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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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TechPoint to focus on IT firms specializing in medical, life sciences sectorsRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Long tracking the emergence of information technology firms involved in the health and life sciences sector, the state’s IT trade group, TechPoint, is undergoing a mitosis of sorts to help fuel the trend. It has created Advancing Life Science & Health Care Information Technology, or ALHIT, which will focus on growing this subset of the IT realm.
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Concrete firm agrees to pay $29M in price-fixing case

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A lawyer says Irving Materials Inc. has agreed to pay $29 million to settle a class-action antitrust lawsuit alleging it and six other companies conspired to fix the price of ready-mixed concrete.
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Related-party loans pile up at Durham-owned finance firm

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham has treated Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. almost like a personal bank since buying it seven years ago, and now he, his partners and related firms owe it more than $168 million, records show.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa case with S. Carolina for $45M

October 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday that the state has reached a $45 million settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. over the company's marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
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Law firm sticks with unconventional space

October 20, 2009
Tom Harton
With its expansion last month into the historic Eden-Talbott House at 1336 N. Delaware St., the local environmental law firm Plews Shadley Racher & Braun now owns and occupies three historic homes and a 1950s-era office building in the same block.
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'Godfather' game-maker sued over 'Dillinger Tommy Gun'

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Mooresville-based company that owns John Dillinger’s publicity rights has made an “offer” of sorts that the Godfather can’t refuse.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa suit with S. Carolina

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to settle the State of South Carolina's lawsuit that claimed Lilly improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, according to Bloomberg News.
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State charges Stifel Nicolaus didn't disclose risks of auction-rate securities

October 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An administrative complaint filed today by the Indiana Secretary of State's Office alleges Stifel Nicolaus failed to disclose risks associated with the sale of auction-rate securities to 141 Hoosiers who invested $54.9 million.
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Charter Homes owner gets 2-plus years for mortgage fraud

September 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Charter Homes owner Jerry J. Jaquess has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $825,000 for his role in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme.
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London hedge fund sues Brightpoint over failed acquisition

September 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
A London-based hedge fund has sued Brightpoint Inc. over a $10 million loan it alleges the Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor fraudulently brokered in anticipation of an acquisition in France that never materialized.
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Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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Lilly's win in Evista patent case crucial, analyst says

September 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A decision by a federal judge in Indianapolis to turn back a patent challenge to Eli Lilly and Co.'s Evista marks a major victory for the company, says an analyst who closely follows the pharmaceutical industry.
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Ex-Lampoon exec Dan Laikin admits to stock fraud

September 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin pleaded guilty this afternoon to participating in a fraudulent scheme to pump up the stock price of National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based entertainment company he led.
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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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Report: Ice Miller, Louisville firm end merger talks

September 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Merger talks that began last year between local legal heavyweight Ice Miller LLP and a Louisville-based law firm reportedly have broken down, putting an end to a deal that was expected to close by the end of the year.
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Ex-workers sue Navistar, charge plant closing violated contractRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Forty-three former employees of Navistar Inc.’s shuttered diesel engine plant have sued the company, claiming it breached their collective bargaining agreement by moving plant work in recent years to non-union facilities.
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Developer Lauth's bankrupt units win round in courtRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Lauth Group Inc. in recent weeks has won critical courtroom victories that likely will allow company principals to retain control of three subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Hall-Render co-founder returns to law firm

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A co-founder of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC is returning to the downtown law firm more than a decade after he left it. Rex Killian will lead the firm’s governance consulting practice, which serves both not-for-profit and for-profit health care clients.
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Former business owner Hockett sentenced for bank fraud

August 31, 2009
Scott Olson
A federal judge this morning sentenced a former Indianapolis business owner to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May.
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Noble Roman's wins latest round in fight with franchiseesRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of former franchisees of Noble Roman’s Inc. has hired a new attorney to represent them in a case against the chain after a Hamilton County judge tossed their old lawyer.
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Marcus Schrenker gets prison sentence

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis money manager who crashed his plane and parachuted to safety in an elaborate scheme to fake his death and flee financial ruin, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.
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Dodson Group hit crisis mode after trusted CFO suspected of theftRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
At first, small-business owner Jim Dodson figured the problem must be a technical glitch. During a routine analysis of aging unpaid invoices last September, one of his employees couldn’t tie the latest figures to the company’s ledger. Accounts receivable for his company, the Dodson Group, had been overstated by $2.7 million—double their true value. And $422,539 was missing from the firm’s coffers.
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Locals settle First Indiana insider-trading case

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Securities and Exchange Commission said today that it has settled insider-trading charges against three local residents who bought shares in First Indiana Corp. immediately before the July 9, 2007, announcement that it was being acquired by a Milwaukee bank for a 42-percent premium.
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