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Kohl’s loses appeal vs. developer, county over Evansville store

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A department store chain failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals to reverse a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit it filed against a developer and two public Vanderburgh County entities.

An appellate panel found no error in Vanderburgh Circuit Judge Carl Heldt’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission and the Board of Commissioners of Vanderburgh County. Both of those bodies were named as defendants in Kohl's Indiana, L.P. and Kohl's Dept. Store, Inc. v. Dennis Owens, et al., 82A05-1203-PL-103.

The suit arose after developer Dennis Owens failed to complete a project to build a store and associated infrastructure at the Carpentier Creek Pavilion Subdivision on the west side of Evansville. Kohl’s completed the project and in 2006 brought suit against multiple defendants including Owens, the public entities and financial institutions.

In affirming the trial court, the COA held that neither public body accepted a common obligation to complete the project and that Kohl’s cannot recover on a theory implied in law because a contract with the Board of Commissioners required Kohl’s to complete public infrastructure improvements at its expense.

Kohl’s failed to prevail on theories of contribution or unjust enrichment.

“While we ultimately find no merit to any of Kohl’s arguments, we do not find that its appeal is permeated with meritlessness or any of the other factors that would warrant an award of appellate attorney’s fees. We therefore deny the Board of Commissioners’ request for appellate attorney’s fees,” Judge Nancy Vaidik wrote for the unanimous panel.
 


 


 

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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

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  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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