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Lawyers in Simon estate case fight over what should be public

March 10, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
Parties disagreed over public disclosure in the first major court hearing in the dispute over how to divide the billionaire's fortune.
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Simon daughter questions using father's estate to pay donations

March 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
Pledges to St. Vincent, Indianapolis Museum of Art should be paid by trusts, foundations affiliated with Bren Simon, court papers allege.
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Dann Pecar nabbed by Ohio law firm in merger

March 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Cleveland-based Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP gains Indianapolis presence by absorbing 99-year-old local law firm with 29 lawyers.
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NCAA plans to battle counterfeiters during the men's Final Four

February 27, 2010
Scott Olson
A National Collegiate Athletic Association posse will be supplemented by local police officers in search of unlicensed T-shirts and other memorabilia.
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Intellectual property practices in law firms recovering from recessionRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Norm Heikens
Practices are beginning to thaw along with other areas of the economy.
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Bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance wades into morass of insider loans

February 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Brian Bash will need to untangle a web of related-party transactions that have befuddled nearly everyone who has tried to make sense of them.
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Millionaire lawyer jumps into Melvin Simon will fight

February 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
Mike Ciresi, who’s representing widow Bren Simon, helped win a $6 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
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Judge places Fair Finance into bankruptcy

February 19, 2010
Greg Andrews
A federal trustee will take control of the company's assets while securities-fraud probes continue.
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Pfizer's Viagra patent partially rejected in Lilly fight

February 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
The patent on impotence drug Viagra was partially rejected after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it wasn't different enough from a Chinese herb known as Horny Goat Weed. The patent was key to an infringement suit Pfizer filed in 2002 against Eli Lilly and Co. over its rival Cialis drug.
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Local lawyer appointed to lead national firm Ogletree Deakins

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kim Ebert is a veteran lawyer at the local office of the Atlanta-based firm, which has 470 lawyers in 37 locations nationwide.
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PTS sues Roche Diagnostic to end blood-monitor royalties

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Polymer Technology Systems Inc., a small Indianapolis-based maker of handheld blood monitors, has gone to court to fight a competitor more than 100 times its size: Roche Diagnostics Corp.
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Judge weighing request to unseal Fair Finance records

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge is weighing whether to unseal search-warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. following a hearing Thursday in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Fair Finance going along with appointment of receiver

February 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for the company and its parent firm denied any fraud occurred but said receivership nonetheless made sense.
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Durham-backed firm to halt trading, dissolve

February 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Dallas-based CLST Holdings Inc. has struggled, and its shares trade for a mere 9 cents apiece.
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Lawsuit could bring NCAA financials to light

February 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Lawyers for former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon are promising to expose financial information about NCAA's licensing contracts the NCAA would rather keep private.
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Fair Finance investors force company into bankruptcy

February 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
Investors in Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co. shoved the company into bankruptcy court Monday morning, a move intended to reduce the risk assets will disappear while securities fraud probes continue.
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Law firm adds historic home to campusRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun has finished a careful restoration of the Eden-Talbott House, continuing a strategy of shunning glass and steel.
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Brizzi contributor Epperly no stranger to controversy

February 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
Harrison Epperly has made a fortune in his business career, but he's also sparked controversy.
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Businesses walk fine line when supporting Colts

February 5, 2010
Scott Olson
As Super Bowl approaches, companies unaffiliated with the Colts avoid becoming victims of the NFL's strict trademark-enforcement policies by supporting the team in generic fashion.
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Ex-Indiana player Leary arrested in fraud case

February 5, 2010
Associated Press
The 39-year-old Leary was being held Friday in the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington on charges out of Allen County.
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Fair Finance investors file motion for receiver to control assets

February 4, 2010
Greg Andrews
The motion filed in an Ohio court is aimed at preventing funds from disappearing while investigations continue.
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Mississippi settles Zyprexa suit against Lilly for over $18M

February 4, 2010
Associated Press
Mississippi will receive $18.5 million from Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. as part of a settlement over claims the company promoted the anti-psychotic Zyprexa for ailments it was not federally approved to treat.
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Deborah Simon says other potential trustees have conflicts

February 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon's daughter, who's seeking to remove her stepmother from overseeing a trust that holds her late father Melvin's fortune, says a corporate trustee is a better option than brother David Simon or family financial adviser Bruce Jacobson.
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Melvin Simon's daughter seeks to oust Bren as trustee

February 1, 2010
Greg Andrews
Deborah Simon is seeking the removal of her stepmother and appointment of a corporate trustee while her lawsuit challenging changes to the late billionaire's will plays out. The move is the latest salvo in an escalating battle over an estate that could be worth $2 billion.
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Fair Finance investors aim ire at U.S. attorney

January 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
Ohio residents who put money into Tim Durham's company want the U.S. Attorney's Office to seize his and the company's assets.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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