Law

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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Columbia Club Foundation says funds stolen by director

February 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The private club's president alerted members to the theft in a letter, but declined to specify how much was taken. Still, he said the director, who is not named in the correspondence, is making restitution.
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Florida marketing firm suing IRL over Izod contract

January 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Florida-based CV Sports Marketing Inc. alleges in a lawsuit that the IRL and Indianapolis Motor Speedway could owe millions of dollars in fees relating to its role in landing Izod as a title sponsor.
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Former Sen. Bayh joining Washington, D.C., law firm

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The firm of McGuireWoods announced Monday that former Sen. Evan Bayh would be a partner and strategic advisor to domestic and international clients on public policy matters.
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Fair Finance trustee still searching for deep-pocketed saviorRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Trustee Brian Bash and his legal team have yet to publicly implicate anyone who appears to have the cash to substantially reduce the staggering losses.
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Mini Thin marketer slapped with suitRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Carmel man whose Mini Thin dietary supplement was sold through convenience stores nationwide before the government banned its active ingredient now faces allegations of bankruptcy fraud.
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Judges to hear challenge to state’s alcohol permit process

January 28, 2011
Scott Olson
A panel of Indiana Court of Appeals judges on Monday will consider a complaint from the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, which insists too many competing drugstores are receiving beer permits.
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Bren Simon fires attorneys in estate dispute, appeals ruling

January 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Bren Simon is poised to replace her outside legal team in favor of a heavy hitter from Chicago as she appeals two courtroom setbacks in Hamilton County.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Vanderbilt rejected by high court on Cialis patents

January 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Supreme Court justices on Monday left intact a ruling throwing out a lawsuit pressed by the Nashville, Tenn., university against Eli Lilly's Icos subsidiary.
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Durham car collection fetches $2.2M

January 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
A 1929 Duesenberg once driven by Elvis Presley garnered the largest price—$1.237 million.
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