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Opinions Dec. 14, 2010

December 14, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Presbytery of Ohio Valley, Inc., et al. v. OPC, Inc., et al.
82A02-1003-MF-339
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses summary judgment in favor of appellees-defendants OPC Inc. and others in a property dispute between a local congregation and the national church. When the neutral principles of law approach is applied correctly, the appellants prevail. Remands with instructions to enter summary judgment in favor of the national church and other appellants, together with a declaratory judgment that Olivet Evangelical Presbyterian Church has no right, title or interest in the Oak Hill Property and a constructive trust on that property in favor of the Presbytery.

The Hunt Construction Group, Inc., et al. v. Shannon D. Garrett
49A02-1001-CT-86
Civil tort. Reverses partial summary judgment for Garrett on Hunt Construction’s vicarious liability because it is inapplicable as the general contractor/subcontractor relationship doesn’t exist. Affirms summary judgment to Garrett on the issue that Hunt owed a duty of care to Garrett by virtue of its contracts. Judge Friedlander concurs in part and dissents in part.

Kathy Niegos v. Arcelor Mittal Burns Harbor LLC, f/k/a ISG Burns Harbor, LLC
93A02-1007-EX-762
Civil. Affirms dismissal of Niegos claim, pursuant to the Occupational Disease Act, against her late husband’s former employer. Her failure to notify ArcelorMittal before entering into third-party settlements is fatal to her ODA claim.

Chijoike Bomani Ben-Yisrayl, f/k/a Greagree Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms sentence for murder.

Roy Shane Arensman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A05-1005-CR-509
Criminal. Reverses conviction of failure to register as a sex offender as a Class D felony.

Oscar Iraheta-Rosales v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1005-CR-302
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child molesting.

John Eddie Lindsey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1003-CR-239
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Bronskey Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1003-CR-126
Criminal. Affirms three convictions of dealing cocaine as Class B felonies.

SHF Enterprises, Inc. v. Richard D. Hailey, et al. (NFP)
49A02-0910-CV-962
Civil. Reverses order correcting the amount of damages owed by the Haileys on SHF’s complaint for breach of lease and confirming its intent to deny SHF’s request for attorney’s fees and prejudgment interest.

Quentin S. Phipps v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1002-CR-46
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony attempted armed robbery, Class C felony escape, Class D felony auto theft, and three counts of Class D felony criminal recklessness.

Clayton Frazier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1005-CR-549
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following revocation of probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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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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