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Opinions Aug. 3, 2012

August 3, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
BKCAP, LLC, GRAYCAP, LLC, AND SWCAP, LLC v. Captec Franchise Trust 2000-1
11-2928, 11-3378
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey.
Civil. Affirms ruling in favor of the borrowers’ interpretation of the prepayment premium requirements in 12 loans involving restaurants and award of prejudgment interest to the borrowers. The borrowers’ position was supported by the evidence presented at trial, and the lender is not entitled to attorney fees.

Daryl Scruggs v. Carrier Corp.
11-3420
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Carrier in Scruggs’ suit for interference and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act after Carrier fired Scruggs for abusing FMLA leave. Carrier has shown that it held an “honest suspicion” that Scruggs was abusing his FMLA leave.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Veolia Water Indianapolis LLC, City of Indianapolis Dept. of Waterworks, and City of Indianapolis v. National Trust Ins. Co. and FCCI Ins. Co. a/s/o Ultra Steak, Inc. d/b/a Texas Roadhouse
49A04-1108-PL-412
Civil plenary. Reverses partial denial of city’s motion to dismiss and Veolia’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. Both defendants are entitled to common law immunity because the common law rule turns on the purpose for which the water is being used, not the underlying cause of the lack of water. The explicit language of the city’s contract with Veolia disavows any intent to create third-party beneficiaries.

Clair Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-914
Criminal. Affirms four convictions of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor following a jury trial.

Michael Nance v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1112-CR-1144
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft following a jury trial.

Michael L. Gaebler v. Janice (Gaebler) Bankert-Countryman (NFP)
49A04-1111-DR-630
Domestic relation. Affirms dissolution court’s order modifying Gaebler’s child support obligation for his two minor children.
 

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