Law

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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Former Star columnist suing newspaper

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Susan Guyett, who wrote the Talk of Our Town column, claims the newspaper discriminated against her on the basis of age when she was let go from her job in 2008.
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Prosecutor's Office missed deadline on $273K in seized OmniSource cash

April 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department likely will have to return more than $273,000 in cash seized as part of a racketeering investigation after the Marion County Prosecutor's Office missed a civil forfeiture deadline.
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Penrod Society thief sentenced to five years

April 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Superior Court Judge Stanley Kroh sentenced Brandon Benker to three years in prison and two years in a Community Corrections program, in which he may be assigned to work release or home detention. Benker stole more than $380,000 from the group in 2008.
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Judge rejects Guidant's defibrillator plea deal

April 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
A federal judge has rejected Guidant Corp.'s guilty plea to charges it hid defects in heart defibrillators, after some doctors and patients complained about the $296 million deal.
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Anderson tech firm One Number files patent suit against GoogleRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson firm that provides a “one number” service that rings all of a client’s phones has filed suit against Web giant Google, alleging Google Voice infringes on two of its patents.
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Revised Mel Simon estate suit calls Bren 'abusive'

April 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah is lashing out at her stepmother Bren in a new court filing, saying  she was “mentally and verbally abusive” toward the billionaire late in his life and kept him isolated from friends and family.
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ITT Educational altered test scores, ex-employee's suit says

April 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
Former director says he saw employees give passing scores to students who had failed entrance exams, raise their grades and alter their attendance records so they would continue to receive U.S. financial aid.
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Tomisue Hilbert investigates mother's death, $15M insurance policy

April 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The wife of Indianapolis businessman Steve Hilbert is working with a team of attorneys to determine whether her deceased mother’s estate can claim the benefit of a life insurance policy issued by Houston-based American General Life Insurance Co.
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Brizzi ordered dismissal in trespassing case

April 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Another case has surfaced in which Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi personally weighed in to the benefit of defense attorney Paul Page, Brizzi’s friend and business partner.
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Live Nation seeks dismissal of Murat lawsuit

April 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Beverly Hills, Calif.-based entertainment company says lease gives it the right to change venue's name to Old National Centre.
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Failed developer of French Lick casino sues Cook exec

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson is target of complaint that charges he and others violated federal racketeering laws by serving on an entity that recommended a team that included Bill Cook to develop the French Lick Resort project.
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Simon mansion in Bel Air on market for $50M

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The 20,000-square-foot estate is in the ritzy neighborhood's most prestigious area, and boasts eight bedrooms and 16 bathrooms.
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Judge OKs sale of cemetery, funeral home company

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Pennsylvania company is one step closer to purchasing the Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., whose former owner pleaded guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Ex-race car driver loses appeal on Porsche ownership

April 13, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation Inc. is the rightful owner of a classic 1979 Porsche on display at its Hall of Fame Museum.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Dan Laikin for $19M

April 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
The suit against Laikin, a longtime friend of Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham, is the first major legal move to untangle the morass of related-party loans that propelled the company into insolvency.
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Hilbert in-law's insurance fraud trial set for October

April 12, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As IBJ reported last year, Houston-based American General Life Insurance Company is attempting to invalidate a $15 million policy it issued in January 2006 insuring the life of Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson—Conseco Inc. co-founder Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law—who died Sept. 28, 2008, at age 74.
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Path to Fair Finance funds full of detours, roadblocksRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
The troubles at U.S. Rubber Reclaiming demonstrate the challenges a bankruptcy trustee faces in trying to recover money for investors.
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Louisiana gets $20M in Lilly drug settlement

April 7, 2010
Associated Press
Louisiana was one of 13 states that filed individual suits in state courts over allegations that Lilly pushed Zyprexa for uses that had not been approved by federal regulators.
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Massa says office 'should inspire public confidence, not public cynicism'

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has said he has no plans to resign, despite Mark Massa's call Wednesday morning for him to step down. Brizzi will be eligible for a public pension if he finishes his second term Dec. 31.
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Four charged with income tax fraud

April 7, 2010
A business owner and three people allegedly involved in a large mortgage fraud scheme face prison sentences for failing to report income or file certain tax forms.
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Massa calls on Brizzi to resign

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mark Massa, former general counsel for Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor, calls on Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, to step down in the wake of an IBJ investigation.
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Fishers company agrees to pay $5.5M in concrete case

April 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Builder's Concrete & Supply will pay the amount as part of a larger $60 million settlement lawyers reached with seven companies accused of fixing concrete prices.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

April 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.
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