Legal Issues

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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Biglari's Steak n Shake licensing deal stirs up criticsRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Greg Andrews
Under the 20-year deal, Sardar Biglari won’t receive royalties if he remains atop the company. But if he were forced out of for anything but malfeasance, or if it were sold, he’d receive 2.5 percent of sales for five years—a sum that could surpass $100 million.
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Tougher penalties sought for drug ‘look-a-likes’

January 23, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
The intent of Senate Bill 305 is to deter retailers and dealers from selling “look-a-like” drugs that are potentially more dangerous than the drugs they mimic.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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Foes of $25M Broad Ripple project go to court

January 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The local group wants a judge to overturn the city's decision to grant zoning variances for the apartment-and-retail project. In the meantime, developer Browning Investments is moving forward with its plans.
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Two groups challenge Indiana coal-gasification permit

January 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club and Valley Watch want an administrative law judge to strike down the Department of Environmental Management's December decision to extend Indiana Gasification's permit until June 27.
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Man charged with trying to send Iran fighter-jet documents

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Mozaffar Khazaee, a native of Iran who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1991 and recently moved to Indianapolis, was arrested before he was able to board a connecting flight to Frankfurt.
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Cash-strapped Fair Finance CFO agrees to $50M settlementRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Greg Andrews
An attorney for Rick Snow says the executive agreed to the deal because he lacked the money to fight the suit, not because he actually has the money.
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Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

January 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
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Panel recommends removing Marion County judge

December 30, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court will determine what discipline Judge Kimberly Brown should receive in what is believed to be the most extensive case against a judge in the history of the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission.
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Pending criminal code changes focus of concern

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana prosecutors are concerned that pending changes in the state's criminal code, now set to go into effect next summer, will dramatically impair their ability to battle drug crimes.
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Courtroom drama features local names

December 28, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten, J.K. Wall
Several of the top local business stories of 2013 involved legal battles with big-name participants.
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Flexsteel settles Elkhart contamination suit for $6.25M

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Iowa-based furniture maker was accused of polluting the water wells of nine homes in the northern Indiana community.
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Judge rejects appeal from former state elections chief

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
The court had little patience for Charlie White's arguments that his attorney—former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi—fumbled his defense at trial.
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Angie's List hit with shareholder suit

December 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The complaint charges the company and executives with misrepresenting the strength of the Indy-based firm's business model, financial performance and future prospects.
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Cummins sues T-shirt sellers for logo infringement

December 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Cummins Inc., the Indiana-based maker of truck engines, has sued three named and 10 unnamed defendants for trademark infringement. The company claims the defendants are making and selling T-shirts bearing its trademarks without permission.
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Ex-agency chief faces state forgery, theft charges

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Marsha Thompson of Indianapolis, the former executive director of the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral, was arrested on charges filed by Marion County's prosecutor.
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U.S. invalidates 33.5M renewable fuel credits after fraud

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated renewable fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce. The filing Wednesday follows fraud charges filed against the former owners of the Middletown-based E-Biofuels LLC in September.
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State's top court gives Rockport developer a victory

December 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state's high court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an alteration of the contract the plant's developers signed with the Indiana Finance Authority did not constitute a significant change.
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Report: New law will boost Indiana prison population

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Sweeping changes that Indiana lawmakers made this year to sentencing guidelines in hopes of slowing the growth of the state's prison population will actually have the opposite effect, according to a new report.
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Church office manager charged with $177K theft

December 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
An officer manager for an Indianapolis church faces charges of theft and forgery, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday, after more than $177,000 was stolen from the church’s bank accounts.
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