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The Indiana Court of Appeals made two minor corrections to its original opinion ordering an attorney to pay appellate fees due to his conduct in a purported class-action lawsuit against Clarian Health Partners, but upheld the order the attorney pay the fees.

In Lawane Chaney on Behalf of Himself and All Others Similarly Situated v. Clarian Health Partners, Inc., No. 49A05-0905-CV-263, attorney Ronald Weldy, former counsel of Lawane Chaney, sought rehearing on the Court of Appeals’ September 2011 opinion granting Clarian’s request for fees and costs against Weldy. The judges found that Weldy’s arguments and his court filings were “utterly devoid of all plausibility and therefore, were pursued in bad faith.”

In the rehearing, the judges admitted that the court’s opinion was incorrect in two ways. First, the record doesn’t support the finding that Weldy did not inform the trial court of the stay in his motion to compel. Second, the record doesn’t support the statement by the COA that he persisted in theory that Clarian had agreed to provide the discovery at issue after the trial court had vacated its motion to compel and deny the same.

Despite these errors, the judges reaffirmed their conclusion that Weldy should have to pay appellate fees and costs to Clarian. They corrected their original opinion and also denied Clarian’s request for additional fees and costs with regards to the rehearing petition.

 

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