Justices take 4 cases

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The Indiana Supreme Court accepted four cases on transfer last week, which included a decision on a first impression issue on whether third-party carriers are included in the statute regarding filing proposed medical malpractice complaints.

The justices took for the week ending March 14:
•    Frank Jacobs v. State of Indiana, 49S04-1403-CR-162. The Indiana Court of Appeals vacated Frank Jacobs’ conviction of Class B felony criminal confinement due to a double jeopardy violation. The judges ruled his conviction of confinement was based on the same behavior that was used to convict him of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct – that he forcibly performed oral sex on a minor boy.
•    State of Indiana v. Adrian Lotaki, 32S01-1403-CR-151. In this not-for-publication decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals dismissed the state’s appeal of the trial court’s denial of its motion to correct erroneous sentence after ruling the state isn’t authorized to bring the appeal.
•    Eric William Stahl v. State of Indiana, 45S04-1403-PC-163. The justices vacated the Sept. 30 order dismissing the appeal and remanded the case to the Court of Appeals for further proceedings.

On March 10 the justices granted transfer and issued their opinion in Bonnie Moryl, as Surviving Spouse and Personal Representative of the Estate of Richard A. Moryl, Deceased v. Carey B. Ransone, M.D., La Porte Hospital, Dawn Forney, RN, Wanda Wakeman, RN BSBA, B. Prast, RN, and Carol Cutter, in her capacity as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance, 46S04-1403-CT-149. Bonnie Moryl argued that her proposed medical malpractice complaint stemming from the death of her husband on April 20, 2007, which she sent to the DOI on April 19, 2009, via FedEx, should be considered timely filed even though the department did not receive it and file stamp it until April 21. The defendants sought summary judgment, claiming the complaint was filed outside of the two-year statute of limitations, which the LaPorte Superior Court granted.

The justices ruled the complaint was timely filed.

The justices denied transfer to 24 cases. The complete list of cases is available online.



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