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Justices take suit involving tort claim notice

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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear a case that divided the Court of Appeals on whether the victim in a car accident failed to provide notice to a government-funded agency under the Indiana Tort Claims Act.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of South Central Community Action Program Inc.’s motion for summary judgment, with the majority finding that John and Karen Schoettmer did not timely file their ITCA notice. John Schoettmer was driving a vehicle when it was involved in an accident with a vehicle driven by Jolene C. Wright, who worked at the SCCAP. He was injured in a car accident and sued after rejecting a settlement offer from the agency.

The Schoettmers admitted to not providing notice to the agency as required under the ITCA, but they claimed their communications with the SCCAP’s liability insurer substantially complied with the act’s notice provisions.

Judge Terry Crone dissented.

The justices denied transfer to 19 cases for the week ending Oct. 26, including a lawsuit filed by a couple over the closure of an access road into a cemetery where their daughter is buried.

 

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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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