Legal Issues

Not-for-profit leader faces tax evasion, perjury charges

May 29, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Byron Alston, a high-profile employee of the anti-crime Ten Point Coalition and founder of the not-for-profit group Save the Youth, Inc., is facing four felony counts of tax evasion and one count of perjury after an investigation led by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
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Former Colt, Bear take tax lawsuit to Ohio's top court

May 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
Former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday and ex-Chicago Bear linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer are suing Cleveland over what they consider an "egregious and shameless money grab."
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Indianapolis doctor gets 10 years for drug charges

May 27, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has sentenced an Indianapolis doctor to 10 years in prison for writing illicit prescriptions for powerful painkillers after the Drug Enforcement Administration had suspended his authority to dispense controlled substances.
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Irsay formally charged with two misdemeanors

May 24, 2014
Associated Press
Police had filed four preliminary felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from his intoxicated driving arrest near his home in March. Prosecutors took weeks before deciding to file the misdemeanor charges instead.
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HDG Mansur affiliates file Chapter 11 to halt $5.8M judgment

May 23, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The judgment in a New York court stems from allegations by a Sharia fund that the affiliates stole funds. HDG argued that it charged the additional fees to rectify a billing error.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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Ex-Lilly partner wins latest suit over Actos' cancer risk

May 23, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical was found not liable for the bladder cancer of two women who used its Actos diabetes medication in the company's latest trial over the drug. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Former real estate broker faces felony charges

May 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Marion County prosecutor’s office said David Garden was charged with corrupt business influence, 11 counts of forgery and 15 counts of theft.
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Lawyers fret over enforcement of advertising rules

May 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Indiana attorneys stay up at night worrying that their ads will run afoul of state rules that they consider unclear and unevenly enforced. But there's a solution in the works.
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Drugmaker hid diabetes drug’s cancer risks, lawyer says

May 19, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. executives covered up the cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos to protect billions of dollars in sales, a lawyer for two women argued.
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Feds probe whether HDG Mansur took millions from clientRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Scott Olson
HDG Mansur has divulged in court documents that it’s the target of a federal criminal probe for allegedly skimming millions of dollars from a client.
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UPDATE: Doctors nationwide victimized in ID theft fraud

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The American Medical Association says the exact number of doctors affected by tax fraud isn't known, but hundreds of cases have been confirmed, including dozens in Indiana.
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High court to hear appeal of right-to-work law

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in September on Indiana's appeal of a judge's ruling declaring the state's right-to-work law unconstitutional.
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Supreme Court takes up case on death records

May 8, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An attorney for an Evansville newspaper on Thursday told the Indiana Supreme Court that the public should be able to find out a person’s cause of death. But the Vanderburgh County Health Department argued that state law says otherwise.
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Judge says Indiana BMV wrongly pulled '0INK' plate

May 8, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that Indiana officials violated a police officer's constitutional rights by revoking his vanity license plate "0INK."
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Ex-felon fighting denial of mortgage loan license

May 8, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The state’s authority to license mortgage loan originators is at stake in a case pending at the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Indiana Supreme Court sides with Ballard in redistricting fight

May 7, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard in a dispute between the mayor and Democratic members of the City-County Council who challenged a redistricting plan passed in late 2011.
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Justices disbar attorney, threaten imprisonment

May 7, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
Christopher E. Haigh was suspended in 2008, after he was caught having sexually intimate relationships with two minor teen girls on a rowing team he coached for the International School of Indianapolis. But the court said he continued to practice law.
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Settlement seeks $100M fund for meningitis victims

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
A settlement filed with a federal bankruptcy judge would create a fund of more than $100 million to compensate victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy, lawyers said Tuesday. The outbreak sickened dozens in Indiana and killed at least 10.
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Yes, the NCAA is a powerhouse, but it’s vulnerable

May 3, 2014
Greg Andrews
If the NCAA were a public company, investors would be fretting about the risks—most notably the thicket of litigation that could upend the definition of amateurism and pave the way for athletes to get paid.
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Former GIPC chief faces forgery, theft counts

May 1, 2014
Jeff Newman
The former executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee was charged Thursday with 26 counts of forgery and one count of theft for allegedly misappropriating more than $96,000 of the organization’s money.
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Supreme Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. Texas led 14 states, including Indiana, and industry groups in challenging the rule.
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Appeals court upholds dismissal of ethics charges against ex-IURC chief

April 29, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's decision means former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy is immune to criminal prosecution.
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Lilly trade-secret defendants released to home detention

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
The court noted that after the government filed a second indictment March 12, the trade-secret theft claims against Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li were changed to wire fraud, and aiding and abetting and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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Ball State challenges ruling on transcripts

April 27, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to hear its challenge of a court ruling that would require it to release transcripts of students who leave the school with unpaid tuition.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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