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Trump says she's willing to make up with Menard

November 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Donald Trump's wife testified Thursday that she would still promote her “Melania” line of skin care products if only the company that makes them, which is controlled by hardware mogul John Menard, would honor its contract with her.
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Hilbert says Menard has 'picked on the wrong people'

November 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Both in and out of court Wednesday afternoon, Steve Hilbert was calm but defiant about the allegations made by hardware store owner John Menard against him, describing them as “totally personal” and a “vendetta.”
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Menard's fight with Hilberts to surface in trial with Trump

November 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A skirmish in the ongoing legal war between hardware store magnate John Menard and former business partner Stephen Hilbert will arise in open court on Tuesday, as a trial begins between one of Menard's companies and former model Melania Trump.
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UPDATE: Judge dismisses Ritz's Board of Education lawsuit

November 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A judge ruled that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz didn't have authority to go to court without representation from the attorney general.
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Ex-Omnicity CEO blames bank for bankruptcy filing

November 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In his complaint, Greg Jarman alleges an improper account freeze created a liquidity crisis and scuttled plans by a major investor to make a cash injection into the company.
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Durham family members agree to settle trustee claims

November 8, 2013
Attorneys for the Fair Finance trustee said Tim Durham's ex-wife, Joan SerVaas, has agreed to pay $100,000 and Bernard Durham, his adopted son, $10,000 to settle a lawsuit charging they accepted nearly $300,000 from the disgraced financier.
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Appeals court weighs Duke Energy merger deal

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
The North Carolina Court of Appeals is being asked to decide whether the deal that made Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. the country's largest electric company should be revised to do more for consumers.
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Judge to decide soon if Ritz can sue board with own attorneys

November 5, 2013
A judge could decide as early as Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit that state Superintendent Glenda Ritz has filed against 10 members of the Board of Education she chairs.
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Indianapolis officer Bisard convicted in fatal 2010 crash

November 5, 2013
Associated Press
A suspended Indianapolis police officer was convicted Tuesday of driving drunk and causing a fatal crash in a case that has roiled the city's police department for more than three years.
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Former Simon exec pleads guilty to fraud in kickback scheme

November 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro, 55, likely faces prison time after admitting to his role in a scheme that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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Lawmakers considering more changes to patent laws

November 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
U.S. lawmakers, influenced by companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., are considering the second set of patent-law changes in three years as the courts try to race ahead of Congress.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Prosecutors seeking 14-month sentence for attorney Page

November 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Indianapolis attorney Paul J. Page to prison for his role in a real estate deal involving a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Central Indiana trustee pleads guilty to taking $270,000

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
Sandra Norman was charged with stealing the money by writing checks to herself, friends and her boyfriend since she became trustee in early 2011.
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NCAA loses bid to dismiss ex-athletes’ antitrust claims

October 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association lost a bid to dismiss antitrust claims in a lawsuit brought by ex-student athletes over the use of their images and likenesses on television and in video games.
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Fair bankruptcy judge issues $33M verdict against Dan Laikin

October 25, 2013
Greg Andrews
The case stems from a line of credit the Indianapolis businessman received from Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. Attorneys for the failed company said Laikin amassed tens of millions of dollars in debt he never repaid.
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Radio One alleges ex-WTLC DJ violated 'payola' policy

October 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Khris Raye" filed suit for breach of contract and back pay after being fired, and Radio One responded that the former disc jockey violated the station's policy for altering its playlist.
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Education board member seeks dismissal of Ritz suit

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A member of the Indiana Board of Education asked a Marion County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed this week by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in Indiana's ongoing education battle.
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Schools chief Ritz files suit against state board of education

October 22, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed a lawsuit Tuesday that accuses 10 members of the State Board of Education of violating state law in a secret effort to undermine her.
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Ex-Indiana official questions Brizzi's health

October 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's former elections chief raised questions about his attorney's health during his 2012 voter fraud trial and said he thought it was "a joke" that his defense strategy was to call no witnesses.
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Columbia Club directors take aim at fellow board members in court

October 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Three members of the 124-year-old club's board of directors allege that election rules were changed behind closed doors and in violation of procedure and state law.
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Conour gets 10-year sentence in $6.7M fraud case

October 17, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Former attorney William Conour sat in a federal courtroom Thursday afternoon and listened to several of his former clients tearfully describe how he had lied to them and stolen money from their settlements. The judge imposed half of the maximum sentence.
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Brizzi says letting White testify would've been 'disaster'

October 15, 2013
Associated Press
A judge is hearing arguments from former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White that his conviction on voter fraud should be thrown out because his lawyer, Carl Brizzi, didn't adequately defend him.
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Prosecutors urge 20-year sentence for lawyer Conour in $7M fraud

October 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The toll from fraud perpetrated by former personal-injury attorney William Conour has increased significantly from earlier estimates, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday.
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District, ex-superintendent settle court fight over $1M payout

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township settled with former superintendent Terry Thompson, with neither side paying the other anything, according to Thompson's attorney.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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