Law

Local attorney elected U.S. Libertarian Party's vice chairman

July 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Rutherford wants America's third-largest political party to make inroads by showing competence at the grassroots level of government.
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Joe Andrew to chair international law firm

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The former chairman of the Democratic party in Indiana was named co-chairman of the firm resulting from the June 9 merger of Washington, D.C.-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and United Kingdom-based Denton Wilde Sapte LLP.
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Developer George Broadbent sued for $9M by widow of co-founder

July 3, 2010
Greg Andrews
Avis Skinner alleges Broadbent isn’t making the payments he committed to when he bought out her husband's real estate interests in 2006.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds state's voter ID law

June 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Critics have argued that the law, which requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, violates the state constitution because it isn’t applied equally to all voters. Those who vote by mail don't have to prove their identity.
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FedEx wins dismissal of some claims in drivers' suit

June 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
FedEx Corp. won partial dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by contract drivers who contend they are entitled to full benefits because the company treats them as employees.
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$69M U.S. Courthouse modernization a boon for local firms

June 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
More than a dozen local companies have begun work on a three-year modernization of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in the state's largest individual project funded by the federal stimulus.
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Impact Racing wins latest court battle over safety labels

June 28, 2010
Ruling prevents industry-certification group from breaking contract with Brownsburg-based company founded by Bill Simpson.
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Hoosier firms that rely on innovation pine for patent reform

June 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
One key change would grant patents to the first inventor to file an application, not the first who can prove to have made the invention first.
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Durham attorney blasts FBI after vehicle seizures

June 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Embattled financier Tim Durham's lawyer, Larry Mackey, said the FBI should have known a bankruptcy trustee had the titles. An attorney for the trustee said investigators were aware.
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Sale of local funeral home, cemetery business finalized

June 23, 2010
Pennsylvania-based StoneMor Partners could pay up to $32 million for Memory Gardens Management Co. after trust-fund and debt obligations are made.
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Durham poised to turn over proceeds of mansion sale

June 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Beleaguered financier Tim Durham acknowledges owing millions to Fair Finance and is turning over artwork and selling assets to reduce the loan, according to an attorney overseeing the company's bankruptcy.
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Katz Sapper caught up in Simon estate battle

June 18, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
The longtime accounting firm for Simon family interests objected to subpoenas it received from Melvin Simon's daughter Deborah, saying the information requested was far too broad.
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Shelbyville man sentenced for ripping off employer

June 17, 2010
John K. Branam was sentenced to 57 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $1.6 million over four years from King’s Title & Abstract Co.in Shelbyville.
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U.S. Senate confirms Indiana's Pratt as federal judge

June 15, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
Tanya Walton Pratt is set to become Indiana's first African-American federal judge and one of four female jurists on Indiana's federal bench.
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Developer facing legal action everywhere it has built condos

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three of the four principals in Page Development were in court June 8 to sift through the fallout from a $1.35 million judgment against them. It's only the tip of Page Development's financial straits.
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Hillenbrand unit seeks to block imports of knockoff coffins

June 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Hillenbrand Inc.'s Batesville unit, the largest U.S. maker of coffins,wants the trade commission to prevent Ataudes Aguilares from selling its products in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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Curtis sues pizza chain over Rockwell painting in ad

June 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The suit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, accuses Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., of infringing the copyright to a Saturday Evening Post cover first published in 1943.
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Miller brothers who shared in fortune fighting over $3 million

June 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
J. Irwin Miller’s two sons have been battling for years over who should have paid expenses on the wealthy Columbus family’s homes and businesses, but their fight isn’t about the money—especially after they inherited at least $20 million apiece.
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Veteran attorneys Pence and Hensel leave Taft to launch own firmRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Scott Olson
Linda Pence and David Hensel will concentrate on complex civil and business disputes, as well as white-collar criminal defense work.
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Bauer requests federal probe of Bales' real estate deals

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ investigation prompts top state Democrat's letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Federal appeals judge moving chambers to Indiana

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A judge on the federal appeals court in Chicago is relocating his chambers to Indiana University's Bloomington campus.
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Former funeral director facing 14 felony charges

June 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A former Indianapolis funeral director is facing 14 felony charges for corrupt business influence, forgery and theft after a grand jury investigation.
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Cancer researcher battling Semafore in courtRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Former collaborator alleges firm breached its agreement with him and refused to pay royalty income.
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Police reviewing death of Tomisue Hilbert's mother

May 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Information that could prove her death was not an accident has surfaced during civil proceedings involving a life insurance policy.
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