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Opinions Aug. 7, 2014

August 7, 2014
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The following Indiana Tax Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday:
Howard County Assessor v. Kokomo Mall, LLC
49T10-1109-TA-56
Tax. Affirms the final determination of the Indiana Board of Tax Review that reduced Kokomo Mall LLC’s commercial property assessments for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 tax years. Court declines to reweigh the evidence presented to the board and rejects the assessor’s claim that the mere presentation of a USPAP appraisal establishes a prima facie case.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Indiana Insurance Company v. Patricia Kopetsky, and KB Home Indiana Inc.
49A02-1304-PL-340
Civil plenary. Grants rehearing to correct a factual error and clarify the original holding. Finds the known claim exclusion applies in this case and that coverage is barred for the second through fourth years, regardless of a jury’s finding of any prior knowledge. Any finding regarding whether George Kopetsky had any knowledge of contamination prior to the first year of insurance coverage applies only to the first year.

Ryan Gold v. Starr Weather
49A02-1311-JP-995
Juvenile. Affirms order approving Weather’s request to relocate and Gold’s motion to modify custody. Finds there is sufficient evidence to support the finding that Weather relocated in order to be close to her immediate and extended family, which is a legitimate purpose. It is well within the discretion of the trial court to place more weight on the evidence that favors the mother as the physical custodian based on the child’s best interests rather than evidence favoring the father based on her efforts to thwart his relationship with his child. Judge Robb concurs in result in a separate opinion.

Rio Michaels v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A04-1311-CR-559
Criminal.  Affirms convictions of Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license with a prior felony and Class D felony criminal recklessness.

D'Arcy Lambert-Knight v. John S. Shelhart and Jennifer Villars (NFP)
64A03-1310-CT-408
Civil tort. Affirms court’s conversion of Villars’ motion to dismiss to a motion for summary judgment.

Jeanne Rippe v. Daniel Rippe (NFP)
17A05-1312-DR-611
Domestic relation. Finds Jeanne Rippe’s challenges to orders from 2011 and 2013 are forfeited or waived. Remands to the trial court with instructions to determine appellate attorney fees for Daniel Rippe because his ex-wife’s appeal is frivolous.
 

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  1. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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