Legal Issues

Ethics panel set to review Turner lobbying situation

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House Ethics Committee on Wednesday will review the actions of a senior lawmaker who worked in private to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars.
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Three more charged in $80M heist of Lilly drugs

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft.
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Delaware County treasurer faces 46 felony counts

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
A prosecutor sought the removal of an eastern Indiana county treasurer from office Monday after filing charges that allege theft, official misconduct and 44 counts of not depositing public funds on time.
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Attorney sues hundreds over use of Indy skyline photo

April 9, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Attorney Richard Bell says he has found about 300 people using a photo on their websites that he took back in 2000. His aggressive litigation against them raises vital questions about fair use and theft in the Internet age.
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Lilly ordered to pay $3 billion in Actos damages

April 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. were ordered to pay a combined $9 billion after a federal court jury found they hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine in the first U.S. trial of its kind.
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Former Junior Achievement boss loses defamation appeal

April 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Jeffrey Miller wanted claims reinstated against Federal Express Corp. and 500 Festival Inc., which owned computers used to post online comments alleging his misuse of funds and possible criminal acts.
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College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
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Thousands of artifacts seized at Indiana home

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Authorities seized thousands of Native American, Russian, Chinese and other artifacts that have "immeasurable" cultural value from the private collection of a 91-year-old man in central Indiana, the FBI said Wednesday.
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UPDATE: Nine at dental practice charged in fraud probe

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged the owner of an Anderson dental practice and eight of her employees in connection with a Medicaid fraud investigation.
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Patent ‘troll’ label gets Congress to ponder what’s in a name

April 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
"Troll" is a term without clear definition and yet it’s being used to push Congress and the Supreme Court to curb abusive litigation. Companies including Eli Lilly warn against damaging a centuries-old system designed to promote advances in science and industry.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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Company fined $50K for Indiana State Fair collapse

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The company that owned the stage involved in the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair rigging collapse has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for safety violations.
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Noble Roman's awarded $1.5M in battle with franchisees

March 27, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based pizza chain is still waiting to collect after being locked in a years-long legal dispute over franchise agreements and royalties.
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Purdue loses appeal to shield discrimination report

March 24, 2014
Dave Stafford
An appellate panel had harsh words for Purdue University’s conduct in shielding a report investigating a former chancellor’s complaint of gender discrimination and harassment against former university president France Cordova.
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Irsay arrest spurs talk of Colts succession planRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay gave a clear signal in 2012 about his long-term succession plan by naming his three daughters vice chairwomen and co-owners. His March 16 arrest might hasten the launch of that plan, or at the very least give Colts fans a glimpse of what it will look like.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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NCAA called 'cartel' with top conferences in player suit

March 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
The NCAA and five top conferences generate billions of dollars in revenue and illegally cap the pay of student athletes, a group of football and basketball players claim in a new lawsuit that seeks to reshape college sports.
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Irsay arrest may bring NFL punishment, sharpen scrutiny on bowl bid

March 17, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The drug-related arrest of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay could bring repercussions from the National Football League and might play a factor in the city's bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.
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Lawsuits challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Ken Falk, chief legal counsel for the ACLU of Indiana, said he expects the growing number of federal lawsuits will be consolidated into a single challenge against the state's marriage law.
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Company must pay back Indiana businesses

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
A company has agreed to refund to nearly 1,200 Indiana businesses the money they paid for services that they erroneously believed were required by law.
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Judge: Case not made for airport justice center site

March 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The judge with authority over Marion County court facilities isn’t convinced that a 35-acre site by Indianapolis International Airport is the best pick for the proposed criminal justice complex.
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State not liable for contractor in fair stage collapse

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
A Marion County judge has denied Mid-America Sound Corp.'s claim that the state is financially responsible for the cost of its defense and any judgments against it over the fatal 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Zoeller to defend Indiana marriage law against suit

March 7, 2014
Associated Press
Four couples from southern Indiana filed suit in federal court Friday looking to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage and the refusal to recognize gay marriages from other states.
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Former college running back sues NCAA over scholarship caps

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association and five of college football's regional conferences, including the Big Ten, were sued by a former West Virginia University player who claims they agreed to limit the value of scholarships to less than the actual cost of attendance.
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Supreme Court removes local judge from bench

March 4, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Judge Kimberly Brown had been on paid suspension since Jan. 9 pending final discipline for multiple violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
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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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