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Opinions Sept. 12, 2011

September 12, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Kevin B. Arnett v. Thomas A. Webster, M.D., et al.
09-3280
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms dismissal of the non-medical defendants from Arnett’s Bivens action for cruel and unusual punishment while he was in prison. Finds Arnett properly stated a claim against the medical defendants Beighley, Dr. Wilson, and Paul-Blanc and reverses dismissal with regards to those three. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Dr. Webster because Arnett failed to meet his burden to submit evidence upon which a reasonable jury could find that the doctor acted with deliberate indifference. Remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Katherine Farley and James Paul v. Hammond Sanitary District
45A05-1008-CT-481
Civil tort. Affirms striking of engineer Michael Williams’ statement regarding the sanitary district’s duty to exercise care, but the trial court abused its discretion in striking Williams’ statement claiming the district didn’t properly clean its sewers and keep them free of debris. Affirms summary judgment for the district on the claims for an unconstitutional taking as the sewage infiltration was brief in nature and didn’t rise to the level of a compensable taking under the Takings Clause. Reverses summary judgment for the district on the plaintiffs’ tort claims on the grounds of immunity and on the claims for negligence. There is a dispute of fact as to whether inadequate maintenance played a role in the sewer backups into homes. Remands for further proceedings. Judge Vaidik dissents.

Maria Lopez Garcia v. Agile Resources Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1012-EX-1425
Agency appeal. Affirms denial of application for adjustment of claim.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court granted four transfers and denied 23 for the week ending Sept. 9, 2011.

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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.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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