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Opinions May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Belinda Douglas v. Neil Spicer and L.S.
32A01-1309-JP-403
Juvenile. Affirms order that Spicer pay $6,600 in back child support. The trial court did not err when it determined that father’s court-ordered child support obligation terminated after 33 weeks in October 2005.

Don Morris v. Biosafe Engineering, LLC
32A04-1306-PL-321
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for BioSafe Engineering. Morris unambiguously abandoned his shareholder derivative claim against BioSafe, therefore, he was stopped from asserting a claim he had abandoned.

In re the Paternity of D.M.: J.W. v. C.M.
10A01-1306-JP-253
Juvenile.  Reverses denial of J.W.’s motion to dismiss the state’s verified petition for the establishment of paternity alleging he was the father of C.M.’s stillborn child. The state had no authority to bring this action and the trial court erred in allowing it to proceed.

In the Matter of: A.P. (Minor Child), Child in Need of Services and J.H. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
49A02-1309-JC-785
Juvenile.  Affirms adjudication that A.P. is a child in need of services.

Michael Seacat v. Goodrich Corporation (NFP)
93A02-1310-EX-910
Agency action. Affirms denial of application for workers’ compensation benefits.

The Indiana Supreme Court and 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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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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