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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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Fair Finance investors fear money is disappearing

January 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Ohio residents who attended investor meeting say recovering funds hinges on locking down assets that remain.
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Durham yacht up for sale; asking price $4.8 million

January 26, 2010
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis financier Tim Durham's famed 98-foot yacht is up for sale for $4.8 million. Durham has been selling some of his holdings in recent months as financial pressures have intensified after the FBI raided his offices in Indiana and Ohio.
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Simon Property Group enters dispute over founder's fortune

January 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is suing Bren Simon, the widow of company founder Melvin Simon, over her effort to convert part of her late husband's ownership stake in the publicly traded mall giant into common shares or cash.
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Simon says husband's shrinking fortune spurred new will

January 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Bren Simon says in a new court filing that her billionaire husband Mel Simon granted her a bigger share of his fortune in the last year of his life because of alarm over Simon Property Group's plunging stock price and a sharp cut in its cash dividend.
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Former attorney sentenced in fraud case

January 20, 2010
A former attorney who pleaded guilty to mail fraud has been sentenced to three years probation for submitting inflated bids on foreclosed homes to the company for which he worked and pocketing the difference.
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