Legal Issues

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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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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