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Opinions Aug. 25, 2014

August 25, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
Indiana Department of State Revenue v. Caterpillar, Inc.
49S10-1402-TA-79
Tax. Reverses judgment of the Indiana Tax Court in favor of Caterpillar, holding the company may not deduct foreign-source dividend income when calculating net operating losses based on plain statutory meaning. Caterpillar also did not meet its burden to prove the conclusion violated the Foreign Commerce Clause. Remands to the Tax Court with instructions to grant summary judgment in favor of the Department of Revenue.

Indiana Court of Appeals
John Barnhart v. State of Indiana
57A04-1312-CR-601
Criminal. Affirms convictions and aggregate 30-year sentence for two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Holds that any error regarding the trial court’s exclusion of a drug test showing the victim had no marijuana in her system was harmless. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in acknowledging Barnhart had been accused of prior sexual misconduct, and even if the accusations had not been considered, he likely would have received the same advisory concurrent sentences.     

Amanda Kay (Albin) Brasseur v. Gregory Joseph Brasseur (NFP)
42A05-1402-DR-84
Domestic relations. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands order on distributions of marital assets, holding the trial court abused its discretion in assessing the value of a mortgage encumbering the marital residence.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Commitment of G.M. v. Columbus Regional Hospital Mental Health Facility and Dr. Michael Stark (NFP)
03A01-1312-MH-533
Mental health. Affirms order of involuntary commitment.

Karla Hart v. Douglas Kaderabek, M.D. (NFP)
49A02-1312-PL-1036
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Douglas Kaderabek, M.D.

Tiandre Harris v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1401-CR-45
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder.

Holly Richardson v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC, as Agent for Deaconess Hospital (NFP)
82A04-1403-SC-109
Small claims. Affirms denial of motion to correct error.

 

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