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BREAKING: Jury finds Premier's White guilty

August 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Marion County jury this evening found Christopher P. White guilty of three Class C felonies related to a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year in a last-ditch attempt to save his locally based development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Dodson Group CFO to plead guilty to wire fraud

August 18, 2009
Scott Olson
A former chief financial officer for The Dodson Group has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud after admitting to stealing $422,539 from the Indianapolis-based firm.
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Developer's fraud trial enters second day

August 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
Marion County prosecutors this morning began making their case that Christopher P. White knowingly wrote a bad check for $500,000 last year in a desperate attempt to save his Indianapolis-based development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Cemetery owner to plead guilty to theft, fraud

July 30, 2009
Scott Olson
A cemetery owner set to go on trial Monday has agreed to plead guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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ALTOM: Technology moves too fast for law to keep upRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Tim Altom
Technologists don’t usually give the law a basketful of respect. From our point of view, the law is struggling frantically to stay within a hundred yards of our bleeding edge. By the time the law gets around to speaking on a technical subject, the subject may not even exist anymore.
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Hilbert in-law's life insurance dispute takes odd turn

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Local businessman J.B. Carlson contends the $15 million life insurance policy he took out on Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law was legitimate, because she served on his firm’s board and was a key decision-maker. The mother-in-law, Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson, died at age 74 last September—just 32 months after the policy was issued.
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Noblesville man sentenced for mortgage fraud

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A Noblesville man was sentenced to one year of home detention yesterday after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud in federal court. Marvin G. Hampton also was ordered to pay $262,424.76 in restitution to three lending institutions.
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Local firms recognized for pro bono work

July 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Led by Baker & Daniels LLP, Indianapolis' three largest law firms are recognized in the July issue of The American Lawyer magazine for their pro bono work.
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Carson vs. Chrysler, round oneRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, is taking on General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. in the name of crash victims.
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Cummins sues insurers over $381M in flood claimsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Cummins Inc. is battling its insurers in court, saying they're refusing to pay most of the company's $381 million in claims stemming from the flood that immersed its southern Indiana facilities a year ago.
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ABEL: End in sight for 'pig in a poke' hourly billing by law firmsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Arend Abel
Fed up with excessive fees, some clients have started demanding alternatives to the tried-and-true methods, such as "value-based legal services."
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Despite what you might think, lawyers are compartatively scarce in IndianaRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Scott Olson
Only North and South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have smaller proportions of lawyers within their working populations. Experts point to the state's shrinking base of corporate HQs, the exodus of law school graduates, and a less litigious climate overall.
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Pets, often overlooked in wills, are getting more attentionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
While most people consider their family members and funeral costs in estate planning, many overlook their babies who happen to have four legs, a tail, feathers or even scales. A pet trust is a good solution.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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Ice Miller still in merger talks with Louisville law firmRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
The city's third-largest law firm is poised to tie the knot with Kentucky's Greenebaum Doll & McDonald. But differences in the way the firms compensate partners are taking longer than expected to sort out.
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Judge slams law firm Bose over 'misrepresentations' in Red Spot caseRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Greg Andrews
Bose McKinney & Evans' defense of an Evansville company in a high-stakes environmental-contamination lawsuit has degenerated into a fiasco, with a federal judge sanctioning both the client Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co. and law firm and ordering each to pay half the plaintiff's legal bills.
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Indiana logs more complaints against collectors as pressure mounts to make debtors pay upRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Sam Stall
A lot of people owe money these days, and some of the agencies hired to pursue them are resorting to old- school tactics to collect. Things like calling at all hours, threatening to have debtors jailed or fired, or employing abusive language.
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Lauth granted reprieveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge has given Lauth Group Inc. a reprieve from an equity investor that is seeking to take control of most of the developer's properties.
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IPL wins retiree benefit disputeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light could have been on the hook for more than $100 million in retirement benefits, but a ruling this month by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission allows IPL to keep the money.
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Eight former employees who say firings were racially motivated agree to $2.75M settlement from LotteryRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Hoosier Lottery has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight black former employees who claim racial discrimination motivated their firing four years ago.
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Dan Laikin on sidelines as others admit guilt in stock-manipulation schemeRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin finds himself in the awkward spot of denying wrongdoing at the same time the three men accused of conspiring with him in a stock-manipulation scheme are admitting guilt.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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