Legal Issues

Judge to order mediation in Simon estate dispute

August 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
Hamilton County Judge William J. Hughes said it's clear that all the parties involved in a series of disputes surrounding late mall billionaire Melvin Simon's estate need to "sit across the table from each other and try to work things out."
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Lawsuit claims builder broke handicapped rights

August 10, 2010
Associated Press
The suit against SC Bodner Co. says 16 Bodner properties in eight states violate the Fair Housing Act.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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Enforcement lax on teen-driver mobile-phone ban

August 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Police report ticketing only one driver for violating the cell phone ban, and a state agency that tracks infractions for 160 police departments could find just two other citations.
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Judge halts distribution of assets from Simon estate

July 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Hamilton County judge has ordered a halt to distributions from the estate of the late Melvin Simon to his widow Bren or any other beneficiary without the court's approval.
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Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Attorneys finish arguments on Simon estate issue

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Bren Simon's stepchildren contend she's incapable of serving as trustee of her late husband's estate and should be removed. A Hamilton Superior Court judge took the matter under advisement and will rule at a later date.
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Bren Simon deposition sheds light on family feud

July 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
Bren Watch VideoA judge is scheduled to hear final arguments Thursday over whether Bren Simon should remain as trustee for her late husband's roughly $2 billion estate. A video deposition has provided a glimpse into ugly family conflicts.
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Feds: Texas pastor misused loan for Indiana church

July 27, 2010
Associated Press
A Houston minister accused of using money borrowed to build a new church to buy a mink coat and a Mercedes Benz missed his initial hearing in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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Retailers gain upper hand in negotiations with landlordsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Greg Andrews
Shop owners realize that landlords, already facing rising vacancies, are sometimes willing to sacrifice financially to keep properties filled and vibrant.
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Judge rules against Inlow heirs

July 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Hamilton County Judge Steve Nation ruled Friday that the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow failed to justify their attempt to remove Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank as the fiduciary of his estate.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Carmel law firm settles consumer claims in Vermont

July 19, 2010
Associated Press
Mossler Law Firm of Carmel agreed to cease all business in Vermont, refund about $79,500 in fees paid by Vermont residents and pay $60,000 in civil penalties.
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Attorneys argue widow should remain Simon estate trustee

July 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Bren Simon argued Friday she has served capably to date as executor of the estate of her late husband, Melvin Simon, as shown in a series of moves she made to transfer his stake in the Indiana Pacers.
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Ex-Indiana University player Leary pleads guilty in fraud

July 16, 2010
Associated Press
Todd Leary of Carmel pleaded guilty in court Thursday to a felony charge of misappropriating title insurance escrow funds. His agreement with prosecutors calls for him to face up to three years in prison, with that cut in half if he pays nearly $295,000 in restitution.
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UPDATE: Bren Simon criticizes stepchildren in court hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
In a deposition aired during an estate hearing, Bren Simon described her stepchildren as spoiled, vicious and hurtful, and said they refused to accept her as family during 37 years of marriage to late mall billionaire Melvin Simon.
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Inlow heirs accuse Fifth Third, Hall Render of fraud

July 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
A bitter battle between the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow and the bank and attorneys overseeing his estate will get a hearing Friday in Hamilton County Court
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Sparks fly at Simon estate hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Details of years of squabbling between family members of the shopping mall magnate Mel Simon have begun to emerge in a court battle over the late billionaire's estate.
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Purdue steps up efforts to halt illegal downloads

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires schools to fight illegal distribution of copyrighted material and educate campus communities about the issue. Schools that don't comply risk losing their eligibility for federal student aid.
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Secondary lender sues Chase over fire sale

July 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. alleges breach of contract after JP Morgan Chase auctioned off assets of American Sentry Guard of Greenwood.
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Ex-owner of cemeteries gets prison time

July 8, 2010
Associated Press
Robert Nelms, ex-owner of cemeteries in four states, including Indiana, has been sentenced to between 32 months and 10 years in prison for embezzling $4.2 million from a Grand Rapids cemetery.
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Former loan officer charged with falsifying documents

July 6, 2010
Prosecutors say Robert Tolle falsified a construction progress inspection report while at Old National Bank. He faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence and $1 million fine.
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Developer George Broadbent sued for $9M by widow of co-founder

July 3, 2010
Greg Andrews
Avis Skinner alleges Broadbent isn’t making the payments he committed to when he bought out her husband's real estate interests in 2006.
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Employers mull legal challenge to new state gun law

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president says several members have inquired about pursuing legal action, though nothing formal is in the works yet.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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