Law

Sparks fly at Simon estate hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Details of years of squabbling between family members of the shopping mall magnate Mel Simon have begun to emerge in a court battle over the late billionaire's estate.
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President nominates Hogsett for U.S. Attorney

July 14, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
The White House has chosen an Indianapolis labor and employment attorney to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Purdue steps up efforts to halt illegal downloads

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires schools to fight illegal distribution of copyrighted material and educate campus communities about the issue. Schools that don't comply risk losing their eligibility for federal student aid.
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Trustee sues real estate exec for $115M

July 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
The founder of an Indianapolis real estate firm is accused of preying on longtime friends to help a Miami man perpetrate a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Sydney “Jack” Williams persuaded more than a dozen Indiana investors to lend millions of dollars at high interest rates to a food brokerage firm called Capitol Investments USA Inc.
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Challenging job market trips up new attorneysRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
It’s a tough time to be starting in the profession when established lawyers struggle to keep up their practices and client lists.
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Secondary lender sues Chase over fire sale

July 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. alleges breach of contract after JP Morgan Chase auctioned off assets of American Sentry Guard of Greenwood.
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Ex-owner of cemeteries gets prison time

July 8, 2010
Associated Press
Robert Nelms, ex-owner of cemeteries in four states, including Indiana, has been sentenced to between 32 months and 10 years in prison for embezzling $4.2 million from a Grand Rapids cemetery.
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Former loan officer charged with falsifying documents

July 6, 2010
Prosecutors say Robert Tolle falsified a construction progress inspection report while at Old National Bank. He faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence and $1 million fine.
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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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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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