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Opinions Feb. 20, 2014

February 20, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
James T. Mitchell v. 10th and The Bypass, LLC and Elway, Inc.
53S01-1303-PL-222
Civil plenary. Evidence obtained after the entry of an order granting a motion for partial summary judgment may not form the basis for vacating that order on the grounds that a non-final order is subject to revision at any time before the entry of a final judgment. Also concludes that relief from judgment under Ind. Trial Rules is not limited only to final judgments.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Magic Circle Corporation, d/b/a Dixie Chopper, The Kelch Corporation, et al. v. Kris Schoolcraft as Personal Representative of the Wrongful Death Estate of Rickie D. Schoolcraft, Deceased
29A02-1303-CT-273
Civil tort. Affirms grant of Kris Schoolcraft’s motion to amend the wrongful death action brought against Magic Circle by adding new defendants. Declines to follow caselaw from Court of Appeals and instead applies the majority rule decided in a 1990 Vermont case.

Michael W. Stevenson v. County Commissioners of Gibson County, Indiana, Bob Townsend, Don Whitehead, Gerald Bledsoe, County Council of Gibson County, Indiana, Tony Wolfe, Jeremy Overton, et al.  
26A01-1212-PL-540
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment for the Gibson County Commissioners and County Council regarding Stevenson’s salary as county surveyor and additional compensation. The county council followed statute by establishing a salary level for a surveyor without a license and Stevenson is not entitled to additional compensation for surveying the county corners.

Clark's Sales and Service, Inc v. John D. Smith and Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
49A02-1306-PL-552
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Clark’s motion for a preliminary injunction. Clark’s attempt to protect a customer base spanning the entire term of Smith’s employment is overly broad and unreasonable, as is the scope of activities prohibited in the restrictive covenant.

Jonathan D. Carpenter v. State of Indiana
02A05-1304-CR-207
Criminal. Affirms admission of evidence obtained from a warrantless search of Carpenter’s house. The trial court did not err when it denied Carpenter’s motion to suppress the evidence against him because the officers had reasonable suspicion to believe a violent crime might have occurred, properly executed a search of the premises for that purpose, and the search did not violate Carpenter’s Fourth Amendment rights. The warrantless search of Carpenter’s house did not violate his rights under Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution because the officers had reasonable suspicion there was an injured person inside the house.

Kevin Hoskins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1307-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Clyde Williams, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A04-1305-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are suspended.

Inner Circle Properties, LLC v. George Lease (NFP)
35A02-1309-SC-764
Small claim. Reverses award of $180 in attorney fees and collection costs against Lease and remands for order that Inner Circle receive $371.86 in collection attorney fees that Lease agreed to pay.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: P.M., M.F.E., and E.T., T.T. (Mother) and B.T. (Father of E.T.) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
40A01-1306-JT-275
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Andre L. Garrett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1305-PC-199
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

C.C. v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Wal-Mart Associates (NFP)
93A02-1304-EX-375
Agency action. Affirms determination C.C. is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Marcus Buba v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1306-CR-287
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to reduce bond to zero.

Juan Concepcion v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1306-CR-557
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and Class C misdemeanor operating with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent.

Stephen M. Coil v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, International Truck & Engine Group, TALX UCExpress, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1309-EX-747
Agency action. Reverses determination Coil is ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Bruce Foster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1301-CR-36
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for murder.

In Re the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of L.T.W.B., Minor Child, and S.A.B., Mother, and H.L.B., Father, H.L.B., Father v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

79A02-1307-JT-669
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Antonio Hughley, $3,861.00 in U.S. Currency and One (1) Buick, VIN# 4V37J7E133835 v. State of Indiana, The Consolidated City of Indianapolis/Marion County,et al. (NFP)
49A04-1307-MI-352
Miscellaneous. Affirms summary judgment for the state regarding forfeiture of cash.

Tanner Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1304-CR-392
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to dismiss.

Bobby Wine v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1307-CR-610
Criminal. Affirms in part four findings of contempt and reverses one finding. Remands for further proceedings.

David Hedgecraft v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1303-CR-141
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Sarah Cartner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1307-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Forest Lamar, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1306-CR-208
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Fabrianne Cloud v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1309-CR-745
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operation of a vehicle while suspended as a habitual traffic violator.

Katie L. Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1306-CR-229
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery, Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness and Class D felony failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death.

Charlie Hamby and Michael Zenk v. James Farmer (NFP)
33A01-1307-CT-325
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Hamby’s and Zenk’s motion for summary judgment against Farmer on inmate Farmer’s “notice of a lawsuit” resulting from a fall in the shower.

The Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. Living in South Bend, I travel to Michigan a lot. Virtually every gas station sells cold beer there. Many sell the hard stuff too. Doesn't seem to be a big deal there.

  2. Mr. Ricker, how foolish of you to think that by complying with the law you would be ok. Don't you know that Indiana is a state that welcomes monopolies, and that Indiana's legislature is the one entity in this state that believes monopolistic practices (such as those engaged in by Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers) make Indiana a "business-friendly" state? How can you not see this????

  3. Actually, and most strikingly, the ruling failed to address the central issue to the whole case: Namely, Black Knight/LPS, who was NEVER a party to the State court litigation, and who is under a 2013 consent judgment in Indiana (where it has stipulated to the forgery of loan documents, the ones specifically at issue in my case)never disclosed itself in State court or remediated the forged loan documents as was REQUIRED of them by the CJ. In essence, what the court is willfully ignoring, is that it is setting a precedent that the supplier of a defective product, one whom is under a consent judgment stipulating to such, and under obligation to remediate said defective product, can: 1.) Ignore the CJ 2.) Allow counsel to commit fraud on the state court 3.) Then try to hide behind Rooker Feldman doctrine as a bar to being held culpable in federal court. The problem here is the court is in direct conflict with its own ruling(s) in Johnson v. Pushpin Holdings & Iqbal- 780 F.3d 728, at 730 “What Johnson adds - what the defendants in this suit have failed to appreciate—is that federal courts retain jurisdiction to award damages for fraud that imposes extrajudicial injury. The Supreme Court drew that very line in Exxon Mobil ... Iqbal alleges that the defendants conducted a racketeering enterprise that predates the state court’s judgments ...but Exxon Mobil shows that the Rooker Feldman doctrine asks what injury the plaintiff asks the federal court to redress, not whether the injury is “intertwined” with something else …Because Iqbal seeks damages for activity that (he alleges) predates the state litigation and caused injury independently of it, the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not block this suit. It must be reinstated.” So, as I already noted to others, I now have the chance to bring my case to SCOTUS; the ruling by Wood & Posner is flawed on numerous levels,BUT most troubling is the fact that the authors KNOW it's a flawed ruling and choose to ignore the flaws for one simple reason: The courts have decided to agree with former AG Eric Holder that national banks "Are too big to fail" and must win at any cost-even that of due process, case precedent, & the truth....Let's see if SCOTUS wants a bite at the apple.

  4. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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