Law

Steak n Shake dispute with franchisees reaches to Denver

August 5, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based burger chain filed suit late last month to stop a Denver restaurant owner from operating under its logo in a spat over menu pricing. The franchisee is countersuing.
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Delta Faucet builds innovation machine in CarmelRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Dan Human
One of Indiana’s most innovative companies in the past decade doesn’t make surgical instruments or drugs or engines. It makes water faucets and toilets. Delta Faucet Co. has secured 589 patents in the past 20 years.
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New front opens in family battle over Mel Simon fortuneRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Greg Andrews
Bren Simon is pushing hard for a distribution from the estate now, citing as precedent an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling in another case that “as a matter of policy, beneficiaries should not be starved of distributions to which they are undisputably entitled.”
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Celadon to pay $18.5M settlement over fatal crash

August 2, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm has agreed to pay $18.5 million to the families of two men who died in a multiple-vehicle accident involving a Celadon truck driver in northwest Indiana in February 2011.
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Don Marsh to keep $2.2M severance from grocery chain

July 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued an order allowing Marsh to keep the severance paid by his former company, which attempted to recover the payments from him. The order ends a four-year court battle between the two parties.
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Brizzi hit with another legal malpractice suit

July 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Defrocked Secretary of State Charlie White has sued Carl Brizzi, the former Marion County prosecutor who represented White during a criminal case that led to his removal from office.
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City Securities paying $580,000 to settle SEC probe

July 29, 2013
Greg Andrews
The SEC said the Indianapolis investment firm and a southern Indiana school district made false statements to bond investors. The agency also said the head of City's municipal bond division, Randy Ruhl, provided improper gifts to bond issuers.
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String of EEOC complaints dogs WTHR

July 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A case brought early this year by the executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13’s former president was the seventh since 2005 by a woman alleging sex discrimination at the NBC affiliate
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Attorney’s report alleges trucking school small-claims abuses

July 26, 2013
An attorney’s report examining more than 7,700 lawsuits filed by an Indianapolis-based trucking school alleges systemic abuses that resulted in thousands of judgments against people who may never have stepped foot in the county or the state.
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Faithful are victims at both ends of church scam

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
Nearly a decade after the government took over an Indiana brokerage firm whose leaders scammed more than 10,000 devout investors out of millions of dollars, officials are still trying to get their money back without forcing congregations out of their houses of worship.
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NCAA rejects claims in concussion lawsuit

July 22, 2013
Associated Press
Attorneys suing the Indianapolis-based NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge to let them expand the lawsuit to include thousands of plaintiffs nationwide.
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Chief justice wants lawyers to do more pro bono work

July 22, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
One key proposal from a state commission is to require all licensed attorneys in Indiana to report their pro bono hours.
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Mighty Oxford Financial loses big case with clientRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Greg Andrews
An arbitrator ordered the Carmel financial-advisory firm to pay $2.2 million to Reid Hospital & Health Services of Richmond. The dispute involved a delay in executing trades in 2011 that the hospital alleged cost it $2.5 million.
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Ogletree Deakins lands Littler Mendelson leaderRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Todd Nierman, a local lawyer who helped start the Indianapolis office of national firm Littler Mendelson PC, has jumped ship to competitor Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
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Attorney disbarred for writing book about client

July 17, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
In 2010, Joseph Stork Smith authored a book purporting to be a true autobiographical account of his 20-year relationship with a former client who was active in politics.
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NCAA to stop putting name, logo on video game

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
The move comes as the NCAA fights a lawsuit that demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas.
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IU to use Conour funds to help fraud victims

July 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Indiana University plans to use $450,000 donated to its Indianapolis law school by former attorney William Conour to aid the clients defrauded of more than $4.5 million. Conour pleaded guilty to fraud charges Monday morning.
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Nick’s English Hut's ATM miscue spawns legal nightmare

July 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The absence of a fee-disclosure sticker triggered a class-action lawsuit, as well as a legal tangle with the restaurant's insurance company.
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Veteran labor lawyer Mallamad joins Barnes & ThornburgRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Jeffrey Mallamad came from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, where he had chaired the labor and employment practice group.
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BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

July 12, 2013
Associated Press
Irwin Levin, the lawyer who first exposed the alleged $30 million in overcharging in the lawsuit, called Friday's announcement a "political" move designed to gloss over the state's faults.
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Carmel firm settles discrimination lawsuit for $90K

July 11, 2013
Mason King
A Carmel-based power-grid operator has agreed to pay $90,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit involving an employee who allegedly suffered from postpartum depression.
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Local attorney pleads guilty in $4.5M fraud case

July 8, 2013
Dave Stafford
After a judge revoked his bond and accused him of misleading the court, former personal-injury lawyer William Conour entered a guilty plea in his federal wire fraud case.
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Ex-prosecutor pleads guilty to bribery

July 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former Marion County deputy prosecutor formally pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting a bribe. David Wyser has agreed to tell federal prosecutors everything he knows about public corruption in Indianapolis.
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Miami man pleads guilty to $90M Lilly drug heist

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Thieves broke into the Connecticut warehouse of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. in 2010 by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the roof. They lowered themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway vehicle.
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BP settles class-action suit over tainted gasoline

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
The oil giant has agreed to a $7 million settlement related to a recall of about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states, including Indiana.
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