Court opinions

Tax Court affirms assessments of lakefront property

April 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Tax Court has affirmed two property assessments for a lakefront property in northern Indiana, finding that the property owner failed to meet her burden of proof to discredit the county’s assessments.
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Lawsuit against Columbus over crosswalk headed toward trial

April 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
Although the city of Columbus has immunity from the policy decisions that may have contributed to a 13-year-old’s injuries when he was struck by a vehicle in a city crosswalk, genuine issues of material fact remain that preclude the city from being awarded summary judgment in a lawsuit, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals has held.
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COA reverses stay of man’s driving suspension

April 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana man whose driving privileges were suspended for a variety of driving-related offenses, including operating while intoxicated, cannot have those suspensions stayed after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that such a stay is contrary to state law.
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Appellate court dismisses juvenile’s appeal of DOC commitment

April 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has dismissed a teenager’s appeal of his commitment to the Indiana Department of Correction, finding that because the teenager has already been released, his appeal is moot.
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7th Circuit rules in favor of police officer in 4th Amendment lawsuit

April 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the denial of summary judgment to a Highland police officer, finding his decision to keep a man in handcuffs while he was investigated as part of a road rage incident did not violate the Fourth Amendment.
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Man entitled to credit for time spent awaiting Indiana trial

April 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has partially affirmed the denial of a man’s request for credit for time he spent incarcerated in Florida and New Hampshire, noting that after he was sentenced in Indiana, the Indiana and foreign sentences were meant to be served concurrently.
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Supreme Court strikes down contentious med-mal ruling

April 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
After six years of controversy over the limits, or lack thereof, on what evidence and arguments may be presented to a trial court during a medical malpractice proceeding, the Indiana Supreme Court has denounced a highly disputed medical malpractice case while simultaneously adopting a recent Court of Appeals opinion.
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Appellate court affirms CHINS order

April 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a Vanderburgh County children in need of services order after finding the children’s custodian did not make any argument as to why his stipulation to the facts of the CHINS petition should be withdrawn for cause.
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Court lets IPL rate increases stand

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
An approved rate change for Indianapolis Power & Light customers will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of various advocacy groups on Wednesday.
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7th Circuit rules Title VII covers sexual orientation

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a landmark ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has found Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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COA affirms neglect conviction against man with intellectual disability

April 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the felony neglect conviction of a Wayne County man with a mild intellectual disability, finding that the state presented sufficient evidence to prove that he knowingly neglected his child leading to the boy’s death, and that the testimony of two medical experts was proper.
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US Supreme Court rejects bid to revive ballot selfies ban

April 3, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected New Hampshire's bid to revive a law prohibiting voters from taking selfies pictures with their completed ballots.
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Divided COA reverses CHINS finding

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a CHINS determination after finding the Department of Child Services failed to meet its burden of proof, though one judge believed the trial court was acting in the child’s best interests.
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COA: Trial court imposed restrictive standard for remonstrance petition

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Perry Circuit Court imposed too strict of a standard on a group of property owners when it denied their remonstrance petition because some of the signatures did not exactly match the signatures on tax duplicates, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday.
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Fired worker still entitled to temporary disability benefits

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A worker who was injured on the job and was later fired for cause is still entitled to disability benefits, despite his misconduct, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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COA sends property zoning dispute back to local BZA

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A property zoning dispute has been remanded to the Jeffersonville Board of Zoning Appeals after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday that BZA members did not enter proper findings of fact when handing down an adverse decision.
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COA affirms attempted murder conviction

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a man’s attempted murder conviction after finding that the court was not required to give the jury a specific instruction on unanimity.
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7th Circuit affirms dismissal of foreclosure fraud case

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana man’s various federal claims against his former mortgage holders cannot proceed because federal district courts do not have jurisdiction to vacate state court decisions, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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COA: Allowing removal of prosthetic eye not an abuse of discretion

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
A trial court’s decision to allow a woman to remove her prosthetic eye in the presence of the jury in a battery case was not an abuse of discretion because the relevancy of the demonstration was not outweighed by possible prejudice against the defendant, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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COA affirms drug conviction, sentence

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a southern Indiana man’s drug conviction and sentence after finding that the admission of certain evidence did not violate the man’s constitutional rights.
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Delinquency findings upheld against student who threatened to bomb school

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court did not abuse its discretion when it admitted incriminating statements from a 13-year-old who threatened to bomb his school, the Indiana Court of Appeals has found, because the in-school interrogation of the student did not trigger a Miranda warning.
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Supreme Court rules man cannot convert felony theft conviction

March 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Lake County man will retain his felony theft conviction after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an amendment to Indiana Code does not invalidate the man’s agreement to not seek misdemeanor treatment.
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COA affirms judgment for insurance company in work zone complaint

March 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
Summary judgment was properly awarded to an insurance company that denied a request to defend a construction company in a negligence suit, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday. The judges ruled the terms of the policy only obligated the insurance company after a certain amount of damages had been paid.
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COA remands child support case

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court did not err in finding a Marion County father is voluntarily underemployed, yet it failed to consider evidence of the father’s prevailing job opportunities or earnings level, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday.
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COA reinstates right-to-work case, says federal law preempts state claims

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
Although former members of a Fort Wayne union did make a claim upon which relief can be granted after their former union continued to take dues from their checks without their consent, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that federal labor law is preemptive in the state court case.
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