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Woman sentenced for illegal immigration service

July 29, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
M. Esther Barber, who is not an attorney, advertised herself to the Spanish-speaking community as a “notario” who can assist with immigration legal issues.
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Democrats appeal Indiana elections chief decision

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats on Thursday appealed a decision allowing embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White to stay in office while he fights voter fraud charges.
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State commerce chief backs right-to-work law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's chief economic development officer told state lawmakers Tuesday that Indiana has lost deals to attract businesses because it lacks a right-to-work law.
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ISTA says new teacher contract forms violate state law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association is asking a judge to block state education officials from putting new teacher contract forms for the 2011-2012 school year into use.
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Partner pay up at local law firmsRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Partners at Indianapolis’ three largest law firms—Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Baker & Daniels LLP and Ice Miller LLP—are enjoying healthy pay increases despite the tough economic times.
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State pays attorneys' fees in federal lawsuitRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Midwest Title Loans prevailed in its lawsuit against the state, will collect $440,000.
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Pro-voucher mom defends Indiana choice program

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
A woman who says her oldest child thrived in Roman Catholic schools after struggling in Indiana's public education system defended the state's broad new voucher law.
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Judge: Durham’s home-detention restrictions to continue

July 21, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge denied a request from indicted financier Tim Durham to relax the rules of his home detention. The judge also appointed a public defender for his business partner, James F. Cochran.
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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.
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Golf course manager suing DuPont over herbicide

July 19, 2011
Scott Olson
R.N. Thompson, which operates several local courses, claims the company's Imprelis herbicide caused "catastrophic tree loss." R.N. Thompson has joined a Pennsylvania resident in filing the class-action suit.
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Attorneys to get big cut of $300K OmniSource settlement

July 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An OmniSource executive says the company wouldn't have made the settlement with the Marion County prosecutor if it knew more than a third of the cash wouldn't be going to Indianapolis police for training programs.
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Fair trustee issues subpoena for Brightpoint CEO

July 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee has subpoenaed Brightpoint Inc. CEO Robert J. Laikin as it tries to recover more than $19 million Laikin's brother borrowed from the Ohio company.
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Prosecutor drops charges against OmniSource

July 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi brought stolen property charges against scrap yard operator OmniSource. But his successor, Terry Curry, said the evidence doesn't support the allegations.
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Lenders battling Broadbent legal strategyRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
Developer George P. Broadbent sold The Broadbent Co. to his wife for $50,000 in March 2010 as he faced a barrage of lawsuits threatening his control over the real estate company he co-founded in 1972. He has also transferred several properties to her.
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Shelbyville manufacturer takes on big name in tumblers

July 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Shelbyville manufacturer is seeking to cancel a trademark held by Tervis Tumbler Co., which built a $75 million business around making double-walled plastic cups.
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Lilly asks judge to reject U.K. Zyprexa case

July 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., the Indianapolis-based drugmaker whose best-selling schizophrenia medicine Zyprexa survived a patent challenge in Britain two years ago, has asked a United Kingdom judge to reject a parallel lawsuit by a generic drug company.
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Who's Who in Law - 2011

July 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
In a monthly feature that runs in the first issue of the month, through October, IBJ is identifying influential players in eight different industry categories. This month, our list draws from among the city’s finest legal minds in education, public-sector law, the judicial system and the broad swath of attorneys practicing solo and in firms of all sizes.
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Contractor wins $14.5M judgment against State Farm

July 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A Hamilton County jury sided with Joseph Radcliff in his lengthy legal battle with the insurer following a 2006 hailstorm that caused severe damage in central Indiana. State Farm accused Radcliff of fraud.
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Election panel chair's law firm donated to White

June 27, 2011
Associated Press
The state elections panel that is weighing voter fraud allegations against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White includes a Republican loosely linked to White through political contributions.
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Appeals court: Eiteljorg estate trustees breached duties

June 27, 2011
Scott Olson
A panel of state appellate court judges backed a trial court's decision, determining trustees for the estate of Harrison Eiteljorg breached their duties by failing to distribute more than $1 million to his two sons.
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Zyprexa appeal rejected by Supreme Court

June 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a bid to press a $6.8 billion class-action suit against Eli Lilly and Co. over the marketing of Zyprexa, the company’s schizophrenia treatment.
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Tomisue Hilbert settles suit over $15M policyRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Tomisue Hilbert quietly settled a 3-year-old lawsuit last month over whether a controversial life insurance policy issued in 2006 on her mother, Suzy Tomlinson, was valid, and whether the beneficiary of the policy, J.B. Carlson, committed fraud.
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Home builders close after alleged embezzlement scheme

June 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Two prominent area home builders have ceased operations after owner J. Greg Allen filed suit against two longtime executives, alleging they've been stealing from the companies for years.
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White blames transient time for voting allegations

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White on Tuesday is expected to paint a picture of a man with a complicated personal life who was essentially without a home for nearly a year when he defends himself against voter fraud allegations.
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Receiver to manage assets of Fishers money manager

June 20, 2011
Cory Schouten
A receiver will take control of assets held by Samex Capital CEO Keenan R. Hauke, a prominent Fishers money manager accused by state officials of violating securities laws.
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