Legal Issues

Avalanche of lawsuits flows from Conour fraud

September 5, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
State and federal suits take aim at a cavalcade of local attorneys, including some who used to work with the once-prominent, personal-injury lawyer.
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Indiana Supreme Court to review energy contract

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on a lower court ruling invalidating part of a contract that would require the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a southwestern Indiana plant and resell it on the open market for 30 years.
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State appeals court sets hearing on IBM welfare lawsuit

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state is appealing a Marion County judge's ruling last year awarding $52 million to IBM after then-Gov. Mitch Daniels canceled what was a 10-year, $1.37 billion contract.
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NFL seeks $765M settlement over concussion lawsuits

August 29, 2013
Associated Press
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
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Marion Superior judge faces 45 judicial misconduct counts

August 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior criminal court Judge Kimberly Brown faces an array of accusations, including counts that her actions led to the delayed release of at least nine defendants and that she created “a hostile environment for attorneys, court staff, clerks, and other court officials."
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Indiana stylists settle $9.5M lottery jackpot lawsuit

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
A confidential settlement has ended a lawsuit brought by seven hairstylists against a former co-worker over a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
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Planned Parenthood sues Indiana on abortion pill law

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood is suing to block a new Indiana law that tightens abortion pill regulations, arguing that the law wrongly targets the organization's clinic in Lafayette.
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iGoDigital founder sues to fend off dispute over $21M sale

August 21, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias' filing in federal court is intended to head off a potential challenge from a key contractor who believes he is owed more from the company's sale to ExactTarget in 2012.
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Ex-lawyer who admitted to fraud wants to keep fees

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
William Conour, a former prominent Indianapolis lawyer who pleaded guilty in July to defrauding clients of $4.5 million, wants to keep $2 million in legal fees he says were legitimately earned.
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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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Judge dismisses suit against Indiana immigration law

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Two parts of Indiana's immigration law will remain in effect after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a northwestern Indiana Hispanic advocacy group challenging them, the Indiana attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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Teachers union could pay $14M to schools under settlement

August 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Funds would cover about half of the money the ISTA Insurance Trust claimed was being held in reserve on behalf of school employees in its health insurance plan.
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Judge dismisses charges against ex-regulator Hardy

August 12, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior Court Judge William Nelson ruled Monday that David Lott Hardy's behavior in connection with the Duke Energy Corp. ethics scandal wasn't criminal.
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Convicted Conour, government agree to sale of assets for victims

August 12, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Possessions of convicted former attorney William Conour—including furniture, artwork and a collection of premium wine and champagne—could be sold to help clients Conour defrauded of at least $4.5 million.
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Zimmer told to pay Stryker $228 million in patent case

August 8, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings Inc., which lost a February trial against Stryker Corp. over a surgical device patent, was told to pay three times the jury award, plus other costs.
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HDG Mansur hit with $5.8M court judgment

August 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge in New York has slapped HDG Mansur with a $5.8 million judgment, ruling in favor of a former client that said the Indianapolis real estate firm misappropriated funds.
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Liquor store chain wants to intervene in lawsuit

August 7, 2013
Associated Press
Attorneys for 21st Amendment have filed a motion to intervene in the suit filed by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and several store owners.
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Holiday World family takes dispute to Indiana appeals court

August 7, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
An agreement meant to keep a popular amusement park in the family has sparked a bitter dispute that has reached the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Allison Pointe buildings hit with foreclosure suit

August 6, 2013
Scott Olson
The owners of the buildings, about three dozen entities and individuals, owe $16.6 million, or the entire balance of the loan they received in 2006 to purchase the properties, according to court documents.
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New front opens in family battle over Mel Simon fortuneRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Greg Andrews
Bren Simon is pushing hard for a distribution from the estate now, citing as precedent an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling in another case that “as a matter of policy, beneficiaries should not be starved of distributions to which they are undisputably entitled.”
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Celadon to pay $18.5M settlement over fatal crash

August 2, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm has agreed to pay $18.5 million to the families of two men who died in a multiple-vehicle accident involving a Celadon truck driver in northwest Indiana in February 2011.
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Don Marsh to keep $2.2M severance from grocery chain

July 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued an order allowing Marsh to keep the severance paid by his former company, which attempted to recover the payments from him. The order ends a four-year court battle between the two parties.
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Brizzi hit with another legal malpractice suit

July 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Defrocked Secretary of State Charlie White has sued Carl Brizzi, the former Marion County prosecutor who represented White during a criminal case that led to his removal from office.
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City Securities paying $580,000 to settle SEC probe

July 29, 2013
Greg Andrews
The SEC said the Indianapolis investment firm and a southern Indiana school district made false statements to bond investors. The agency also said the head of City's municipal bond division, Randy Ruhl, provided improper gifts to bond issuers.
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String of EEOC complaints dogs WTHR

July 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A case brought early this year by the executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13’s former president was the seventh since 2005 by a woman alleging sex discrimination at the NBC affiliate
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