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Seiwert to rejoin city as corporation counsel

June 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Andrew Seiwert, who twice has served as associate corporation counsel for Indianapolis, will succeed Samantha Karn as she takes a position with the University of Indianapolis.
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Landmark NCAA player-likeness case set to get underway

June 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Plaintiffs say the case, which heads to court Thursday, may reduce the $6.4 billion in annual revenue that universities get from athletics by as much as 50 percent.
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Former Indy attorney sentenced for theft from estate

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Former Indianapolis attorney David F. Rees was sentenced to four years of home detention and two years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $270,000 from an estate that he was charged with managing.
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Court upholds Indiana legislative boycott fines

June 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by House Republicans against Democrats for their 2011 legislative walkout over right-to-work legislation.
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Drugmakers may face ‘pay for delay’ suits, high court rules

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Drug companies like Eli Lilly and Co. can be sued for paying rivals to delay low-cost versions of popular medicines, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a decision that rewrites the rules governing the release of generic drugs.
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Indiana agency sued over cuts to program for disabled

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
A federal lawsuit says Indiana's social services agency has made changes to Medicaid waiver programs that threaten to deprive thousands of developmentally disabled people of income they need to survive outside of institutions.
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Hilbert puts MH management company into Chapter 11

June 15, 2013
Greg Andrews
The move, the latest fallout from the executive's feud with hardware king John Menard, puts on hold a Wisconsin lawsuit that sought millions of dollars from the company.
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Suit: Menard pressured Tomisue Hilbert for sexual favors

June 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit charges Tomisue Hilbert's rejection of the billionaire is the real reason he launched a bitter battle to remove her husband, Steve Hilbert, as CEO of the Indianapolis-based private-equity funds the three of them started in 2005.
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City won't take back suspect properties sold by Land Bank

June 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis won't try to take back properties that were sold by its Indy Land Bank to suspect not-for-profits or to Naptown Housing Group LLC, in which former land bank director Reggie Walton is alleged to be a silent partner.
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Conour still free after hearing, but judge 'deeply concerned'

June 13, 2013
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has withheld a ruling on revoking the bond for William Conour, the former high-profile personal-injury attorney accused of defrauding 25 or more clients of at least $4.5 million.
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Faegre opening Silicon Valley officeRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, which has a major Indianapolis presence, is opening an office on the West Coast.
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Defendant in trial over Palladium defects tries to halt repairs

June 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Attorneys for the Michigan contractor being sued over construction defects at Carmel’s Palladium concert hall have asked a Hamilton County court to stop repair work immediately to preserve evidence in the case.
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Indiana court wades into coal gas plant dispute

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to step into a legal fight between backers and opponents of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.
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NCAA wins dismissal of lawsuit over Sandusky fine

June 6, 2013
Bloomberg News
The lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett failed to show a violation of federal antitrust law, U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane said in her decision throwing out the case.
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Fraud victim says he was duped twice over land bank house

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Joseph Satterfield says he paid twice for his residence at 624 Congress Ave., but he still doesn’t have his hands on the deed to the house that was held by the Indy Land Bank.
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National mortgage settlement checks in the mail

June 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says checks totaling more than $26 million will be mailed to more than 18,000 Indiana consumers this month containing shares of the National Mortgage Settlement.
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Judge: Indiana improperly revoked gay group's license

May 31, 2013
Associated Press
The ruling Tuesday from BMV administrative judge Melissa Reynolds says the Indiana Youth Group did violate Indiana law and its contract, but the violation didn't warrant immediate revocation of the plate.
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Paterno family sues NCAA over Penn State’s Sandusky fine

May 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
In a complaint filed Thursday, the family of the deceased coach and five members of the school’s board of trustees said the Indianapolis-based NCAA improperly interfered and grossly mishandled a criminal matter outside the scope of its authority.
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Aromatherapy stores challenge Indiana's 'lookalike' law

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Four store owners say Indiana's efforts to curb "lookalike" drugs have gone too far.
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First Merchants accused of overdraft fee violations

May 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A lawsuit seeking class-action status alleges that the Muncie-based bank manipulated the timing of customers' transactions to cause their checking accounts to bounce more frequently, generating millions of dollars in overdraft fees.
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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $680K

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Fifty-three-year-old Karen Armacost of Franklin admitted to forging hundreds of checks between 2007 and 2012 from the Greenwood Orthopaedics surgical group.
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Against court orders, Conour auctioned art for $10K

May 29, 2013
Dave Stafford
Attorney William Conour, accused of defrauding clients of more than $4.5 million, has admitted to auctioning some of his art collection in an apparent violation of bond conditions.
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Mechanic sues Fisher team for alleged harassment

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A former mechanic for Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing says in a lawsuit that he was fired after he complained that a crewmate was sexually harassing him.
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Lawyers scatter as Stewart & Irwin closes doors

May 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Two law firms, including a Chicago practice opening an Indianapolis office, are scooping up attorneys from Stewart & Irwin PC as the 92-year-old local legal institution prepares to end operations.
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Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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