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Opinions July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Isaac Florian and Jeffrey Florian, as limited guardian of Isaac, an adult. v. GATX Rail Corporation
91A04-1002-PL-77
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of GATX Rail Corp. in Issac Florian’s negligence claim after he drove into a GATX tank car that didn’t have retro-reflective sheeting. GATX was in compliance with either retro-reflective implementation schedule even though the train car in question didn’t have sheeting yet. Florian’s common-law negligence claim is preempted by federal regulations set forth in 49.C.F.R. part 224.

A.H. v. State of Indiana
37A04-1002-JV-50
Juvenile. Reverses adjudication A.H. committed what would be exploitation of an endangered adult as a Class A misdemeanor if committed by an adult. The state didn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that A.H. took advantage of Robert Barnhart’s mental and physical condition in securing loans and the State failed to prove that A.H.’s control over Barnhart’s property was unauthorized.

Remon Duke Phillips v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-0912-CR-723
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies strangulation and domestic battery.  

Larry H. Snyder v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1001-CR-138
Criminal. Affirms acceptance of guilty plea to Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

Joseph Trammell v. State of Indiana
(NFP)
49A05-0912-CR-708
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

James Edward Price v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A03-1001-CR-23
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A dealing in methamphetamine.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of E.L., et al.; M.B. v. I.D.C.S.
(NFP)
48A04-0912-JV-717
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Richard West v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-0912-CR-680
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Jeffery Rowe v. State of Indiana
(NFP)
46A03-0907-CR-344
Criminal. Affirms sentence on remand of an aggregate term of 70 years for Class A felonies robbery and burglary, and finding to be a habitual offender.

Olivia Vanbuskirk v. State of Indiana
(NFP)
49A02-0912-CR-1208
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molesting.

Shawn Christopher McWhorter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A01-0912-CR-573
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony criminal deviate conduct, and Class C felony robbery.

Andy C. Pitcher d/b/a Liberty Bell v. Berkley Risk Administrators Company, LLC., et al.
(NFP)
81A04-0908-CV-458
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for Berkley Risk Administrators Co. on Pitcher’s complaint alleging breach of contract.

Indiana Tax Court
Country Acres Limited Partnership v. Pleasant Township Assessor, and LaPorte County Assessor (NFP)
71T10-0903-TA-5
Tax. Affirms the Indiana Board of Tax Review didn’t err in rejecting an Indiana certified Level II assessor-appraiser’s use of an 11.35 percent capitalization rate. Reverses final determination of the market value-in-use of Country Acres’ complex and remands to the Indiana Board so it may instruct the appropriate assessing officials to assess the subject property consistent with the opinion.
 

The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer to 22 cases for the week ending July 16.
 

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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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