Legal Issues

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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Emmis wins latest battle in unpaid-dividend case

March 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Plaintiffs in the case had sought $34 million in unpaid dividends. Shareholders had voted in 2012 to wipe away the obligation, at the request of management.
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Former Simon exec sentenced in mail fraud scheme

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro received a sentence of 18 months in a federal prison for perpetrating a construction kickback scheme in Pennsylvania that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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NCAA, ex-college players ordered to hold settlement talks

February 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association and ex-college athletes have been ordered to hold settlement talks in an $800 million lawsuit claiming the Indianapolis-based NCAA illegally blocks student players from profiting from the use of their images.
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BidPal battles 'cybersquatter' over online domains

February 27, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based fundraising-software developer claims it is the victim of cybersquatting, according to a federal lawsuit it filed against InterMediaOne and InterMediaOne-AGM.
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Feds sue ITT Educational over loan practices

February 26, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
ITT Educational Services Inc. is being sued by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over allegations the for-profit college chain engaged in predatory lending by pushing students into loans likely to end in default.
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Governors: Buzz about legalizing pot just smoke in most states

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Colorado's governor is warning other state leaders against rushing to follow his lead to legalize recreational marijuana.
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New BMV class-action suit alleges drivers overcharged

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle registrations and other services if their suit succeeds. The suit follows on the heels of a similar legal battle fought last year.
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Judge: NCAA must face trial on ex-player licensing revenue

February 21, 2014
Players seeking a share of $800 million a year in licensing fees for televised games received a sympathetic ear from a federal judge in California.
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Twitter sued over James Dean-linked accounts

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
James Dean Inc., represented by Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, wants Twitter to shut down an unofficial account with more than 8,000 followers.
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Biomet reaches $50M settlement in hip-replacement case

February 7, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana-based Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay a base rate of $200,000 each to hundreds of people who received artificial hips that were later replaced.
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Testosterone-replacement rival of Lilly's Axiron draws lawsuits

February 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc., the company it spun off last year, hid the dangers of using the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, five men claim in lawsuits.
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Jury acquits music venue manager in 2009 fire

February 1, 2014
Associated Press
A Brown County jury on Friday acquitted James Bowyer of Morgantown on all charges in his arson trial. He was accused of setting the fire that destroyed the Little Nashville Opry in September 2009.
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Pain mounts for Telamon after reporting $5M theft

February 1, 2014
Greg Andrews
The Carmel company complains that its  insurers “denied all coverage for the theft-fraud loss under both policies on the grounds that the individual leased to Telamon was an ‘employee’ of Telamon, and simultaneously was not an ‘employee’ of Telamon.”
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Rival's lawsuit could delay launch of new Lilly insulin

January 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Paris-based Sanofi sued Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday for patent infringement. That suit triggers an automatic 30-month delay on Lilly’s plans to launch a similar version of Sanofi's once-a-day insulin Lantus.
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Speedway stores cited for beer sales on Christmas

January 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores in Indiana, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.
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Indianapolis businessman indicted for health care fraud

January 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Ronald Reed, the owner of Benchmark Mobility Corp., allegedly billed the Medicaid and Medicare programs for used wheelchairs, scooters and lift chairs as if they were brand new, obtaining nearly $443,000 in fraudulent sales.
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Court bars Indianapolis’ hour limits on adult bookstores

January 28, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has tossed an Indianapolis ordinance limiting the business hours of adult bookstores from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday.
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States investigating ITT, other for-profit education firms

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
For-profit education companies are facing public criticism and regulatory scrutiny over high drop-out rates, graduates' poor job prospects and the high debt levels of its students.
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Bar Association stands against gay-marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Backed by nearly three-fourths of its members, the Indianapolis Bar has taken the unusual step of announcing its opposition to the state constitutional amendment under debate at the Statehouse.
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Workers not owed for changing time, Supreme Court rules

January 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Companies in many cases don’t have to pay workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, siding with U.S. Steel Corp. in a lawsuit by 800 workers.
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