Law

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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Northwest Indiana restaurants part of El Rodeo raids

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The raids at La Carreta restaurants in Merrillville and Schererville were part of a larger investigation that targeted El Rodeo restaurants in the Indianapolis area, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Richmond.
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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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Law firm Taft to merge with Chicago practice

November 19, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, which includes about 100 attorneys in Indianapolis, expects the merged firm to bill in the range of $175 million to $200 million annually.
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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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Local businessman agrees to settle trustee claims

November 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Stephen Blaising said in a recent court filing that he will pay $125,000 to satisfy a lawsuit brought by the bankruptcy trustee representing investors in an Ohio company led by Tim Durham.
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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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Lawmakers considering more changes to patent laws

November 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
U.S. lawmakers, influenced by companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., are considering the second set of patent-law changes in three years as the courts try to race ahead of Congress.
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Indiana trial courts got 1.6 million cases in 2012

November 4, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report, released Monday, provide details about court operations at the county and appellate level.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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