Legal Issues

Court upholds Lilly patent on cancer drug Alimta

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge on Monday upheld Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent on the cancer drug Alimta, protecting the compound until July 2016. It was a welcome win after a difficult few months for Indianapolis-based Lilly, which is facing a wave of patent expirations in coming years.
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Citigroup subsidiary agrees to $717,000 Indiana fine

November 8, 2010
The penalty stems from charges that Citigroup Global Markets failed to monitor a former agent accused of working with Robert Nelms, who was sentenced in May for securities fraud involving a $24 million cemetery trust fund operated by Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Drama builds in suit over Hilbert mother-in-law's life policy

November 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Businessman J.B. Carlson is in debt for $5.9 million, and he may have been the last person to see 74-year-old Suzy Tomlinson alive. Her $15 million life-insurance policy named him as the beneficiary.
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Former iSalus CEO sues tech firm for breach of contract

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Mark A. Day is suing Indianapolis-based technology firm iSalus Healthcare, claiming he was dismissed without cause and is entitled to severance pay and benefits.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Firm that ignored lawsuit now paying a hefty priceRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tax-resolution firm JK Harris did not defend itself against a lawsuit and got pummeled as a result. Now, it's brought in an attorney who's trying to undo the mess.
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U.S. court voids NCAA ruling, seeks help on state law

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based appeals court Monday reversed its own July ruling that said the NCAA must face a lawsuit by consumers claiming its ticket-distribution method violates Indiana law.
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Ruling cuts $42M award for state workers seeking back pay

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An appeals court said union workers were eligible for just a couple of months of back pay, rather than for 20 years of back pay.
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Schrenker sentenced to 10 years for securities fraud

October 7, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation sentenced Marcus Schrenker to 10 years in prison, ignoring Schrenker's claims that a lighter sentence would give him enough time to make things right.
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BMV commissioner resigns following arrest

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew J. Miller resigned Thursday, the day after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a public restroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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Indiana BMV chief arrested on indecency charge

October 6, 2010
Associated Press
Andrew J. Miller, 40, of Carmel, was arrested on a charge of public indecency about 1:30 p.m. at Claypool Court, a retail and hotel center near the Circle Centre mall, authorities said.
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Ex-IU hoops player Leary avoids prison time in fraud

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Former Indiana University basketball player Todd Leary was sentenced Monday to two years of work release or home detention followed by two years on probation. He still faces theft and burglary charges in Hamilton County in a separate case.
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Indiana Supreme Court rulings uphold casino rights

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
The court issued a pair of split rulings bolstering the rights of casinos by ruling against a woman who said a riverboat preyed on her gambling addiction and a card counter who sued for the right to play blackjack.
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Local ordinance could be key in City Market discrimination flap

September 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike state and federal law, city ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. That may be enough for the city to take action against Just Cookies, which operates in City Market, for declining a request based on the customer's sexual orientation.
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Plastic surgery firm hit with surveillance litigationRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
Former employees say Meridian Plastic Surgery Center violated their rights when it secretly recorded them in various states of undress.
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Church with rich history sues to shed 'historic' labelRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
The designation scotched a deal with CVS that would have funded construction of a new church at another location.
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Bank suing Estridge Cos. for securities fraud

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Bank of Indiana files complaint against the home builder, alleging it failed to repay a $1 million investment due June 30. The complaint further accuses law firm Krieg DeVault LLP of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
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UPDATE: Schrenker pleads guilty to securities fraud

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former money manager admits to bilking friends, family members and other investors out of millions of dollars before trying to fake his own death. He'll be sentenced Oct. 7.
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Defendant pleads guilty in $880M fraud case

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Florida man with ties to the founder of Indianapolis-based Williams Realty Group pleaded guilty Wednesday to running a multistate Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say left investors with up to $100 million in losses.
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Law firm says ex-Conseco director shorted it on feesRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The last man to settle with with the Carmel insurer over unpaid debt now is now being sued for not paying his legal bill.
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Lauth revival hinges on judge approving settlementRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
The deal with financial backer Inland American Real Estate Trust would leave Lauth Group with fewer properties but a more manageable debt load.
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New Jersey fines Carmel company over dangerous toy

September 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Novelty International, which does business as Kipp Brothers, was ordered to pay a $54,300 fine and reimburse the state's investigative costs.
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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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Apartment developer S.C. Bodner sued over accessibilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The National Fair Housing Alliance and two of its member groups allege that Bodner communities in eight states including Indiana violate accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
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Plea hearing set for defendant in $880M fraud case

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
Prosecutors say 41-year-old Miami Beach resident Nevin Shapiro left at least 60 investors in Florida, Indiana and New Jersey with about $80 million in losses after his Ponzi scheme collapsed.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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