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Justices vacate transfer to negligent design case

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The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Monday vacating its grant of transfer to a case filed by a man rendered a quadriplegic after he fell out of a company truck’s utility bucket while working for Richmond Power.

The justices granted transfer in September to Anthony Wade v. Terex-Telect Inc., 29S05-1209-CT-557, and heard arguments in the case. But Chief Justice Brent Dickson and Justices Robert Rucker and Mark Massa decided that the Indiana Court of Appeals decision should stand.

A split Court of Appeals believed Anthony Wade was prejudiced by a jury instruction as to rebuttable presumption because it was unsupported by relevant evidence. The majority ordered a new trial. Wade sued Terex-Telect Inc., claiming the double-man bucket attached to the company truck was negligently designed under the Indiana Products Liability Act.

A jury allocated zero fault to Terex and 100 percent fault to Wade.
 
Wade’s counsel wanted to bring in a utility truck bucket at oral arguments, which the justices originally prevented, but later decided to allow such large exhibits as long as their setup and removal didn’t interfere with other arguments being heard.

Justice Loretta Rush dissented from the decision to deny transfer without opinion. Justice Steven David also dissented, writing he would affirm the trial court.

“The complained of instructions regarding State of the Art and Compliance with Government Regulations were proper statements of the law and were relevant to the allegations and the defenses raised. It did not require the jury to reach any particular conclusion and permitted counsel to argue that the evidence warranted its application or that the evidence did not warrant its application,” he wrote.
 

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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