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Opinions Feb. 20, 2014

February 20, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
James T. Mitchell v. 10th and The Bypass, LLC and Elway, Inc.
53S01-1303-PL-222
Civil plenary. Evidence obtained after the entry of an order granting a motion for partial summary judgment may not form the basis for vacating that order on the grounds that a non-final order is subject to revision at any time before the entry of a final judgment. Also concludes that relief from judgment under Ind. Trial Rules is not limited only to final judgments.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Magic Circle Corporation, d/b/a Dixie Chopper, The Kelch Corporation, et al. v. Kris Schoolcraft as Personal Representative of the Wrongful Death Estate of Rickie D. Schoolcraft, Deceased
29A02-1303-CT-273
Civil tort. Affirms grant of Kris Schoolcraft’s motion to amend the wrongful death action brought against Magic Circle by adding new defendants. Declines to follow caselaw from Court of Appeals and instead applies the majority rule decided in a 1990 Vermont case.

Michael W. Stevenson v. County Commissioners of Gibson County, Indiana, Bob Townsend, Don Whitehead, Gerald Bledsoe, County Council of Gibson County, Indiana, Tony Wolfe, Jeremy Overton, et al.  
26A01-1212-PL-540
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment for the Gibson County Commissioners and County Council regarding Stevenson’s salary as county surveyor and additional compensation. The county council followed statute by establishing a salary level for a surveyor without a license and Stevenson is not entitled to additional compensation for surveying the county corners.

Clark's Sales and Service, Inc v. John D. Smith and Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
49A02-1306-PL-552
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Clark’s motion for a preliminary injunction. Clark’s attempt to protect a customer base spanning the entire term of Smith’s employment is overly broad and unreasonable, as is the scope of activities prohibited in the restrictive covenant.

Jonathan D. Carpenter v. State of Indiana
02A05-1304-CR-207
Criminal. Affirms admission of evidence obtained from a warrantless search of Carpenter’s house. The trial court did not err when it denied Carpenter’s motion to suppress the evidence against him because the officers had reasonable suspicion to believe a violent crime might have occurred, properly executed a search of the premises for that purpose, and the search did not violate Carpenter’s Fourth Amendment rights. The warrantless search of Carpenter’s house did not violate his rights under Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution because the officers had reasonable suspicion there was an injured person inside the house.

Kevin Hoskins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1307-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Clyde Williams, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A04-1305-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are suspended.

Inner Circle Properties, LLC v. George Lease (NFP)
35A02-1309-SC-764
Small claim. Reverses award of $180 in attorney fees and collection costs against Lease and remands for order that Inner Circle receive $371.86 in collection attorney fees that Lease agreed to pay.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: P.M., M.F.E., and E.T., T.T. (Mother) and B.T. (Father of E.T.) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
40A01-1306-JT-275
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Andre L. Garrett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1305-PC-199
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

C.C. v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Wal-Mart Associates (NFP)
93A02-1304-EX-375
Agency action. Affirms determination C.C. is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Marcus Buba v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1306-CR-287
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to reduce bond to zero.

Juan Concepcion v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1306-CR-557
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and Class C misdemeanor operating with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent.

Stephen M. Coil v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, International Truck & Engine Group, TALX UCExpress, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1309-EX-747
Agency action. Reverses determination Coil is ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Bruce Foster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1301-CR-36
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for murder.

In Re the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of L.T.W.B., Minor Child, and S.A.B., Mother, and H.L.B., Father, H.L.B., Father v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

79A02-1307-JT-669
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Antonio Hughley, $3,861.00 in U.S. Currency and One (1) Buick, VIN# 4V37J7E133835 v. State of Indiana, The Consolidated City of Indianapolis/Marion County,et al. (NFP)
49A04-1307-MI-352
Miscellaneous. Affirms summary judgment for the state regarding forfeiture of cash.

Tanner Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1304-CR-392
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to dismiss.

Bobby Wine v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1307-CR-610
Criminal. Affirms in part four findings of contempt and reverses one finding. Remands for further proceedings.

David Hedgecraft v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1303-CR-141
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Sarah Cartner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1307-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Forest Lamar, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1306-CR-208
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Fabrianne Cloud v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1309-CR-745
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operation of a vehicle while suspended as a habitual traffic violator.

Katie L. Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1306-CR-229
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery, Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness and Class D felony failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death.

Charlie Hamby and Michael Zenk v. James Farmer (NFP)
33A01-1307-CT-325
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Hamby’s and Zenk’s motion for summary judgment against Farmer on inmate Farmer’s “notice of a lawsuit” resulting from a fall in the shower.

The Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by 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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