Opinions – Sept. 19, 2013
Indiana Court of Appeals
Beneficial Financial 1 Inc., Successor in Interest to Beneficial Mortgage Co. of Indiana v. Sharon Hatton, a/k/a Sharon J. Hatton, First Select, Inc., Calvary SPV, II, LLC, and Discover Bank
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses trial court grant of dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, finding that a surviving company after a merger needs no documentation of assignment of interest in Hatton’s mortgage, and remands to the trial court with instructions to reinstate Beneficial’s complaint for damages. Beneficial also must have an opportunity to prove that a mutual mistake was the cause of an erroneous legal description of the property secured by the mortgage.
In Re: the Paternity of: N.C.G., B.G., v. N.G.
Juvenile Paternity. Reverses denial of B.G.’s (father’s) petition to give his child, N.C.G., his surname. Finds caselaw encourages a paternal connection between a father and his nonmarital and noncustodial child especially when, as in this case, the father pays child support and participates in the minor’s life. Holds giving the child the father’s surname is in the best interest of the child.
Protective order. Reverses grant of a protective order for Crystal Cobb-Maurer against Justin D. Maurer, holding that there was not evidence of sufficient probative value presented at the hearing to support a finding that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, intimidated or threatened.
Civil Plenary. Affirms in part the trial court’s order granting summary judgment to Silco. Also reverses and remands for consideration of issues related to attorney fees, mitigation of damages and accounting. Judge Patricia Riley dissents, in part, finding no material issues of fact remaining based on the designated evidence as to attorneys fees and mitigation of damages.
Richard Reese v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.
Ronald Pearson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 39-year sentence for multiple drug-related convictions.
James R. Dieterle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence, a 50-year term imposed for conviction of Class A felony arson, Class B felony burglary and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.
Ivan Luis Vazquez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief from a 45-year executed sentence for conviction of Class A felony charges of dealing in cocaine and conspiracy to deal in cocaine.
J.D.M. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms delinquency adjudication for committing an act that would be Class A misdemeanor dangerous possession of a firearm if committed by an adult.
In Re The Adoption of K.T.; J.T. v. A.A.B. (NFP)
Adoption. Affirms trial court odrder granting the adoption petition of A.A.B. and terminating father J.T.’s parental rights.
Miles Toran v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 65-year sentence for convictions of murder and attempted murder.
Curtis F. Sample, Jr., v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court finding of habitual offender on remand from the Indiana Supreme Court.
Gregory Allen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 35-year sentence for conviction of Class A felony dealing in cocaine.
The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana decisions prior to IL deadline.