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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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Simon’s board wrongfully denied CEO pay vote, lawyers argue

October 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group directors improperly refused to let shareholders vote on changes to the company's executive-compensation plan that resulted in a $120 million stock award to CEO David Simon, investors' lawyers argued Monday in court.
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$120M lawsuit over central Indiana factory moves ahead

October 14, 2013
Associated Press
The appeals court declined to hear an appeal from Getrag Transmission of a Tipton County judge's ruling that the lawsuit filed by Walbridge Construction should go to trial or settlement.
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Former Simon executive faces fraud charge

October 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have charged Mark Palombaro of Carmel with a single count of mail fraud in connection with a kickback scheme.
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Dow Agro wins latest patent case involving Enlist product

October 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The suit, filed in January 2012 by South African-based Bayer CropScience SA, charged that Dow Agro’s Enlist E3 soybean seed infringed one of its patents.
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iGoDigital founder drops lawsuit over acquisition payout

October 7, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias, who founded iGoDigital, has dropped a federal lawsuit that stemmed from the tech company’s $21 million buyout last year.
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Indiana sues estate of alleged Ponzi schemer

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state has gone to court to freeze the assets of the estate of a dead Kokomo investment adviser so the money can provide possible restitution to victims of a Ponzi scheme who might include former National Football League players.
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Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to leaking classified intelligence

September 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
Donald Sachtleben, a 55-year-old Carmel resident, admitted being the source for an AP story about an intelligence operation in Yemen that foiled a plot to blow up an airliner.
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Attorney emerges as key player in international adoptionsRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Dan Human
Michele Jackson's quest to stem child exploitation led her into arranging international adoptions.
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Durham backers who exited early now taking financial hitRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Greg Andrews
A group of elite Indianapolis investors who cashed out before Tim Durham's financial empire collapsed have reached a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee requiring them to give most of their money back.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Biofuel fraud case shines light on Imperial CEO

September 19, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors say Jeffrey Wilson did not initially know about a fraud scheme in Imperial Petroleum's new subsidiary, E-Biofuels, but allowed the deception to continue once he did, costing investors tens of millions of dollars.
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Durham's appeal hangs on tossing damaging wiretapsRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Tim Durham and his co-defendants cast their clients’ convictions on a total of 25 felony counts as the result of a string of legal missteps, including bungled jury instructions, and giving investigators the right to conduct wiretaps without first demonstrating that “ordinary investigative techniques failed or were unlikely to succeed.”
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Marsh Supermarkets, former CEO spar over attorney fees

September 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The company and Don Marsh each want the other to pay legal bills that, coincidentally, total about $1.7 million each. They stem from a bitter court battle between the two that concluded in July.
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