Real Estate/Construction

Supreme Court: General contractor assumed duty to sub-subcontractor through contract

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
A general contractor assumed a non-delegable duty of care to the employee of a sub-subcontractor through its contractual language, the Indiana Supreme Court decided Wednesday, reversing summary judgment to the general contractor on the issue of duty.
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Running low on funds, Vonnegut museum seeks speedy outcome to legal fight

April 18, 2017
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is asking a judge to rule quickly on the legal dispute over its failed move to Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, fearing the not-for-profit could run out of money before the case is resolved.
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Indianapolis officials, landowner lock horns over Brightwood library branch plan

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
Thousands each day drive past a sign on Sherman Avenue near 25th Street in Indianapolis bearing an unequivocal statement of Sheena Schmidt’s sentiments and an irritant for some city officials — a billboard-like placard that reads, “Say no to eminent domain.”
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20-year-old statute being increasingly used for public-private partnership agreements

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys have noticed use of Indiana Code 5-23, or the Build-Operate-Transfer statute, becoming more popular. Not only is it being used for more public-private partnerships, but it also gives cities and developers a great deal of flexibility in design and implementation.
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Judge approves $25M Trump University settlement

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.
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Supreme Court seems divided in property-rights dispute

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A divided U.S. Supreme Court struggled Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas.
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Indiana considers prohibiting cities from banning Airbnb

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana cities and towns wouldn’t be allowed to restrict companies such as Airbnb under a proposal state lawmakers are considering as they wade into the parochial matters of property rights and zoning disputes.
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Justices remand Bloomington property partition dispute

March 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman’s case to partition and sell a Bloomington property will continue after the Indiana Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s finding that the husband and wife with whom the woman purchased the property were not tenants by the entireties of the property.
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COA reverses denial of summary judgment to bank

January 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that U.S. Bank is a bona fide purchaser of an Indianapolis property and was entitled to summary judgment after finding that the mortgage an investment company held on the property could not be found by an adequate title examination.
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Neighbors sue to block $23M College Avenue development

January 9, 2017
Scott Olson
Neighbors of the site where a local developer plans to build a $23 million apartment and retail project along North College Avenue are seeking to stop the controversial project by taking legal action.
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Property contract with no-cheating clause enforceable

January 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Jefferson County woman must convey her assets in a property she shared with her ex-boyfriend after she became pregnant by another man in breach of a contract she signed with the ex-boyfriend, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Friday.
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COA affirms ruling for lender in Shelbyville low-income housing dispute

December 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
A general partner developing Shelbyville low-income apartments lost its appeal of rulings that it misappropriated or was in breach of nearly $2.75 million guaranteed for the project and that it should be liable for the lenders’ legal fees of more than $385,000.
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COA rejects Duke’s claims against proposed Franklin traffic expansion

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
Duke Energy of Indiana cannot prevent the city of Franklin from expanding an east-side intersection, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Friday, allowing the city to move forward with a project designed to beautify the State Road 44 corridor off of Interstate 65.
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Indiana Supreme Court considers general contractor’s duty of care to subcontractors

December 1, 2016
Olivia Covington
In oral arguments on a petition to transfer a case regarding a general contractor’s duty of care to its subcontractors, the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court considered the meaning of the phrase “monitor and implement.”
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Tax court affirms CVS valuation, stands by prior retail rulings

November 7, 2016
Olivia Covington
A CVS store in Bloomington has won its case against what it said were inaccurate tax assessments after the judge of the Indiana Tax Court rejected the argument that her previous rulings were inaccurate.
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Bouncing back from the bust

November 2, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Hammered in the recession, real estate law now faces competition from nonlawyers as well as the need to attract new faces.
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Pittman family dispute escalates with new lawsuit

October 21, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
An ongoing family dispute could cause some of the companies related to a retail real estate development in Carmel to be dissolved.
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Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

October 11, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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Airbnb’s San Francisco showdown may set rules for gig economy

October 6, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Airbnb Inc. has a message for cities that try to enforce rules that crimp its couch-surfing style: See you in court.
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Judge gives 60 days for owners to raze Battle Ground hotel

October 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has ordered the owners of a decaying Battle Ground hotel to demolish the structure within 60 days due to years of neglect.
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I-69 developer's missed payments ignites dispute

September 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana mayor blamed Republican Gov. Mike Pence's administration on Wednesday for allowing a private developer to fall behind in payments to subcontractors, leading to a work stoppage on a new section of the Interstate 69 extension project.
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Indiana owner of Wright house sues over historic designation

September 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The owner of a northeastern Indiana home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is suing Fort Wayne officials over the home's historic designation.
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COA affirms developer’s liability on defaulted property

August 31, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A real estate developer whose project had to be sold after the company defaulted on the mortgage is on the hook for nearly half the owed price based on a contract he signed as guarantor, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed.
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Man gets 10 years for fatal I-69 construction zone crash

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A motorist whose pickup truck crashed into and killed two highway construction workers has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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COA: investors owed reimbursement

July 29, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Although a reversal in the Indiana Court of Appeals handed an investment firm a reimbursement, the amount of funds to be returned is unknown since the trial court was left to figure the sum.
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