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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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Church with rich history sues to shed 'historic' labelRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
The designation scotched a deal with CVS that would have funded construction of a new church at another location.
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Indiana Supreme Court won't hear Lee's Inns dispute

September 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A long-running legal battle among members of the Lee family of North Vernon over the valuation of their hotel chain has come to an end.
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JPMorgan Chase sues to foreclose on Durham mansion

September 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
The bank says Durham stopped making the required $18,329 monthly payments on the 30-year mortgage this spring.
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Daniels picks Boone County judge for Supreme Court

September 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed Boone Circuit Court Judge Steven David to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Bank suing Estridge Cos. for securities fraud

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Bank of Indiana files complaint against the home builder, alleging it failed to repay a $1 million investment due June 30. The complaint further accuses law firm Krieg DeVault LLP of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
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Former councilman indicted in strip club case

September 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Federal officials on Thursday charged a former City-County Council member in an extortion scheme to use his official position to grease the wheels for opening a strip club, taking $6,000 in exchange for the help.
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Smulyan-led firm sues backer over failed Emmis deal

September 15, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Emmis Communications Corp. CEO Jeff Smulyan’s JS Acquisition LLC is suing its one-time financier for backing out of a deal to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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UPDATE: Schrenker pleads guilty to securities fraud

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former money manager admits to bilking friends, family members and other investors out of millions of dollars before trying to fake his own death. He'll be sentenced Oct. 7.
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Defendant pleads guilty in $880M fraud case

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Florida man with ties to the founder of Indianapolis-based Williams Realty Group pleaded guilty Wednesday to running a multistate Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say left investors with up to $100 million in losses.
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Williams Realty founder pleads the Fifth in Ponzi case

September 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A former Indianapolis developer accused of luring more than a dozen Hoosiers into a $900 million Ponzi scheme invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 850 times when questioned under oath in Florida.
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Law firm moving to Carmel City Center

September 10, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP announced Friday it will move 39 employees from Keystone Crossing to a new Carmel headquarters as part of a growth plan that could include a downtown Indianapolis location.
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Former bank exec receives 22-month sentence

September 9, 2010
Robert E. Tolle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of making fraudulent bank entries while serving as a loan officer at the Indianapolis office of Evansville-based Old National Bank.
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Dan Laikin sentenced to 45 months in Lampoon fraud

September 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The sentence was short of the 60-month maximum Laikin could have received under a plea agreement worked out with federal prosecutors last fall.
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Fair Finance co-owner Cochran uses forceful defense

September 4, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's partner in a failed Akron, Ohio, company says a trustee has nothing to back up his allegations of fraud.
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Law firm says ex-Conseco director shorted it on feesRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The last man to settle with with the Carmel insurer over unpaid debt now is now being sued for not paying his legal bill.
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Lauth revival hinges on judge approving settlementRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
The deal with financial backer Inland American Real Estate Trust would leave Lauth Group with fewer properties but a more manageable debt load.
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Local economic espionage case full of intrigue

September 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The government's allegations read like a spy novel: Dr. Ke-xue "John" Huang lands a job at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences and over five years works himself into a position of trust, with access to trade secrets and processes the company has invested $300 million to develop.
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New Jersey fines Carmel company over dangerous toy

September 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Novelty International, which does business as Kipp Brothers, was ordered to pay a $54,300 fine and reimburse the state's investigative costs.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist's espionage indictment unsealed

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Indianapolis charged 45-year-old Ke-xue "John" Huang with theft and attempted theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government.
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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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Banks still cautious on commercial real estateRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Singed by the downturn, banks are winnowing real estate portfolios.
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Apartment developer S.C. Bodner sued over accessibilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The National Fair Housing Alliance and two of its member groups allege that Bodner communities in eight states including Indiana violate accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
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Plea hearing set for defendant in $880M fraud case

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
Prosecutors say 41-year-old Miami Beach resident Nevin Shapiro left at least 60 investors in Florida, Indiana and New Jersey with about $80 million in losses after his Ponzi scheme collapsed.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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