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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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