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Justices grant 3 transfers, including dram shop case

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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The Indiana Supreme Court has granted three transfers in three civil cases this week.

Transfers come in Michael M. Cubel v. Debra A. Cubel, No. 32A04-0605-CV-268, American Fire & Casualty Co. v. Direction in Design Inc., et al., No. 29A05-0511-CV-681, and Rebecca Shaw v. LDC Enterprises, et al., No. 29A05-0511-CV-681.

The Cubel appeal stems from a Hendricks County marriage dissolution case involving spousal maintenance and child support for college. In a memorandum opinion issued April 30, the Court of Appeals didn't find the court abused its direction on either issue but remanded to reconsider part of an order regarding the adult child's ability to contribute to her education.

In American Fire & Casualty, the justices will consider whether coverage for repair and replacement claims resulting from faulty workmanship existed under a commercial general liability policy issued to the custom-home designer business. The Court of Appeals in April affirmed the trial court's denial of summary judgment but remanded with instruction to try the contractual coverage issues and determine if American Fire should be estopped from denying coverage.

A third transfer comes in Shaw, a dram shop case from Fountain Circuit Court reversed by the Court of Appeals in March. The court held that Indiana law should apply to a complaint against a steakhouse owner in Illinois for an accident that happened in Indiana.

The owner moved to dismiss the counts on grounds that Illinois law should control the disposition of the action, and the trial court granted the motion. On appeal, the appellate court ruled, "The last event necessary to make LDC liable for its alleged wrong took place in Indiana with Kayla's death, and application of Illinois law would leave (mother Rebecca) Shaw without a remedy. The substantive law of Indiana therefore applies."
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