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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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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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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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State justice denies motion to recuse himself

August 14, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Despite close ties to the project manager of the Rockport coal-gasification plant, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa has decided to hear a pending case on the project.
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Sugarland insurer sues state fair over stage collapse

August 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. is suing the state and Indiana State Fair Commission over losses from instruments and sound equipment that was damaged in the Aug. 13, 2011, stage collapse.
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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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Local legal aid group needs to beat the bushes

August 12, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
A $126,000 reduction in contributions by United Way of Central Indiana is pushing Indianapolis Legal Aid Society to introduce itself to a wider audience and focus on fundraising.
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Outrage-laden ITT ruling tossed aside by appellate courtRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Greg Andrews
The outrage that seemed to leap from an order that Judge Tonya Walton Pratt issued last year was entirely missing from a new appeals court ruling  reversing her dismissal and the attorneys’ sanctions.
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Simon suffers setback in antitrust suitRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Cory Schouten
A federal lawsuit alleging monopolistic behavior by Simon Property Group Inc. likely will proceed to trial after a federal judge in South Bend denied a motion by the Indianapolis-based mall giant to dismiss the 3-year-old case.
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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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State sues AT&T for suspending injured workers

August 5, 2013
Dan Human
The lawsuit alleges AT&T's Indiana subsidiary “has a practice and policy” of suspending employees for at least one day after they report work-related injuries.
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Steak n Shake dispute with franchisees reaches to Denver

August 5, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based burger chain filed suit late last month to stop a Denver restaurant owner from operating under its logo in a spat over menu pricing. The franchisee is countersuing.
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Delta Faucet builds innovation machine in CarmelRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Dan Human
One of Indiana’s most innovative companies in the past decade doesn’t make surgical instruments or drugs or engines. It makes water faucets and toilets. Delta Faucet Co. has secured 589 patents in the past 20 years.
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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