Opinions July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline:
Phillip A. Collins, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. America’s Servicing Co.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Robert Miller Jr.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for America’s Servicing Co. on Collins’ breach of contract claim and claim that ASC violated the Indiana’s Home Loan Practices Act. ASC had the right at all times, under the original contract and both forbearance agreements, to charge Collins late fees and report his late payments. He cannot prove that ASC knowingly or intentionally made a material representation or concealed information because the plain language of the forbearance agreements made clear that all the provisions of the original mortgage applied.

Today’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Nathaniel Josiah Worden
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen.
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of District Court’s order that Worden pay approximately $500,000 in restitution to one of the victims of his offense. The restitution order falls within the scope of the appellate waiver in Worden’s plea agreement to one count of advertising child pornography.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Shon L. Edmond v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress. Because the police officer had probable cause to arrest Edmond, the pat-down search of him was a valid search incident to arrest and Edmond’s constitutional rights weren’t violated.

James R. Hundley v. State of Indiana

Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine. The evidence is sufficient to show the meth lab belonged to Hundley and that he manufactured more than three grams of adulterated methamphetamine.

Great Lakes Transfer, LLC, et al. v. Porter County Highway Dept., et al.

Civil plenary. Affirms the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to review the Porter County Highway Department’s denial of applications for a driveway permit. The highway department’s review of Great Lakes Transfer’s application for a driveway permit was a discretionary administrative act and not a decision subject to judicial review.

Kraig Eric Burgan v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony child molesting.

Karl Neil Robinson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Sheldon C. McAuley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery, Class D felony residential entry, and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.

James M. Mrozinski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and burglary.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues