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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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Attorney’s report alleges trucking school small-claims abuses

July 26, 2013
An attorney’s report examining more than 7,700 lawsuits filed by an Indianapolis-based trucking school alleges systemic abuses that resulted in thousands of judgments against people who may never have stepped foot in the county or the state.
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Faithful are victims at both ends of church scam

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
Nearly a decade after the government took over an Indiana brokerage firm whose leaders scammed more than 10,000 devout investors out of millions of dollars, officials are still trying to get their money back without forcing congregations out of their houses of worship.
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NCAA rejects claims in concussion lawsuit

July 22, 2013
Associated Press
Attorneys suing the Indianapolis-based NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge to let them expand the lawsuit to include thousands of plaintiffs nationwide.
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Mighty Oxford Financial loses big case with clientRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Greg Andrews
An arbitrator ordered the Carmel financial-advisory firm to pay $2.2 million to Reid Hospital & Health Services of Richmond. The dispute involved a delay in executing trades in 2011 that the hospital alleged cost it $2.5 million.
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Attorney disbarred for writing book about client

July 17, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
In 2010, Joseph Stork Smith authored a book purporting to be a true autobiographical account of his 20-year relationship with a former client who was active in politics.
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NCAA to stop putting name, logo on video game

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
The move comes as the NCAA fights a lawsuit that demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas.
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Nick’s English Hut's ATM miscue spawns legal nightmare

July 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The absence of a fee-disclosure sticker triggered a class-action lawsuit, as well as a legal tangle with the restaurant's insurance company.
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Local attorney pleads guilty in $4.5M fraud case

July 8, 2013
Dave Stafford
After a judge revoked his bond and accused him of misleading the court, former personal-injury lawyer William Conour entered a guilty plea in his federal wire fraud case.
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Dispute over vehicle 'spy' device patent flashes into court

July 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A Carmel company that markets a device which plugs into a car’s diagnostic port to monitor the vehicle's performance has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against a better-known competitor.
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Ex-prosecutor pleads guilty to bribery

July 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former Marion County deputy prosecutor formally pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting a bribe. David Wyser has agreed to tell federal prosecutors everything he knows about public corruption in Indianapolis.
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Miami man pleads guilty to $90M Lilly drug heist

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Thieves broke into the Connecticut warehouse of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. in 2010 by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the roof. They lowered themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway vehicle.
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Taxi cab drivers file suit against Town of Speedway

July 1, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Speedway police improperly seized the licenses of as many as 80 cab drivers on the day of this year's Indianapolis 500, and later charged them $50 each for their return, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the town.
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State sues S&P over flawed ratings of securities

June 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor accuses S&P of “systematically and intentionally” misrepresenting its analysis of securities backed by commercial or residential mortgages in order to “maximize revenue and market share.”
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Judge sends Conour to jail for bond violation

June 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
William Conour, the former high-profile personal-injury attorney accused of fraud, was led from federal court in handcuffs Thursday after a judge said Conour had misled the court and violated conditions of his bond.
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High court invalidates law denying gay-marriage benefits

June 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
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Supreme Court rules for Ball State in discrimination decision

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
Maetta Vance, an African-American, alleged that a co-worker at BSU created a hostile work environment. The court's rulings on Monday make it more difficult for Americans to sue businesses for discrimination and retaliation.
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Feud with Hilberts stinging Menard on many levels

June 22, 2013
-Greg Andrews
Throwing the sexual-extortion allegations into the public domain must be a nightmare for Menard, who for decades has doggedly avoided scrutiny of his personal life—even as he built his chain into the nation’s No. 3 home improvement retailer and built his net worth to an estimated $7 billion.
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Greenwood bookkeeper gets 9 years for stealing $680K

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
Prosecutors said 53-year-old Karen Armacost forged hundreds of checks and took credit card payments between 2007 and 2012 from bank accounts maintained by Greenwood Orthopaedics.
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Landmark NCAA player-likeness case set to get underway

June 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Plaintiffs say the case, which heads to court Thursday, may reduce the $6.4 billion in annual revenue that universities get from athletics by as much as 50 percent.
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Former Indy attorney sentenced for theft from estate

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Former Indianapolis attorney David F. Rees was sentenced to four years of home detention and two years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $270,000 from an estate that he was charged with managing.
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