Indiana Court of Appeals

Summary judgment for DCS on age, sex discrimination charges affirmed

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Child Services did not discriminate against a former employee seeking to come out of retirement when it declined to move him through the interview process, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Friday.
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COA affirms closing of unsupervised estate

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a dispute between two northern Indiana sisters, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial court’s decision to close the unsupervised estate of the sisters’ father, finding that the trial court did not apply the wrong legal or statutory standards when closing the estate.
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COA: Vectren projects fail to meet TDSIC requirements

April 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Court of Appeals has pulled the plug on a power company’s plan to hike rates without allowing the public to view and comment on the proposal.
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OWI charge vacated on double jeopardy concerns

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed one count of operating while intoxicated against a Columbus man, finding that merging the two counts together for sentencing purposes does not satisfy double jeopardy concerns.
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COA reverses protective order on basis of res judicata

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a case that Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Pyle described as a “prime example of forum shopping,” the appellate court has reversed the grant of a petitioner’s third petition for a protective order because the petition is barred by the doctrine of res judicata.
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COA reverses dissolution decree imputing potential income to mother

April 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the terms of a marriage dissolution decree, finding the trial court erred in imputing potential income to the mother based on the fact that she should now be able to work full-time because her children are older.
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COA hears malpractice case involving former Conour associate

April 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Roughly five years after former Indianapolis personal injury attorney William Conour was charged in a federal wire fraud case, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard a legal malpractice action involving one of his ex-colleagues for alleged malpractice. One of Conour's victims claims the attorney's actions kept her in the dark about theft of her settlement money.
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COA upholds electric utility’s rate hike

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding substantial evidence supporting a regulatory body’s ruling, the Indiana Court of Appeals denied an attempt by Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana to overturn approval for a utility rate hike.
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Appellate court interprets amended habitual offender statute

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals, after finding the language of the habitual offender statute doesn’t support either the defendant’s or the state’s interpretation, reversed the denial of the defendant’s objection to his habitual counts and ordered the trial court to review the matter.
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COA affirms confidentiality of deposition in litigation between Greek brothers

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Discovery materials protected in Indiana courts under a protective order cannot be used in litigation between two brothers in Greece, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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COA reduces woman’s OWI conviction, orders new hearing on fees

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court did not properly determine whether a woman had the ability to pay fees owed after being convicted of a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, so the Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the case back to the trial court. The judges also ordered her conviction reduced based on the evidence presented at trial.
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COA: Signatures do not have to take a specific form

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A man who drove too fast and was given an electronic speeding ticket failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that all signatures are not the same.
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Questions exist as to whether Clarksville home violates neighborhood covenants

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Summary judgment was prematurely granted to a Clarksville homeowner sued by his neighbors for allegedly violating the neighborhood’s restrictive covenants, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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COA: Parties stipulation shows easement is necessary

April 18, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a dispute between neighbors, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a private property owner had to allow part of his land to be used to give access to a tract of land owned by a business.
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New Castle Schools negligence case headed to trial

April 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment in case stemming from an altercation in a New Castle career program, finding that genuine issues of material fact remain as to whether the school was negligent.
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Appellate court affirms teenager’s delinquency adjudication

April 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court properly adjudicated an Indianapolis teenager as a delinquent on theft and trespassing charges, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday, holding the court’s true findings were supported by sufficient evidence.
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COA reverses child support modification despite untimely appeal

April 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
Despite a father’s untimely filing of an appeal, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided to reverse a child custody modification order, finding there was an “extraordinarily compelling reason” to consider the father’s case on its merits.
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Appellate court affirms dismissal of protective order against mother

April 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a grandmother’s petition for a protective order on behalf of her grandson and the subsequent ex parte order, holding the grandmother lacked legal standing to file the petition on his behalf.
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COA affirms dismissal of armed burglary charge

April 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Huntington County woman who stole a gun as part of a plan to trade the gun for drugs will not be charged with armed burglary because the gun was not used to “arm” the woman during her crime, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Public Lawsuit Statute not applicable in Tipton Co. case

April 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Public Lawsuit Statute that requires litigants to post bond when bringing a public lawsuit did not apply in a Tipton County case in which a couple was seeking to protect their own private interests, rather than public interests, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Wednesday.
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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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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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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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