges

June 15, 2014
Associated Press
A former deputy director at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says he told agency leaders as early as 2010 that many BMV fees exceeded what was authorized under Indiana law.
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GM ignition-defect recall delay investigated by Indiana

June 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co.’s delayed decision to recall almost 2.6 million cars for ignition-switch defects is being investigated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a spokeswoman for his office said.
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Expert testifies NCAA scholarship caps hurt competition

June 10, 2014
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association stifles competition among schools for players by capping scholarships, a Stanford University professor said Tuesday at a trial in which athletes are seeking a cut of the billions of dollars generated by college sports.
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Former CEO sentenced for federal tax evasion

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Joseph C. Scott, 54, the former CEO at KSM Profit Advisors LLC, was convicted of underreporting his income taxes from 2005 to 2009, resulting in unpaid taxes of nearly $600,000.
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Court: School districts can't charge for bus rides

June 10, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana Court of Appeals says a Marion County school district acted unconstitutionally when it indirectly charged fees for students to ride buses to school.
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Ponzi scheme leader gets 10 years in prison

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Rudolf "Rudi" Pameijer, a former Johnson County insurance agent who pleaded guilty to scamming $1.8 million from two dozen investors, was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison, with eight of those years suspended.
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NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
The agreement was announced hours before the NCAA went to federal court in California to defend itself against a class-action lawsuit from former players over use of their images in broadcasts and video games.
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High-stakes NCAA amateurism trial gets under way

June 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The case, brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, could determine whether the NCAA has to negotiate with players seeking to be paid for appearing in televised games without forfeiting scholarships.
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Lender to bankrupt country club puts on suitor’s cap

June 7, 2014
Greg Andrews
The lender for the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club is an affiliate of California-based Concert Golf Partners, which hopes to convert its debt into ownership of the Fishers club.
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Adviser who swindled Ball State out of $8M gets 4 years

June 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Seth Beoku Betts persuaded the university to give him money to invest in collateralized mortgage obligations. His attorney say he lost the money through bad investments, but prosecutors say he spent much of it on himself, including buying a $1.5 million home in Florida.
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Jury convicts Fishers man on 10 counts of fraud

June 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hrond Arman Gasparian, 67, was involved in two separate but related schemes, according to prosecutors. One involved stealing $400,000 from an Indianapolis church.
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Local law firm seeks class action over state adoption subsidies

June 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis law firm Cohen & Malad LLP filed suit Monday against the Indiana Department of Child Services that claims the state failed to pay millions of dollars in promised subsidies to families who adopted children from the state foster-care system.
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Patent lawsuits limited by Supreme Court in two rulings

June 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against patent holders in two cases Monday, rejecting a legal theory used to sue technology companies and requiring patents to be written with more specific language.
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EA Sports to settle with NCAA athletes for $40 million

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
The settlement is with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., which licenses and markets college sports, and does not include the NCAA. A separate case against the Indianapolis-based NCAA is scheduled for trial early next year.
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