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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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NFL seeks $765M settlement over concussion lawsuits

August 29, 2013
Associated Press
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
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Marion Superior judge faces 45 judicial misconduct counts

August 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior criminal court Judge Kimberly Brown faces an array of accusations, including counts that her actions led to the delayed release of at least nine defendants and that she created “a hostile environment for attorneys, court staff, clerks, and other court officials."
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Dems, Republicans bring Obamacare fight to Indy

August 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The conservative Heritage Action for American organization brought its anti-Obamacare tour to Indiana’s capitol city on Monday. Meanwhile, supporters of the existing federal health care law held their own event.
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SEC accuses Indy cancer firm of being a sham

August 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The SEC says the CEO of locally based biomedical firm Xytos Inc. has committed securities fraud since 2010 by repeatedly publishing false information to investors about the company. Timothy Cook denies the accusations.
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Debt collectors brawling in courtRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
Todd Wolfe, the 41-year-old founder of Deca Financial Services in Fishers, is at the center of a legal feud with Educational Credit Management Corp., an Oakdale, Minn., not-for-profit that insures $35 billion in federal student loans.
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Indiana stylists settle $9.5M lottery jackpot lawsuit

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
A confidential settlement has ended a lawsuit brought by seven hairstylists against a former co-worker over a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
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Planned Parenthood sues Indiana on abortion pill law

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood is suing to block a new Indiana law that tightens abortion pill regulations, arguing that the law wrongly targets the organization's clinic in Lafayette.
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Former foundation exec to plead guilty to felony

August 21, 2013
Mason King
Trevor Bradley has agreed to serve jail time and repay nearly $38,000 after allegedly admitting to buying swanky merchandise with money from the Meadows Community Foundation.
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iGoDigital founder sues to fend off dispute over $21M sale

August 21, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias' filing in federal court is intended to head off a potential challenge from a key contractor who believes he is owed more from the company's sale to ExactTarget in 2012.
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