Law

N.Y. attorney general sues FedEx over driver status

October 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Memphis, Tenn.-based company, which has a distribution hub in Indianapolis, says its contract-driver model is legal and was approved for tax purposes by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1994.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Firm that ignored lawsuit now paying a hefty priceRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tax-resolution firm JK Harris did not defend itself against a lawsuit and got pummeled as a result. Now, it's brought in an attorney who's trying to undo the mess.
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Indiana agency paying law firm $5.25M to sue IBM

October 20, 2010
Associated Press
Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis was hired despite several conflicts of interest arising from the fact that it also represents former IBM partners involved in the welfare deal.
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Indiana couple accuses Bank of America of racketeering

October 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Dwayne Ransom Davis and Melisa Davis accuse the lender of using “robo-signers,” people who sign affidavits attesting to facts underlying foreclosures without actual knowledge of those facts, to push through paperwork to take their home in Knightstown.
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U.S. court voids NCAA ruling, seeks help on state law

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based appeals court Monday reversed its own July ruling that said the NCAA must face a lawsuit by consumers claiming its ticket-distribution method violates Indiana law.
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Fair Finance artwork fetches more than $400,000 at auction

October 17, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
Saturday's art auction of work collected by Fair Finance co-owner Timothy Durham raised more than $400,000 — well above what the Akron company's bankruptcy trustee and even the auctioneer thought would be brought in.
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Worker suit blasts Dick's for 'chronic understaffing'Restricted Content

October 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
The case alleges the sporting goods firm broke Indiana law by requiring employees to work when they were on break and at other times they weren’t on the clock.
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Court revisits IURC ruling after agency lawyer jumps to utilityRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A Duke Energy case handled by an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission lawyer—while he jockeyed for a job with the utility—is headed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Durham art auction offers hope for Ohio investors

October 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The eclectic art collection of disgraced financier Tim Durham will hit the auction block Saturday in a sale that could help restore a small portion of the money lost by investors in Ohio's Fair Finance.
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Ruling cuts $42M award for state workers seeking back pay

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An appeals court said union workers were eligible for just a couple of months of back pay, rather than for 20 years of back pay.
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Schrenker sentenced to 10 years for securities fraud

October 7, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation sentenced Marcus Schrenker to 10 years in prison, ignoring Schrenker's claims that a lighter sentence would give him enough time to make things right.
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BMV commissioner resigns following arrest

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew J. Miller resigned Thursday, the day after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a public restroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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Indiana BMV chief arrested on indecency charge

October 6, 2010
Associated Press
Andrew J. Miller, 40, of Carmel, was arrested on a charge of public indecency about 1:30 p.m. at Claypool Court, a retail and hotel center near the Circle Centre mall, authorities said.
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Ex-IU hoops player Leary avoids prison time in fraud

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Former Indiana University basketball player Todd Leary was sentenced Monday to two years of work release or home detention followed by two years on probation. He still faces theft and burglary charges in Hamilton County in a separate case.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Legal fight over Pan Am Plaza outpaces redevelopmentRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Plaintiffs are challenging the city's 2007 decision to waive a hefty fee that otherwise would have been required to redevelop the crumbling site.
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Ex-manager accuses Butler Kia of keeping violent employeeRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A former sales manager at Butler Kia alleges a co-worker pulled a gun on employees—yet was kept on the job for several months afterward.
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Hudnut joins D.C. office of local lobbying firm

October 1, 2010
Hudnut will represent clients in federal government matters for Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based lobbying firm. The former four-term Indianapolis mayor served the city from 1976 to 1992.
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Indiana Supreme Court rulings uphold casino rights

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
The court issued a pair of split rulings bolstering the rights of casinos by ruling against a woman who said a riverboat preyed on her gambling addiction and a card counter who sued for the right to play blackjack.
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EEOC suing local hotel for race discrimination

September 30, 2010
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit against the owners of a Hampton Inn on the east side charges that the hotel treated black housekeepers unfairly.
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Court of Appeals upholds Miller estate decision

September 30, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Court of Appeals has sided with former Columbus, Ind., banker Will Miller in an estate battle launched by his older brother, Hugh. In an opinion issued Thursday, the court said Will Miller was correct to spend more than $20 million over 3-1/2 years on the upkeep of properties owned by the wealthy Columbus family.
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Local ordinance could be key in City Market discrimination flap

September 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike state and federal law, city ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. That may be enough for the city to take action against Just Cookies, which operates in City Market, for declining a request based on the customer's sexual orientation.
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Hogsett confirmed as U.S. attorney

September 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis attorney Joe Hogsett has received approval from the full Senate to be the next U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Plastic surgery firm hit with surveillance litigationRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
Former employees say Meridian Plastic Surgery Center violated their rights when it secretly recorded them in various states of undress.
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