Opinions April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Todd Walters and Matenia Walters v. Aaron Austin and Herman & Goetz, Inc.
Civil tort. Dismisses the Walterses’ appeal of the judgment on a jury verdict in favor of Austin and his employer on the Walterses’ complaint for damages arising from a multi-vehicle accident. The appellate court does not have jurisdiction. Judge Darden dissents.

Alebro, LLC v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Jason Scheidell
Agency appeal. Reverses grant of unemployment benefits to terminated employee Scheidell. Holds that if an employee’s explanation for the behavior that led to his termination is another terminable offense, that provides just cause for termination.

In Re the Adoption of K.B.M. and L.B.M.; T.M. v. R.P.F. (NFP)
Adoption. Affirms decision that biological father T.M.’s consent to the adoption by stepfather R.P.F. was not required.

In Re the Paternity of K.S.; J.S. v. M.M. (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms trial court decision to continue joint legal custody, but reverses modification of primary physical custody to mother. Remands with instructions to enter an order addressing father’s contentions as to mother’s failure to pay costs. Judge Riley concurs in part, dissents in part, and would remand for sole legal custody to be awarded to either mother or father.

Chad Jeremy Orme v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses revocation of probation and sentence imposed.

Justin A. Staples v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony aiding, inducing or causing theft.

Margaret M. Hammond v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and Porter County Commissioners (NFP)
Agency appeal. Affirms Hammond is ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Dennis Mikel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Small claim. Affirms the trial court did not err in denying Mikel’s request for appointed counsel or in not conducting a jury trial on his complaint. The trial court erred in entering judgment in favor of the defendants. Reverses and remands for an assessment of damages.

Ramon Crawford v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and imposition of previously suspended portion of sentence.

Jason Myers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury and Class B felony aggravated battery.

Huntington Copper, LLC v. Conner Sawmill, Inc. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of Huntington Copper’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Derrick Mays v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony robbery, Class D felony criminal recklessness and Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license.

Ronald Edward Madison, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of cocaine.

Brandon Ray Carter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery causing serious bodily injury.

Jason A. Reber v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and Class A misdemeanor interference with reporting a crime.

Michael Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.


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