Law

Criminal-sentencing overhaul may get tougher on pot

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
Tougher marijuana possession and dealing penalties could be added to a proposed overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws by legislators after Gov. Mike Pence questioned whether the plan was strict enough on low-level drug offenders.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds school voucher program

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools. The decision paves the way for a possible expansion of the program.
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Court may decide if drugmakers can pay to delay generics

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines.
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HHGregg manager sues over company's denial of bonuses

March 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Dwain Underwood charges the retailer should have included in its bonus calculations a $40 million life insurance payout it collected after executive chairman Jerry Throgmartin died last year.
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WTHR chief hit with discrimination lawsuit

March 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The former executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13 President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group.
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Fishers man faces federal wire fraud charges

March 22, 2013
A Fishers man has been charged with wire fraud in an alleged scheme to defraud area organizations and businesses of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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White blames Brizzi for his voter fraud conviction

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White said in court documents Thursday that his attorney didn't mount any defense to protect him from the conviction that forced him from office.
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Scrap industry backs regulation of oft-stolen items

March 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indiana Senate committee on Tuesday approved House Bill 1441, which would make it illegal to sell air-conditioner coils or catalytic converters without proof of ownership.
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Purdue moving to trim its federal lobbying costs

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University is planning to trim its federal lobbying costs and downsize its Washington, D.C., office by cutting ties with an outside lobbying firm.
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Klein named dean of IU McKinney School of Law

March 19, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Andrew R. Klein will replace retiring dean, Gary Roberts, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in July.
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Indiana excise police find 80 minors at Indy bar

March 17, 2013
Associated Press
Officers from the Indiana State Excise Police and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Nuisance Abatement Unit raided the Early Bird Bar & Grill on the city's northwest side early Sunday morning.
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ITT fights to stem tumbling enrollmentRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
A federal investigation and a shareholder lawsuit are the latest headwinds to threaten ITT Educational Services Inc., which is trying to reverse a precipitous decline in enrollment.
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Judge says bank can pursue suit against broker

March 15, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge granted Peoples Bank a victory Thursday by ruling that it can sue Stifel Nicolaus & Co. on its claims that the broker violated the Indiana Securities Act and committed fraud.
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Gerdt Furniture owners embroiled in $4M court fight

March 14, 2013
Scott Olson
A family dispute involving the owners of Gerdt Furniture & Interiors Inc. has led to a lawsuit accusing them of owing nearly $4 million in unpaid rent and loans.
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Church's refusal to install headstone sparks lawsuit

March 10, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana woman who wanted to honor her late husband with a headstone that captured his interests in sports and the outdoors is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Properties Inc. for refusing to install it.
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Ice Miller finds utility in Kay Pashos' executive pastRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Member of firm's emerging energy practice was once president of PSI Energy.
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Two local attorneys facing criminal charges

March 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry has filed charges against two Indianapolis lawyers following grand jury investigations, his office announced Friday afternoon.
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Lawsuit claims BMV overcharged Indiana residents by millions

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
A newly-filed lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles of "systematically" overcharging state residents by tens of millions of dollars for driver's licenses.
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Judge turns away challenge to smoking ordinance

March 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge has denied a challenge by bar owners to a smoking ordinance passed last year by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council.
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Lampoon: Durham used $1M from company to pay attorney

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Film company once headed by Indianapolis financier Tim Durham says he transferred $1 million to his Indianapolis lawyer, John Tompkins, while fighting federal securities fraud charges.
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Lilly sues Genentech to invalidate Erbitux-related patents

March 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. has sued Roche Holding AG’s Genentech unit, asking a court to invalidate patents used to make treatments for cancer and autoimmune diseases.
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Tangle with Huntington Bank could fell ‘Peanut King’Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
The company, which roasts nuts and sells concession equipment, filed for bankruptcy to stave off Huntington National Bank, which had filed to foreclose on its real estate.
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Settlement talks set for Don Marsh severance dispute

March 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and its former CEO will meet Monday on the issue of whether Don Marsh should have to repay the roughly $2.1 million in severance he received from the company.
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Senate OKs bill to stop undercover video at farms, plants

February 27, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to take unauthorized pictures or video of operations at a manufacturing or farming business.
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Carmel family members accused of securities fraud

February 26, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indiana securities division accuses Charles Blackwelder, Chad Blackwelder and Cara Grumme of defrauding elderly investors in a scheme to sell ownership interests in rental properties.
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