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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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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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