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Daniels endorses findings of criminal code review

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Sweeping changes proposed for Indiana's criminal sentencing system won the endorsement Wednesday of Gov. Mitch Daniels, who said that if lawmakers enact the changes they would hold down the state's ballooning prison population and save taxpayer money.
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Hillenbrand wins ban of knockoff coffins from Mexico

December 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday that Ataudes Aguilares will be barred from bringing in caskets with attached memorabilia compartments, which Batesville-based Hillenbrand has patented.
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Former Allison executive alleges bribery

December 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Stephen Lowe, a former Allison Transmission managing director based in Shanghai, claims the company booted him from a top post in China because he raised concerns about bribery.
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Whistleblower suit cites Rolls-Royce engine flaws

December 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
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Cosmopolitan apartment fire prompts lawsuit

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The insurer for Indiana Landmarks is suing developer Flaherty & Collins, claiming negligence in a blaze that partially destroyed the apartment project and damaged the not-for-profit's adjacent headquarters.
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Indiana church financier gets 54 years for Ponzi scheme

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
A judge sentenced 66-year-old Vaughn Reeves to 54 years in prison during a court hearing Tuesday in Sullivan. A jury convicted him in October on nine counts of securities fraud.
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Nursing home firm to pay $376K in Medicaid case

December 6, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a nursing home company will pay $376,000 to the state and federal governments over accusations that it submitted ineligible bills to Medicaid.
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Tabbert Hahn lawyers joining Bose McKinney

December 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Bose McKinney will take nine lawyers, including name partners Gregory Hahn and Robert Weddle, from smaller law firm that will dissolve near the end of the year.
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Republic sues website operator over airline gift cards

December 6, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and its Frontier Airlines unit filed a trademark-infringement case against the operator of a website offering gift cards as consumer incentives.
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Simon Property offers to settle dispute over widow's stake

December 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has offered to settle a lawsuit with Bren Simon by cashing out 6.5 million partnership units her late husband Melvin held in the giant shopping mall developer.
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Menard lawsuit entangles businessmen Hilbert, Dick

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Conseco executives Steve Hilbert and Rollin Dick are caught in a bitter legal battle between billionaire hardware king John Menard and his ex-fiancee.
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Ice Miller elects new chief managing partner

December 2, 2010
Phillip L. Bayt assumes leadership of the firm, which also elected two new deputy managing partners. Bayt currently chairs Ice Miller's real estate practice.
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State lawmakers face tough choices over prison costs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will swim rough political waters next year when deciding whether to spend millions more on overcrowded prisons or reducing prison sentences and being seen as soft on crime.
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Simon widow's attorneys want judge to step down

November 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Bren Simon turned their ire toward a Hamilton County judge on Tuesday, asking him to recuse himself from a legal battle over real estate magnate Melvin Simon's $2 billion estate.
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Judge denies motion to dismiss school funding suit

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools say the school formula violates the state constitution's requirement for "general and uniform" public education funding because districts get different per-pupil amounts.
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Celebrity lawyer Roy Black tapped in Durham criminal probe

November 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham says he’s ruined financially, but he’s not cutting corners lining up legal firepower to defend himself. Durham has hired famed criminal defense attorney Roy Black of Miami, lawyers representing the Indianapolis financier in civil litigation confirmed.
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Senior staffer settles retaliation lawsuit with IMARestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A longtime senior manager at the Indianapolis Museum of Art has retired—the result of a settlement in a retaliation lawsuit she filed earlier this month.
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Phase 10 inventor folds in dispute over top-selling card game

November 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The inventor of the world's second-best-selling card game has settled a lawsuit with Fundex Games, the Plainfield company that markets and distributes Phase 10.
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Federal Home Loan Bank suing major playersRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis has filed suit against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase, to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
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Controversy engulfs Devington community groupRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Devington Community Development Corp. tried to tackle a host of neighborhood ills before closing its doors this month. But the agency also was embroiled in disputes with a local minister and its landlord.
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Allison Transmission, key supplier continue court battleRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The dispute reached a boiling point early this year when the supplier, Allison’s sole supplier of bonded piston seals, threatened to stop shipping.
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Man gets 40-year sentence for lawmaker attack

November 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A man found guilty but mentally ill for an attack on Indiana state Rep. Ed. DeLaney was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday.
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Bankruptcy trustee sues Durham art bidders

November 18, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
A Florida art dealer who successfully bid more than $260,000 on artwork that once belonged to Fair Finance Co. co-owner Timothy Durham says he canceled the sale. Now he and another big bidder from Philadelphia are being sued by Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash for nonpayment.
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Inventor files suit against local printing business

November 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lawsuit alleges Harding Poorman Group shorted former Discom Technologies owner a percentage of sales after it acquired his company.
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Court upholds Lilly patent on cancer drug Alimta

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge on Monday upheld Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent on the cancer drug Alimta, protecting the compound until July 2016. It was a welcome win after a difficult few months for Indianapolis-based Lilly, which is facing a wave of patent expirations in coming years.
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