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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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IU to use Conour funds to help fraud victims

July 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Indiana University plans to use $450,000 donated to its Indianapolis law school by former attorney William Conour to aid the clients defrauded of more than $4.5 million. Conour pleaded guilty to fraud charges Monday morning.
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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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Veteran labor lawyer Mallamad joins Barnes & ThornburgRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Jeffrey Mallamad came from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, where he had chaired the labor and employment practice group.
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BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

July 12, 2013
Associated Press
Irwin Levin, the lawyer who first exposed the alleged $30 million in overcharging in the lawsuit, called Friday's announcement a "political" move designed to gloss over the state's faults.
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Carmel firm settles discrimination lawsuit for $90K

July 11, 2013
Mason King
A Carmel-based power-grid operator has agreed to pay $90,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit involving an employee who allegedly suffered from postpartum depression.
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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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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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BP settles class-action suit over tainted gasoline

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
The oil giant has agreed to a $7 million settlement related to a recall of about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states, including Indiana.
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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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Mel Simon estate quietly showering charities with millionsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Greg Andrews
The estate earmarked at least $1 million for nine recipients, from Butler University and the Indiana University Foundation to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association.
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Indiana BMV lowering license fees after lawsuit

June 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it has been overcharging for driver's licenses and will be cutting those fees.
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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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ACLU says prisons not complying with court order

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
A federal judge has ordered the Indiana Department of Correction to come to her courtroom Wednesday and explain its "precise plans" for improving the treatment of mentally ill prisoners.
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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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Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.
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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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Ice Miller, Bingham firms reduce downtown office space

June 20, 2013
Scott Olson
Ice Miller gave up two floors at the OneAmerica Tower and Bingham Greenebaum Doll one floor at Market Tower as they and other law firms search for ways to cut costs in a highly competitive market.
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Seiwert to rejoin city as corporation counsel

June 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Andrew Seiwert, who twice has served as associate corporation counsel for Indianapolis, will succeed Samantha Karn as she takes a position with the University of Indianapolis.
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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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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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