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Opinions Feb. 10, 2011

February 10, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court
Killbuck Concerned Citizens Association v. J.M. Corporation and Ralph Reed
48S00-1003-PL-158
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court grant of J.M. Corporation’s motion for summary judgment on the grounds that Indiana Code Section 13-20-2-11, which would require further review and approval of zoning, violated the Indiana Constitution and remands for further proceedings. Declines to decide the constitutional issue, but finds because J.M. Corporation’s facilities accepted wasted before April 1, 2008, Indiana Code Section 13-20-2-11 doesn’t apply.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Christine and Ivan Kolozsvari v. John Doe, M.D., Jane Doe, R.N., Kelley Branchfield, R.Ph., and Hook SuperX, LLC
32A04-1008-CT-525
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment against the Kolozsvaris and in favor of Kelley Branchfield and Hook Super X (CVS) in the Kolozsvaris’ suit alleging negligence and loss of consortium after Christine took a prescribed drug that caused kidney failure and the pharmacist disregarded warnings about drug interactions. In light of the evidence, CVS and Branchfield had a duty of care to Christine to either warn her of the side effects of the drug or to withhold the medication in accordance with Indiana Code Section 25-26-13-16 and Pharmacy Board rule 1-33-2. Remands for further proceedings.

Beneficial Indiana, Inc. v. Joy Properties, LLC
02A05-1005-PL-260
Civil plenary. Reverses order to the Allen County treasurer and auditor that it disburse to Joy Properties the surplus funds from a tax sale of real estate in Fort Wayne that Beneficial had an interest in. Beneficial has a more substantial interest in the real estate and that equity requires disbursement of the tax surplus funds to Beneficial.

Nexus Group Inc. v. Heritage Appraisal Service and Alan Landing
46A03-1007-PL-418
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Heritage Appraisal Service and Landing in Nexus’ complaint for defamation per se, defamation per quod, and punitive damages. It is undisputed that Heritage’s statements related to a matter of public interest and that Nexus failed to designate any evidence showing that Heritage acted in bad faith or without a reasonable basis in law and fact when it made its statements in the letter. Remands for a hearing on appellate attorney fees.

Charles E. Justise, Sr. v. Jerry Huston, et al. (NFP)
77A01-1009-MI-511
Miscellaneous. Affirms dismissal of Justise’s pro se complaint against Jerry Huston and Karen Richards alleging they denied him access to legal research materials while he was in the Wabash Valley Correctional facility.

Ernest Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-339
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony attempted theft and Class B misdemeanor unauthorized entry of a motorized vehicle.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of B.B. & M.B.; K.A. & B.B. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
33A01-1007-JT-379
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parent-child relationship.

Willie G. Pargo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-573
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, Class C felony possession with a firearm, and Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Charles Durham v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1006-PC-363
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Stephan D. Parks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-CR-631
Criminal. Affirms sentence for voluntary manslaughter as a Class A felony.

Daniel A. Demaree v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-1005-CR-295
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for five counts of Class A felony child molesting.

Rextori Pizza, et al. v. Dutch Mill Plaza, LLC (NFP)
90A02-1008-CC-920
Civil collections. Affirms order entering final judgment in favor of Dutch Mill Plaza on its complaint against Rextori for breach of contract and on Rextori’s counterclaims for wrongful eviction and conversion. Remands for a hearing on appellate attorney fees.

Douglas Alan Baker, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
42A01-1006-CR-320
Criminal. Affirms conviction of maintaining a common nuisance as a Class D felony.

James McMahon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1004-CR-416
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molestation.

Michael A. Thompson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1001-CR-24
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery.

L.P. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-JV-766
Juvenile. Reverses order modifying probation and suspended commitment and remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

 
 

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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