Law

Truck stop mogul says he didn't know of fuel-rebate issues

May 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a speech in Indianapolis, embattled truck stop CEO and Cleveland Browns owner James Haslam took the blame for a lack of oversight in his fuel-sales rebate program, which is the subject of a federal investigation.
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Indianapolis couple charged with mail fraud

May 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
George Bowman, 43, and Traci L. Bowman, 42, are accused of falsifying purchase records and fraudulently filing insurance claims for expensive construction equipment they never purchased.
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State unlikely to act on push for lower booze level for driving

May 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Federal officials are recommending that states reduce the amount of alcohol people can drink and still get behind the wheel. But a key state lawmaker says that's not likely to happen in Indiana.
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National fraternities face more legal risk after court ruling

May 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
An Indiana appeals court ruling regarding the death of a Wabash College freshman may force national fraternities to take more responsibility for misconduct at chapter houses.
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Leader of fraud scheme sentenced to 4-plus years

May 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Michael Russell, 54, pleaded guilty in January to 20 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme involving former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Paul Bateman.
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UPDATE: Brizzi lieutenant agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

May 13, 2013
Cory Schouten
David Wyser, the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was charged with bribery for his role in the early release of a woman convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
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High court rules against Indiana farmer in patent case

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has sustained Monsanto Co.'s claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
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Lawsuit threatens NCAA's amateur business model

May 11, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
On June 20, a California federal court will determine if an antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon—who argues he should’ve been paid for the use of his likeness on game broadcasts and in EA Sports video games—can become a class action.
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Ruling keeps church ensnared in life insurance nightmareRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge has slapped down an Anderson church that attempted to blame its bank for a failed scheme to finance church upgrades by buying life insurance policies on its elderly members.
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Scam artist receives 34 years for home-sale scheme

May 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Shela Amos, 57, led victims in Indianapolis to believe they were legitimately purchasing vacant homes that Amos did not actually own.
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Pence signs sentencing, IEDC-transparency bills

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed three bills into law Tuesday, one involving government transparency in economic development deals, one related to school safety and another overhauling criminal sentencing.
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Judge grants class status to lawsuit against BMV

May 6, 2013
Associated Press
As many as 4 million Indiana drivers could become plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has overcharged for driver's licenses since 2007.
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Assets of attorney in fraud case have gone missing, feds say

May 3, 2013
Dave Stafford
After being charged with defrauding clients, Indianapolis attorney William Conour was ordered not to dispose of his personal property. But much of it is now missing, including art, furniture, sports memorabilia and bottles of expensive champagne, according to court filings.
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Trial date set in Carmel's lawsuit on Palladium construction

May 1, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The 2-year-old complaint concerns defects to steel supports discovered during construction of the city's signature concert hall.
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Attorneys rev engines on racing circuits for relaxation

May 1, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Lawyers are traditionally known as hard-chargers, but these Indianapolis attorneys spend their weekends jockeying for position as pro- and semipro-level auto racers.
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More franchisees join revolt over Steak n Shake menu pricing

May 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Three franchise owners filed suit last month against Steak n Shake, including two on the same day, challenging the company's policy that they say prohibits them from setting their own menu prices.
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Grifter gets 19 months for fraud that hit Indy firms

April 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Despite her dramatic pleas to a federal judge on Tuesday, Dina Wein Reis, who defrauded corporations out of millions of dollars, will go to prison.
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Fair Finance investors still empty-handed as trustee plows on

April 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many of the defendants pursued by Brian Bash and his team have few, if any, assets. And those that do have the wherewithal to fight litigation for years.
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Former Deloitte leader joins Krieg DeVault firmRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Michael Becher, a longtime managing partner of Deloitte LLP’s Indianapolis office, has joined the Krieg DeVault LLP law firm as an adviser.
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Overhaul of sentencing laws heading to governor

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate voted 34-15 on Friday in favor of the bill aimed at sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison.
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Lilly suing J&J for patent rights in Alzheimer's drug race

April 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. is seeking to revoke a patent held by a Johnson & Johnson unit, arguing at a London court it might delay availability of a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
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WTHR exec accused of discrimination lands new gig

April 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WTHR's John Cardenas, who was recently accused of sexual discrimination by his former executive assistant, has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group, the station's parent company.
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Contractor pleads guilty to fraud involving FBI building

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
An Ohio man has admitted to defrauding more than $225,000 from contractors involved in FBI building projects in Indianapolis and Knoxville, Tenn.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Allegations add ugly chapter to Meadows renaissanceRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office late last month charged the former executive director of the Meadows Community Foundation with corrupt business influence and seven counts of theft.
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