Opinions Oct. 25, 2010

October 25, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Alesa Pack v. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of Medicaid benefits. The administrative law judge’s decision is defective for failing to consider the totality of the evidence provided and in its presentation of and engagement with the findings of basic fact when applying the law to reach a finding of ultimate fact that Pack’s health conditions didn’t substantially impair her ability to work. Remands to the ALJ for further proceedings.

Tyree L. Thomas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms order Thomas serve the remainder of his sentence incarcerated after violating his probation.

Willie Ferrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Parr Richey Obremskey & Morton and Kent M. Frandsen v. Biomet, Inc. (NFP)
Civil tort. Affirms entry of partial summary judgment on duty and breach on Biomet’s complaint for legal malpractice and remands for a trial concerning proximate cause and damages.

Duward T. Roby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Remands with orders to vacate three of Roby’s Class B felony robbery convictions and sentences, and to revise his sentence so the habitual offender finding enhances the sentence for his remaining Class B felony robbery conviction.

Runningman, LLC, v. The Nagsak Company of West Lafayette, Inc., Joshua Nagy and Robert Sak (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of Runningman’s complaint against The Nagsak Company of West Lafayette, Nagy, and Sak for breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and violation of the Indiana Franchise Disclosure Act.

David L. Lind and Edward D. Deters v. New Albany Floyd County Dept. of Parks and Recreation (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms the use of eminent domain for some of Lind and Deters’ lands for a public park.

Halifax Financial Group, LP v. Capital Imp. Bd. of Mgrs. of Marion Co. and Marion Co. Convention and Recreational Facilities Authority (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for the Capital Improvement Board and the Marion County Convention and Recreational Facilities Authority in Halifax’s suit to recover possession of real estate, removing them from the land, and order the removal of a parking garage built on the land.

S.H.P. v. S.P. (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms grant of custody to father S.P.

Rodrigo Medrano, Jr., v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of carrying a handgun while having a prior felony conviction as a Class C felony and possession of marijuana while having a prior conviction as a Class D felony.

The Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court granted 6 transfers and denied 26 for the week ending Oct. 22.


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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