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June 2, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court
Thomas A. Neu, Elizabeth A. Neu, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Brett Gibson
49S02-0910-CV-442
Civil. Affirms trial court’s finding that the Neus were not entitled to interest, attorney fees, and costs and that they could not foreclose on their own home or force a sheriff’s sale of the property. When the Neus purchased their home from John Nowak, the title search did not reveal a mortgage held by Gibson. The Supreme Court also finds the Neus had other options than foreclosing on the home or forcing a sheriff’s sale: they could have sold the house without court action, or taken the matter up with the title insurance company that didn’t find the Gibson mortgage when they bought the home.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Alan Kelly v. Julie Kelly (NFP)
12A05-0912-CV-703
Civil. Affirms marriage dissolution decree entered by the trial court in dissolution proceedings initiated by Julie Kelly. Alan Kelly appealed the entering of the decree based on the following issues: the trial court’s awarding custody of the parties’ minor child to Julie; the trial court’s discretion in dividing the marital property; and the trial court’s discretion in awarding $9,000 to Julie for attorney’s fees.

Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions before 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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