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Ex-business partner might not get damages for unreturned pizza oven

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Because a county clerk did not apparently send out notice of a court order requiring a man to return a pizza oven to his partner in a bar, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the denial by the lower court of the man’s motion challenging a damages award stemming from his failure to return the oven.

Salvino Verta does not challenge the January 2013 order that required him to return the pizza oven to Salvino Pucci, but he does challenge the $114,000 in damages – $100 for every day Verta delayed in returning the oven that the court ordered him to pay in June. Verta claimed he never received notice of the January 2013 order or the April 2013 scheduling  order for the June hearing, and the chronological case summary entries on the matter don’t indicate that the clerk mailed notice.  Verta returned the pizza oven June 4, 2013.

Verta filed a motion to reconsider, correct error and motion from relief from judgment, seeking relief from the June order. He claimed had he received the orders he would have complied in all respects and appeared before the court. The trial court denied his motion to correct error.

Because the CCS does not contain any notation to indicate that the clerk had served the April 2013 scheduling order or the January 2013 order on Verta, the trial court abused its discretion by denying his motion seeking relief from the June 2013 order, the COA held in Salvino Verta, et al. v. Salvino Pucci, 45A03-1309-PL-387. They ordered the lower court to hold a hearing to further determine what, if any, monetary damages should be awarded given the CCS’s lack of an entry to indicate notice was sent to Verta on the January 2013 order.

“While Verta might have been able to assume that the trial court would set a hearing on Pucci’s motion, the clerk had a duty to serve Verta with a copy of the scheduling order and to memorialize such action on the CCS,” Judge Rudolph Pyle III wrote.
 

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  1. For many years this young man was "family" being my cousin's son. Then he decided to ignore my existence and that of my daughter who was very hurt by his actions after growing up admiring, Jason. Glad he is doing well, as for his opinion, if you care so much you wouldn't ignore the feelings of those who cared so much about you for years, Jason.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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