Law

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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NFL must face antitrust suits, U.S. high court rules

May 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The lawsuit involved the National Football League's agreement with Adidas AG's Reebok, which employs 950 people at a manufacturing plant on the east side of Indianapolis.
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AARP backs retirees in court fight over IPL benefits plan

May 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The AARP says IPL "perverted" a promise to its retirees regarding post-retirement benefits. The retirees have appealed their case to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Indiana Supreme Court turns to Twitter

May 18, 2010
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Court-watchers can get legal updates in 140-character bursts instead of 140-page legal documents detailing court business. Indeed, times are changing.
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IPL settles $190M dispute, resumes wind farm project

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light tilted at wind farm developer by terminating its contract. Now a new agreement avoids the potential $190 million in damages enXco sought against the local utility.
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Indianapolis law firms raising rates again

May 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Recession's over. Time for law firms to get cracking on raising rates again. As was the case before the recession, the increases are outstripping inflation.
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Dean of IU's Indianapolis law school hopes to end campus confusionRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Norm Heikens
Just about everyone thinks the Indianapolis law school is a branch of the one in Bloomington. It isn't, and Gary Roberts says confusion reigns as a result.
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Lender lawsuits seek millions from Broadbent owner

May 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Two new lawsuits stemming from Broadbent Co.’s financial problems charge company President George Broadbent defaulted on loans and owes more than $2.6 million.
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FBI combs through records on Brizzi deals

May 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is collecting records on an Elkhart real estate deal and an Indianapolis drug case, both involving Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and defense attorney Paul Page.
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Bren Simon lashes out over 'wrongfully removed' medical log

May 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
Widow alleges in a new court filing that a former nurse aide for Melvin Simon stole a confidential medical log and unlawfully turned it over to attorneys representing one of Simon's children from a previous marriage.
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Local funeral home operator in Michigan jail

May 10, 2010
Robert Nelms will spend at least a month in jail until the sale of Memory Gardens Management Corp. is complete. He is awaiting sentencing in Michigan and faces up to three years in prison.
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Judge rejects controversial Guidant plea agreement

May 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The deal included a $296 million criminal fine, but no charges against executives who failed to properly report problems with the company's defibrillators.
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Knauf Insulation sues NatCity over $8M investment lossRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
One of Shelby County's largest employers is suing NatCity Investments Inc. to try to recover nearly $8 million in losses on auction-rate securities. Knauf Insulation filed suit in Shelby Superior Court in March, saying NatCity should repay the money in accordance with a settlement the bank reached with federal regulators in March 2009.
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Fraud scheme nets Indianapolis man 15 years in Texas

May 4, 2010
Louis Simpson bilked investors of $948,500 by claiming to operate a program with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Sale of Memory Gardens restores $20M in trust funds

April 30, 2010
Acquisition by Indianapolis-based funeral home and cemetery business by Pennsylvania-based company will preserve funds depleted by former owner.
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Taft takes four patent lawyers from Bose McKinney

April 30, 2010
Scott Olson
The highest-profile addition is Jim Coles, a veteran lawyer who will co-lead his new firm's intellectual property practice.
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Memory Gardens manager sought $3.2M, awarded $175,000

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
A Johnson County judge approved the reduced amount, which was agreed upon during mediation. The settlement brings funeral home and cemetery business a step closer to being sold.
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