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Officials: Fair Finance largest fraud case in state's history

March 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indictment_WatchVideoTimothy S. Durham (pictured at far left), James F. Cochran and Rick D. Snow were all arrested on Wednesday following a grand jury indictment.
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BREAKING: Durham, two other executives indicted for fraud

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. have been indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a complaint against the men in federal court.
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Decade-old Heartland fraud case nearing end

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The receiver appointed in the case is distributing the last of $2.6 million in assets he recovered from the $29 million investors lost in the Ponzi scheme.
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Product delays thwart $40M Roche purchase

March 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Delays getting new diabetes meters into the U.S. market appear to have tripped up Roche Diagnostics Corp. on its way to acquiring a key software vendor.
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Regulatory overload is community banks' next big hurdle

March 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Banks across Indiana are preparing for a deluge of new regulations that will cut into their bottom lines, make their businesses more complex and, in some cases, force them to consolidate.
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Purdue case highlights costs of defending intellectual propertyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
A complicated legal case about trade secrets points up a down side to the success Indiana’s research universities have had turning their research into revenue: Large legal bills can eat much of the money.
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Antitrust lawsuit threatens 'essence' of NCAARestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A former Rice University football player argues that one-year limits on athletic scholarships is a “blatant price-fixing agreement” between the NCAA and its member schools.
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Local business accused of selling illegal immigration services

March 9, 2011
The Indiana Attorney General's Office filed suit Wednesday against The Mexican Civic Association of Indiana Inc. for allegedly offering immigration advice without a license to practice law.
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Virginia not-for-profit suing Duke Realty for $30M

March 9, 2011
Military think tank CNA claims Duke Realty breached its obligations as landlord by selling land in Alexandria to the Department of Defense, which plans to build a bomb-inspection facility on the site.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Sarah Evans Barker won't stop

March 9, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Barker_WatchVideoHow did Indiana's first female federal judge go from clueless student to the bench? Would she be a good fit for the Supreme Court? When will she retire? Sarah Evans Barker presents her findings.
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Prosecutors seek another probe involving White

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana inspector general to investigate whether indicted Secretary of State Charlie White improperly accessed a report detailing evidence of alleged voter fraud against him.
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Junior Achievement says ex-CEO acted soloRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Junior Achievement’s attorneys paint the not-for-profit's ex-CEO as something of a renegade to bolster their defense in an ongoing lawsuit by another former executive.
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Ball State seeks leader to implement Innovation Corp. planRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ball State University is conducting a nationwide search for a president to lead a not-for-profit it launched to boost the commercialization of the university’s intellectual property.
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Brightpoint suing software vendor for negligence

March 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The local distributor of wireless phones has filed suit against Massachusetts-based Emptoris Inc., and is looking to recoup millions of dollars it paid the company in addition to the amount it says it spent trying to fix the problem.
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U.S. fines 3 theater companies over child labor

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Operators of three of the nation's biggest movie theater chains have paid more than $277,000 in federal fines over allegations that they violated child-labor laws, the Labor Department announced Tuesday.
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Dow Chemical moves toward engineered corn patent

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Dow Chemical Co.'s agricultural division said it has taken the next step toward gaining international patent rights for its new strain of genetically engineered corn that it says will help farmers battle a new strain of "super-weeds."
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Congress takes up major change in patent law

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
Congress has been trying for well over a decade to rewrite patent law, only to be thwarted by the many interested parties.
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Local lawyer's connection to the greats runs deep

February 26, 2011
Scott Olson
What do Johnny Unitas, Vince Lombardi and Babe Ruth have in common? Indianapolis intellectual property attorney Jonathan Faber.
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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ChaCha sues Taiwanese company for trademark infringement

February 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., operator of an online question-and-answer site, sued Taiwanese company HTC Corp. for trademark infringement over the planned introduction of a smartphone called the ChaCha.
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Barnes & Thornburg expands into Los Angeles

February 25, 2011
The opening of an office on the West Coast continues the Indianapolis-based law firm's expansion into other major markets.
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Broadband provider's legal fight escalates

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana-based Omnicity Corp. has filed countersuits against the owners of two companies it acquired who are charging in court that Omnicity failed to fully pay them for the acquisitions.
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Indiana official out of job after 'live ammo' tweet

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana deputy attorney general "is no longer employed" by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he tweeted that police should use live ammunition against Wisconsin labor protesters, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims

February 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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