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Opinions Oct. 25, 2012

October 25, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Ken Nunn Law Office
49A02-1202-CT-68
Civil tort. Reverses denial of State Farm’s motion for summary judgment on the law office’s attempt to recover attorney fees and remands for further proceedings. The law office may not seek payment of a former client’s attorney fees from State Farm under an equitable attorney fee lien or based on a theory of quantum meruit.

Sharhonda Gunn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1202-CR-157
Criminal. Affirms conviction of battery as a Class D felony.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: D.C.; M.C.; M.G.; & L.C. (Minor Children) and T.G. (mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
36A01-1204-JT-150
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

William A. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
40A05-1204-CR-210
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony operating while intoxicated and Class B misdemeanor false informing.

Ira W. Huth v. DKR Mortgage Asset Trust 1 (NFP)
64A03-1203-MF-117
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms denial of Huth’s motion for relief from judgment.

Nicolette Deal v. Tyce Deal (NFP)
71A04-1204-DR-178
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Nicolette Deal’s motion objecting to the jurisdiction of the court.

Bart Bell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A05-1204-CR-219
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following guilty plea to Class D felony theft.

Shane Harrold v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1206-PC-518
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
 

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