Law

Dow Chemical moves toward engineered corn patent

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Dow Chemical Co.'s agricultural division said it has taken the next step toward gaining international patent rights for its new strain of genetically engineered corn that it says will help farmers battle a new strain of "super-weeds."
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Congress takes up major change in patent law

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
Congress has been trying for well over a decade to rewrite patent law, only to be thwarted by the many interested parties.
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Local lawyer's connection to the greats runs deep

February 26, 2011
Scott Olson
What do Johnny Unitas, Vince Lombardi and Babe Ruth have in common? Indianapolis intellectual property attorney Jonathan Faber.
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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ChaCha sues Taiwanese company for trademark infringement

February 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., operator of an online question-and-answer site, sued Taiwanese company HTC Corp. for trademark infringement over the planned introduction of a smartphone called the ChaCha.
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Barnes & Thornburg expands into Los Angeles

February 25, 2011
The opening of an office on the West Coast continues the Indianapolis-based law firm's expansion into other major markets.
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Broadband provider's legal fight escalates

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana-based Omnicity Corp. has filed countersuits against the owners of two companies it acquired who are charging in court that Omnicity failed to fully pay them for the acquisitions.
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Indiana official out of job after 'live ammo' tweet

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana deputy attorney general "is no longer employed" by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he tweeted that police should use live ammunition against Wisconsin labor protesters, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims

February 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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Ex-manager files $600M suit against Indiana Live owners, others

February 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Maryland-based Cordish Cos. says the casino owners withheld $8.4 million in payments and conspired with other groups trying to sabotage its plans for a Maryland gambling facility.
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Financier in botched deal sues Emmis over loan to Smulyan

February 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
In uncommonly sharp language, attorneys for New York-based Alden Global Capital accused Emmis' board of “a blatantly self-dealing transaction” that allows Smulyan to “pursue a personal litigation vendetta” against Alden.
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E-mails detail Fair Finance partner's money woes

February 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
E-mails filed in bankruptcy court this week show that Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran spent money with such abandon that by 2008 he was living off credit cards and imploring CEO Tim Durham to more than double his salary to $1 million.
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Elevator company wants indemnity from IRT

February 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Illinois elevator company wants a judge to force the Indiana Repertory Theatre to protect it from liability in a lawsuit brought by a catering worker who fell down the elevator shaft at the downtown theater in 2007.
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Appeals court agrees to hear challenge in Simon case

February 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal from the widow of the late Melvin Simon, putting on hold a legal dispute over the mall magnate's more than $2 billion estate.
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Hamilton County woman to be sentenced in stock scheme

February 16, 2011
Prior to Wednesday's sentencing, the Secretary of State's securities division said it reached an agreement to liquidate the assets of Dorothy Geisler, including her home on Geist Reservoir.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Indy attorney for $375,000

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
The loan from Fair Finance Co. to Stephen and Linda Plopper matured in 2006, but the couple has failed to satisfy the debt despite recent demands for payment, the suit alleges.
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Former Colts player charged in $1M theft case

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, whose NFL career was derailed by a gambling addiction, was charged Monday with stealing more than $1 million from a 68-year-old woman in suburban Columbus, Ohio.
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Fundex settles trademark suit with game inventor

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Fundex Games Ltd. has given up its rights to the game Chronology to settle a suit brought last March by local inventor Jane Ruemmele.
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Groups file suit to stop I-69 work downstate

February 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Chris O'Malley
Environmental and citizens groups seek to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis, saying it will destroy valuable natural resources.
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Emmis decision to pay CEO legal fees illegal, financier says

February 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Alden Global Capital, a firm Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan is suing for backing out of a deal to finance his efforts to take Emmis private, charges that a $200,000 loan Emmis made to pay his legal fees violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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Bill would expand powers of campus police officers

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Police officers at Indiana colleges and universities could have the same authority as city and county officers under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.
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Missionary group says vendor holding website hostage

February 4, 2011
Evangelical Baptist Missions Inc. says its former IT vendor is holding its website hostage—potentially hampering the safety of people working abroad.
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Settlement struck in HHGregg dryer lawsuit

February 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The deal, which could become final next month, stems from a lawsuit brought by a group of consumers accusing the Indianapolis-based appliance retailer of improperly installing dryer vents.
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