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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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Dow Agro wins latest patent case involving Enlist product

October 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The suit, filed in January 2012 by South African-based Bayer CropScience SA, charged that Dow Agro’s Enlist E3 soybean seed infringed one of its patents.
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iGoDigital founder drops lawsuit over acquisition payout

October 7, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias, who founded iGoDigital, has dropped a federal lawsuit that stemmed from the tech company’s $21 million buyout last year.
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Indiana sues estate of alleged Ponzi schemer

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state has gone to court to freeze the assets of the estate of a dead Kokomo investment adviser so the money can provide possible restitution to victims of a Ponzi scheme who might include former National Football League players.
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Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to leaking classified intelligence

September 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
Donald Sachtleben, a 55-year-old Carmel resident, admitted being the source for an AP story about an intelligence operation in Yemen that foiled a plot to blow up an airliner.
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Attorney emerges as key player in international adoptionsRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Dan Human
Michele Jackson's quest to stem child exploitation led her into arranging international adoptions.
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Durham backers who exited early now taking financial hitRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Greg Andrews
A group of elite Indianapolis investors who cashed out before Tim Durham's financial empire collapsed have reached a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee requiring them to give most of their money back.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Biofuel fraud case shines light on Imperial CEO

September 19, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors say Jeffrey Wilson did not initially know about a fraud scheme in Imperial Petroleum's new subsidiary, E-Biofuels, but allowed the deception to continue once he did, costing investors tens of millions of dollars.
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Biofuels firm's fraud cheated victims of $100M, feds say

September 18, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday related to an investigation of E-biofuels LLC in Henry County, alleged to be the largest instance of tax and securities fraud in state history.
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Dozens of judges to visit schools for Constitution Day

September 16, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The judges will primarily visit K-12 schools and most will distribute pocket-sized versions of the state constitution, the federal constitution and the Declaration of Independence to students.
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Durham's appeal hangs on tossing damaging wiretapsRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Tim Durham and his co-defendants cast their clients’ convictions on a total of 25 felony counts as the result of a string of legal missteps, including bungled jury instructions, and giving investigators the right to conduct wiretaps without first demonstrating that “ordinary investigative techniques failed or were unlikely to succeed.”
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Marsh Supermarkets, former CEO spar over attorney fees

September 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The company and Don Marsh each want the other to pay legal bills that, coincidentally, total about $1.7 million each. They stem from a bitter court battle between the two that concluded in July.
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Fourteen at flea market face counterfeiting charges

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana State Excise Police seized thousands of counterfeit items at White's Sale Barn in Brookville, about 75 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
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Miami man pleads guilty to warehouse thefts

September 9, 2013
A Miami man who helped carry out the theft of about $90 million in prescription drugs from a Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut pleaded guilty Monday to similar thefts in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia.
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Indiana wants Hardy misconduct charges reinstated

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
The state will appeal a ruling that threw out four felony counts of official misconduct against Indiana's former top utility regulator, the attorney general's office said Monday.
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Indiana judge finds portion of right-to-work law unconstitutional

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
A Lake County judge has ruled that Indiana's right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services "without just compensation." The law will stay in effect while an appeal to the state Supreme Court is prepared.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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Menard fires back in court fight with Hilberts

September 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
Menard has countersued Tomisue Hilbert for “abuse of process,” saying she filed her lawsuit only after companies controlled by Menard removed the Hilberts as managers of a private equity firm and sued to recover millions of dollars in fees paid to the Hilberts.
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Indy tree trimmer accused of ripping off senior

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
The suit was the first to be filed under a new Senior Consumer Protection Act. The law provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of financially exploiting people 60 or older.
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Indiana Supreme Court takes up case between state, utility

September 5, 2013
Associated Press
Contract law dominated an Indiana Supreme Court hearing over an agreement requiring the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a private plant and resell it on the open market.
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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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Hauke fraud victims to get $1M in initial restitution

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Former money manager Keenan Hauke was sentenced in July 2012 to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded 67 investors of $7.1 million. Even more victims have emerged since the sentencing.
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