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Kightlinger & Gray opens Louisville officeRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
The new office gives the law firm five locations. In addition to its Indianapolis headquarters and Louisville office, the firm has a presence in Evansville, Merrillville and New Albany.
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Cummins sues T-shirt sellers for logo infringement

December 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Cummins Inc., the Indiana-based maker of truck engines, has sued three named and 10 unnamed defendants for trademark infringement. The company claims the defendants are making and selling T-shirts bearing its trademarks without permission.
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Ex-agency chief faces state forgery, theft charges

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Marsha Thompson of Indianapolis, the former executive director of the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral, was arrested on charges filed by Marion County's prosecutor.
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U.S. invalidates 33.5M renewable fuel credits after fraud

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated renewable fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce. The filing Wednesday follows fraud charges filed against the former owners of the Middletown-based E-Biofuels LLC in September.
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Suit spawns liquor-distribution showdown

December 14, 2013
Scott Olson
Indiana’s largest beer distributor is mounting the latest legal challenge to the state’s arcane, Prohibition-era liquor laws. Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co. Inc. is suing state officials, arguing the company should be able to also supply liquor to bars, restaurants and retail outlets.
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Report: New law will boost Indiana prison population

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Sweeping changes that Indiana lawmakers made this year to sentencing guidelines in hopes of slowing the growth of the state's prison population will actually have the opposite effect, according to a new report.
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Church office manager charged with $177K theft

December 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
An officer manager for an Indianapolis church faces charges of theft and forgery, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday, after more than $177,000 was stolen from the church’s bank accounts.
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Local restaurant owners settle case of pizzeria plagiarism

December 10, 2013
Dan Human
Napolese pizzeria and Crust Pizzeria Napoletana have quietly reached an agreement outside of court. Napolese owner Martha Hoover filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Crust owner Mohey Osman in October.
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Suit slams ex-insiders of Bank of IndianaRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Racketeering, fraud and “negligent oversight” are juicy ingredients in any lawsuit. But a recently filed complaint against Bank of Indiana may take the trophy in the otherwise sound-but-sleepy world of Indiana banking, not just for the nature of the allegations but that they’re aimed at the boardroom.
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Prosecutors concede no ground in Tim Durham’s appeal

December 7, 2013
Greg Andrews
In a new brief, the government insists it pursued wiretaps in late 2009 only after investigating the business using less-invasive techniques for 7-1/2 months.
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Parties disagree on combining NCAA concussion lawsuits

December 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
Head-trauma lawsuits by ex-football players filed against the NCAA defy easy consolidation—unlike National Football League cases consolidated by federal judges and later settled for $765 million.
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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.
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Former Colt Saturday seeks 'jock tax' refund from Cleveland

December 4, 2013
Mason King
Jeff Saturday has filed suit against the city of Cleveland, fighting a so-called "jock tax" that he contends unfairly dinged him during his playing days as an Indianapolis Colt.
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Midwestern law firms less likely to call one city home

December 4, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Several firms with a big presence in Indianapolis are among the Midwestern practices now deciding not to specify a home office. Local autonomy and decentralized management are major trends, which can help with recruiting.
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Software startup lands state incentives, plans growth

December 3, 2013
Dan Human
AppealTrack, which makes software that manages property tax appeals, expects to double its staff to 14 by 2016.
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Trump wins court battle with Menard over skin-care products deal

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that former model Melania Trump had a valid agreement to market skin-care products for an Indianapolis firm, despite claims from hardware store magnate John Menard that the agreement should be voided.
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Federal judge blocks new nonsurgical abortion law

November 26, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Tuesday blocked the start of the new law while she considers a challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
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Bisard gets 13 years in prison in fatal crash

November 26, 2013
Associated Press
A former Indianapolis police officer convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and seriously injured two others was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday.
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Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

November 26, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The court's decision denied an injunction request from several bar owners who claimed the 2012 law would have a negative impact on their businesses.
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Indiana appeals court hears welfare lawsuit

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers representing Indiana asked an appeals court Monday to refund much of the money the state has paid IBM for a failed welfare privatization effort, but the company countered it's actually entitled to even more.
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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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