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Opinions April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

George Clements v. Kimberly Hall and Stanley Harmon
06A04-1106-MI-282
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s award of summary judgment for Kimberly Hall and Stanley Harmon, holding their attorney failed to notify George Clements and his attorney that a motion had been filed. Remands for further proceedings consistent with its opinion.

Shawn A. Keckler, Kari Felda, Special Admin. to the Estate of Ryan S. Holloway, Janice Norman, Dewayne Scott, Timothy J. Boganwright, et al. v. Meridian Security Insurance Company

43A03-1112-PL-551
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Meridian Security Insurance Company, holding the company failed to prove that a driver who caused a fatal crash had violated an exclusionary clause in the policy. Holds that failing to pay for claims arising from the crash would have drastic consequences for those injured and killed in the crash, and remands for further proceedings.

Delbert Conklin v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Carter Express, Inc.
93A02-1109-EX-864
Civil. Reverses finding that Delbert Conklin was not entitled to unemployment benefits because of his momentary loss of consciousness that caused him to veer off the road and damage the truck he was driving for Carter Express, and its contents. Holds that no evidence suggests Conklin is to blame for that incident and he therefore did not breach a duty to Carter and should receive unemployment benefits.

Michael L. Crowe v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1108-CR-420
Criminal. Affirms sentences for two counts of Class C felony forgery, one count of Class D felony receiving stolen property and Class D felony theft.

Harold W. Reynolds v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1109-CR-468
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order that Harold Reynolds serve the remaining 12 months of his previously suspended sentence for violation of his work release requirements.

Releford Green, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1107-CR-320
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony domestic battery; reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery on double jeopardy grounds and remands with instruction that the trial court vacate the conviction and sentence on that count.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.B., D.B., and D.S.; M.B. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
30A04-1110-JT-554
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

In Re The Marriage of: Leanne Kathleen Johnson v. Florenzo Johnson (NFP)
49A02-1109-DR-852
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s grant of father’s petition to modify joint legal custody, awarding full custody of two children to father.

Indiana Supreme Court accepted no cases on transfer for the week ending April 20.
 

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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