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COA in Carmel to hear appeal of sanctions

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The Indiana Court of Appeals visits Carmel High School Thursday to hear arguments in a case stemming from a propane gas explosion.

Chief Judge John G. Baker and Judges Ezra Friedlander and Terry Crone will hear arguments in White-Rodgers, et al. v. Lonnie Kindle, et al., No. 55A05-0906-CV-308, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the high school, 520 E. Main St., Carmel.

White-Rodgers and other defendants are appealing the trial court's imposition of more than $18,000 in sanctions for alleged discovery noncompliance, as well as the merits of the underlying discovery orders preceding the sanction award.

White-Rodgers and others were sued by Lonnie Kindle and others who were involved in the 2004 explosion at an apartment in Morgan County. The plaintiffs' complaints were for strict products liability and negligent design of a water heater control because they believed there was a defect in the gas control valve on the water heater.

The sanctions stem from White-Rodgers' noncompliance in producing materials from a Missouri case against the company involving a propane gas explosion and a water heater with a White-Rodgers gas control valve.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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