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Indy lawyer pays $371,000 to settle Fair Finance lawsuit

March 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's bankruptcy trustee says attorney Stephen Plopper and his wife are paying the full amount due under a loan that matured in 2006.
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Second whistleblower joins suit against Rolls-Royce

March 31, 2011
Associated Press
A second person has joined a lawsuit alleging Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an Indianapolis aircraft engine plant and fired workers for reporting problems.
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Judge unseals some Fair Finance raid records

March 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
Still under wraps is the the FBI affidavit in support of the Fair Finance search warrant. Prosecutors contend releasing that "would greatly prejudice the criminal case."
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Zimmer goes on offensive against lawyers

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Warsaw-based maker of orthopedic implants has filed suit to stop a Detroit-area law firm from making allegedly false claims and using its trademarks on websites designed to attract plaintiffs to sue Zimmer over one of its knee-replacement implants called NexGen.
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Fair Finance trustee renews call for return of political donations

March 28, 2011
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy has renewed a call for recipients of political contributions from accused Ponzi schemer Tim Durham to return the tainted cash after a federal grand jury indicted Durham on 12 felony counts.
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Another suit filed in Emmis, financier dispute

March 28, 2011
Emmis Communications Corp. is accusing Alden Global Capital, which once backed Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's attempt to take the company private, of violating the "short-swing rule." This is the third suit involving the parties since Smulyan called off the move last year.
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Feds go after Fair Finance CFO, despite murkier motive

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Unlike the other defendants, Fair Finance executive Rick Snow isn’t accused of tapping the company for a bevy of loans, then failing to repay the money.
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Brightpoint settles lawsuit with vendor

March 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The distributor of wireless phones agreed to drop its complaint, which accused a Massachusetts software provider of fraud and negligence in addition to breaching its agreement and warranty.
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Durham's ex-wife explains bond for indicted financier

March 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Joan SerVaas issued a written statement saying she and her father signed off on a $1 million bond because they're confident Tim Durham will continue to cooperate with federal authorities and abide by the conditions of his release.
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Formstack stuck in suit by Oklahoma tech firm

March 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Online form builder says a lawsuit from Tulsa-based MacroSolve Inc. against it and three other tech firms is without merit.
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Indicted financier Durham ordered released on $1M bond

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
A federal magistrate in California has ordered a former Indiana businessman accused in a $200 million fraud scheme released on $1 million bond.
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EEOC: Local bar fired worker over pregnancy

March 21, 2011
The federal agency is suing the owner of the Wild Beaver Saloon in Broad Ripple for allegedly firing an employee because of her pregnancy, which violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Ex-Countrymark CEO clamors for conviction reversal

March 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
David Swanson, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for skimming $2.7 million from CountryMark in 2003, was in court in Indianapolis last week, trying to get his sentence reduced or conviction overturned.
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Indiana senator returning cash from troubled financier

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana state senator is returning campaign contributions from Timothy Durham, a former Indianapolis businessman charged with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of more than $200 million.
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Convictions likely in federal Fair Finance case

March 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Defense attorneys representing indicted businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. could have a hard time convincing a jury to find them innocent. Federal prosecutors won 94.1 percent of their cases in 2009.
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Westfield businessman jailed for tax evasion

March 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said Joseph Hinshaw, 57, under-reported his income from 2003 to 2007 to avoid taxes and to obtain federal and state student loans.
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Fair Finance investors likely to recover little money

March 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Authorities say Fair Finance, led by indicted businessman Tim Durham, owes 5,200 investors $230 million. But they're likely to recoup just a "teeny-tiny" fraction.
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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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