Indiana Court of Appeals

Interim appellate court clerk replaces Smith

April 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
Long-serving Indiana appellate court clerk Kevin S. Smith resigned recently, and former deputy clerk Greg Pachmayr is now serving as interim clerk.
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Man must pay to clean up meth mess, court affirms

March 31, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a man must pay to clean up the remnants of his meth lab after it found Indiana Code justified the payment and there was a victim to whom restitution should be paid.
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COA: Patient not notified doctor was independent contractor

March 31, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a man was never notified that the doctor treating him was an independent contractor and not an employee and therefore reversed summary judgment to the hospital and remanded the man’s vicarious liability case to the trial court.
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Majority: injured worker’s immigration status relevant

March 31, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision a man’s immigration status is valid evidence in a case where he was injured while working in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.
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COA: Man has to abide by settlement

March 30, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man must abide with the agreement he settled on even though he had later second thoughts. The Indiana Court of Appeals found he breached a contract after he came to a settlement with an insurance company.
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COA: Contract can be rescinded after land misrepresented

March 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a rental company could rescind its purchasing contract for a tract of land after the company that owned the land misrepresented it to the buyer.
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COA: Flood plain ordinance is enforceable, residential ordinance is not

March 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
A builder must seek a special exception to mine in a flood plain zone after the Indiana Court of Appeals found that ordinance enforceable under state statute. However, an ordinance that doesn’t allow mining within two miles of a residential area is not enforceable because it was not enacted in accordance with Indiana’s zoning statutes.
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CHINS case dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction

March 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
A mother’s appeal of a trial court’s order terminating her visitation with her child and denying her motion to modify the permanency plan in a CHINS case was dismissed by the Indiana Court of Appeals for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
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Woman claiming defamation after charges dropped loses appeal

March 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
A woman who sued for defamation against her employer and a private investigator after she was acquitted of two counts of theft will not gain relief after the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment for the employer and investigator in her case.
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COA trims man’s robbery, sex offense sentence from 248 to 218 years

March 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis man who was one of five accomplices who robbed a house and sexually assaulted victims inside during a two-hour rampage will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, but the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday he had been subjected to double jeopardy and trimmed 30 years off his sentence.
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COA: Trial court did not follow Batson regulations when dismissing Hispanic juror

March 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
A trial court did not follow Batson regulations when dismissing a Hispanic juror before the trial of a man convicted of Class D felony intimidation and Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, and as such the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed his convictions, finding the evidence enough for him to stand trial again.
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Woman can be charged with criminal trespass after entering school

March 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
A woman who entered school property after she was threatened with criminal trespass if she did so can be charged with the crime after the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a trial court ruling that she had no contractual interest in the school property, despite being a parent in the district.
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COA changes sentence for drunk woman who hit a man with her car

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled the sentence given to a woman who hit a man with her car and killed him while driving drunk was too harsh and took two years off it. However, the COA upheld all other parts of her conviction.
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COA affirms estate no longer has interest in property

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a motion to dismiss as well as a motion for summary judgment after a woman sued an estate that no longer has interest in a property because that interest had passed to another person.
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Suit rightly decided for IMPD detective, appeals court rules

March 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
A plaintiff who sought to sue an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detective for alleged abuses related to a drug search failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals that the officer could be held personally liable.
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Man gets to keep part of farming property

March 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man will get to keep part of his farming property after the Indiana Court of Appeals found appointing a commissioner for the property was an impermissible modification of his and his ex-wife’s divorce agreement.
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Shot officer’s suit against gun dealer splits COA

March 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer who was shot and wounded by a suspect he killed returning fire may proceed with his lawsuit against a gun dealer that sold the gun to a straw purchaser, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The officer’s case is supported by law enforcement and public policy organizations.
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COA: 82-year-old can return home

March 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a decision by the Delaware Circuit Court that said an elderly woman needed 24-hour care supervision at a nursing facility and allowed her to return home after it found Adult Protective Services did not present sufficient evidence she was involved in a life-threatening emergency.
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COA: Attorneys can rely upon representations of other attorneys

March 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reaffirmed a two-decades-old Indiana Supreme Court ruling, saying attorneys are entitled to rely upon the representations of other attorneys when it ruled on a case where a company was charged a higher price for a piece of property than it should have been because of the price the property’s attorney gave to the company.
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COA: Firm has no private cause of action to gain back fees

March 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a decision that denied HealthPort’s motion for judgment against Garrison Law Firm LLC after it found Garrison did not have a private cause of action under Indiana law or Administrative Code.
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Appeals court rules Notre Dame police subject to APRA

March 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the University of Notre Dame Police Department is a public agency under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act and is subject to APRA requests, overturning a trial court decision in St. Joseph Superior Court.
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COA: Uninsured man can negotiate hospital bills

March 14, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision the state’s Hospital Lien Act allows an uninsured hospital patient to negotiate the terms of his contract with the hospital after a man was charged more than $600,000 for a nearly three-month stay.
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COA rules in favor of IHSAA in basketball fight

March 11, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a preliminary injunction against the Indiana High School Athletic Association in a case involving a fight between Griffith and Hammond High Schools last year that allowed both schools to participate in the IHSAA tournament. The COA said the trial court improperly added its own judgment and remanded the case to the trial court for further proceedings.
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Wife to receive more in divorce settlement

March 11, 2016
Scott Roberts
A wife will get around $116,000 more in a divorce settlement after the Indiana Court of Appeals found the trial court erred in applying the coverture fraction formula to the husband’s retirement accounts.
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COA overturns trust validity case

March 10, 2016
Scott Roberts
A redacted copy of a living trust did not stop a woman from challenging and winning her charge that a trial court improperly dismissed her complaint contesting validity of the trust.
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