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Midwestern law firms less likely to call one city home

December 4, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Several firms with a big presence in Indianapolis are among the Midwestern practices now deciding not to specify a home office. Local autonomy and decentralized management are major trends, which can help with recruiting.
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Trump wins court battle with Menard over skin-care products deal

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that former model Melania Trump had a valid agreement to market skin-care products for an Indianapolis firm, despite claims from hardware store magnate John Menard that the agreement should be voided.
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Federal judge blocks new nonsurgical abortion law

November 26, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Tuesday blocked the start of the new law while she considers a challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
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Bisard gets 13 years in prison in fatal crash

November 26, 2013
Associated Press
A former Indianapolis police officer convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and seriously injured two others was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday.
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Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

November 26, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The court's decision denied an injunction request from several bar owners who claimed the 2012 law would have a negative impact on their businesses.
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Indiana appeals court hears welfare lawsuit

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers representing Indiana asked an appeals court Monday to refund much of the money the state has paid IBM for a failed welfare privatization effort, but the company countered it's actually entitled to even more.
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Former deputy prosecutor escapes jail time in sentencing

November 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
David Wyser pleaded guilty in July to charges of accepting a $2,500 bribe in 2009 from a prisoner's father to reduce her 70-year sentence on murder charges.
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Court sides with state on auto-dial law but orders review

November 23, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A federal appeals court has ruled that an Indiana law banning most political calls that use automated dialers and recorded messages doesn’t violate federal consumer-protection rules.
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Still nothing for investors, as Fair Finance legal fees balloon

November 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Cleveland law firm representing the bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash is seeking approval for more than $11 million in fees.
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Colts to remain with Jim Irsay after divorce

November 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Jim and Meg Irsay announced on Thursday that they had mutually agreed to end their 33-year marriage, and that Jim would maintain 100-percent ownership of the Indianapolis Colts, estimated to be worth $1.2 billion.
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NCAA sues Electronic Arts over athlete lawsuit settlement

November 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association sued Electronic Arts Inc., saying the video-game maker hasn’t agreed to indemnify the NCAA for legal claims by college athletes and hasn’t maintained insurance to do so.
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Local law firm reaps $6.3M in fees from BMV class-action suit

November 20, 2013
Scott Olson
Cohen & Malad LLP's fee represents 21 percent of the $30 million awarded to Hoosier motorists as part of a settlement approved by a Marion Superior Court judge Nov. 12. The BMV was accused of overcharging for driver's licenses.
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J&J to pay $2.5B to settle hip replacement suits

November 19, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement is one of the largest ever for the medical device industry. It resolves an estimated 8,000 cases of patients who had to have the company's metal ball-and-socket hip implant removed or replaced. The implants were made by J&J's Indiana-based DePuy unit.
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Police raid El Rodeo restaurants in several counties

November 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Marion County Prosecutor’s office led a multicounty police raid at lunchtime Monday that closed numerous eateries in the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant chain.
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Ex-employer accused new CIRTA chief of stealing trade secrets

November 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jeffrey D. Jackson, a 25-year transportation veteran named Thursday to head the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, was sued by Durango, Colo.-based American Heritage Railways in May.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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