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Justices to hear negligence case at IU-Indy

February 7, 2011

The Indiana Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in a case alleging negligence against the Putnam County sheriff Tuesday at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

Pamela Price sued the Putnam County sheriff for negligently failing to warn motorists of a known hazard on a county highway after she was involved in an accident caused by icy roads. She claimed the sheriff owed a common law duty of ordinary and reasonable care to warn drivers of known hazardous conditions such as the icy road.

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed on interlocutory appeal the trial court order denying the sheriff’s motion to dismiss the civil action, ruling that caselaw supports the notion he had a duty to warn the public and that the sheriff isn’t immune to liability.

Arguments in Putnam County Sheriff v. Pamela Price, No. 60S01-1012-CV-665, begin at 1 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom in Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis.

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