Indiana Court of Appeals

Man loses home damage appeal that blamed neighbor’s watering

May 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man whose Monroe County home was lost to mold contamination lost his appeal of a jury verdict in favor of his neighbor. The homeowner had claimed his neighbor's excessive watering of her lawn caused water damage to the basement of his home.
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COA: Lack of warning signs reinstates suit in fatal crash

May 20, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found the Hancock County Board of Commissioners was not liable for the way an intersection was designed but found there was an issue of material fact as to whether the county should have installed warning signs there. A man was killed at the intersection in 2009 in a crash with another vehicle, triggering a lawsuit.
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Newborn blood sample case appealed to Indiana’s high court

May 20, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana couple seeking the destruction of millions of newborn blood samples stored in a state warehouse is appealing their case to the Indiana Supreme Court. The couple's attorney filed a petition Thursday asking the state high court to take up the case.
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COA: Worker's comp board may overrule medical examiner

May 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a Worker's Compensation Board decision that a man did not sustain a cervical injury as a result of a workplace accident. The board was not required to follow treatment recommendations of an independent medical examiner who saw the man after his employer notified him of its intent to terminate temporary total disability benefits.
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COA: Mother’s rights not violated by reasonable efforts order

May 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled an order that reasonable efforts to reunify a mother and her daughter were not necessary did not violate her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act and affirmed judgment of the trial court.
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COA upholds contempt charges in video conference

May 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man's contempt of court charges after it found just because a man was on video didn't mean he couldn't commit contempt, and the evidence was enough to uphold the charges.
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Ex-credit union chief loses defamation per se appeal

May 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for an employer after the president of a company was fired over an executive's hotline call. The president claimed defamation per se and considered the hotline company liable, but the COA ruled comments made during the call were not defamatory.
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COA reinstates ex-boyfriend's complaint for damages

May 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a man's complaints for compensation against his girlfriend for work he did on two houses, including a house they both lived in, should not have been dismissed. The case was remanded to the trial court.
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COA: Search under probation did not violate Fourth Amendment

May 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a warrantless search of property did not violate a man's Fourth Amendment and Indiana Constitutional rights and upheld the denial of his motion to suppress evidence after he was convicted of two methamphetamine counts.
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COA upholds conviction, trims sentence in heroin case

May 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man's conviction but reduced his sentence for dealing heroin even though he didn't actually participate in the transaction in one of the counts.
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COA: Evidence obtained during welfare check is admissible

May 17, 2016
Scott Roberts

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled evidence from a search where police officers went into a house without a warrant to check on the children was valid evidence at trial and affirmed denial of a woman’s motion to suppress.

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Appraiser has no duty of care to real estate seller

May 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled an appraiser has no duty of care to a seller after he appraised a house for much less than the proposed purchase price. The COA upheld summary judgment for the appraiser in a case where the seller alleged negligence, fraud and slander of title.
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Justices deadlock 2-2 on transfer in two cases

May 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court deadlocked on one case after oral arguments and denied transfer to another after a 2-2 vote in the court's list of transfer dispositions for the week ending May 13. The split vote in the absence of a fifth justice reinstates rulings of the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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COA: Lack of release advisement was harmless error

May 13, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a trial court’s failure to advise a man of his possible release dates was harmless error and affirmed his sentence for two felonies.
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Judges say order for DCS interviews with children should not have happened

May 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Department of Child Services for Crawford County should not have been granted the opportunity to interview two children, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled, because the order doing so violates their mother’s right to raise her family without undue interference by the state.
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Recorded conversation, conviction are admissible evidence, COA holds

May 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
An audiotape of phone conversations between a suspect and the victim’s mother while he was in jail and a testimony from the victim’s mother that she was convicted of assisting a criminal were admissible evidence in a child abuse case, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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COA upholds denial of post-conviction relief petition

May 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the denial of a man’s post-conviction relief petition after it found any ineffectiveness of counsel the man received did not affect the outcome of his case in his decision to plead guilty to Class A felony neglect of a dependent.
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COA: Stop violated 4th Amendment

May 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
A police officer was not within his community caretaker function when he pulled over a woman who left a gas station after she escaped from getting stuck under car, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. The public safety issue did not outweigh her right to privacy.
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COA: Child’s name can be changed

May 11, 2016
Scott Roberts
A father can change the last name of a child to his despite the protests of the mother, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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COA upholds charges in robbery, assault case

May 10, 2016
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man’s robbery, intimidation, rape, sexual assault and other convictions stemming from an October 2013 break-in after it found his convictions did not violate the single larceny and continuous crime doctrines.
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Appellate pleadings and motions going online pushed to July 1

May 9, 2016
Scott Roberts
In its third meeting, the Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records shifted discussion to what types of trial court cases should be made available online at mycase.in.gov and any potential issues in doing so.
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COA: Defense lawyer’s ‘questionable’ conduct not reversible error

May 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
A defense attorney who provided evidence to the state of her client’s involvement in a separate case where he was one of six people charged with brutalizing and sexually assaulting members of an Indianapolis family in their home did not commit reversible error, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Split COA reinstates suit of pedestrian hit by deputy’s vehicle

May 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man who was walking on the wrong side of the road in dark clothes at night and was struck by a Marion County deputy driving a jail transport vehicle may pursue his negligence claim, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals panel ruled Friday, reversing the trial court.
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Appellate courts host free bicentennial CLE program

May 6, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals will host a free one-hour continuing legal education program from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in the Supreme Court Courtroom.
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Appeals court reverses its decision on partition fences

May 5, 2016
Scott Roberts
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals overturned an earlier decision Thursday, finding residents that border a property where a man wants to build fences to keep his cattle in must help fund the fences because they are partition fences and fall under Indiana Code 32-26-9.
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