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Opinions Sept. 29, 2011

September 29, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Cedar Farm, Harrison County Inc. v. Louisville Gas and Electric Co.
10-2234
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge David F. Hamilton.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for Louisville Gas and Electric on Cedar Farm’s attempt to eject Louisville Gas and Electric from its property and to terminate an oil and gas lease for violations of certain portions of the lease. The lease allows for a damages remedy and Cedar Farm hasn’t show that damages are inadequate to compensate for the harm to its property.

Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of Everett E. Powell, II
49S00-0910-DI-426
Discipline. Suspends Powell for at least 120 days without automatic reinstatement for collecting a clearly unreasonable and exploitive fee from a vulnerable client in violation of Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 1.5(a).

Indiana Court of Appeals
N.W. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
65A01-1101-JT-7
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Jenna L. Zent, et al. Stallard & Associates, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1012-PL-1364
Civil plenary. Dismisses Zent’s appeal of summary judgment in favor of Stallard & Associates on Zent’s complaint relating to a landlord-tenant dispute.

B.P. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1101-JV-33
Juvenile. Remands with instructions to correct dispositional orders and CCS entries made to reflect B.P.’s adjudication.

Bryan J. Fields v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1102-CR-101
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at 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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