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Opinions Sept. 3, 2010

September 3, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Trent L. Chapin v. Fort-Rohr Motors Inc.
09-1347
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Civil. Reverses denial of Fort-Rohr’s motion for judgment as a matter of law after a jury found in Chapin’s favor in his retaliation suit. Fort-Rohr was entitled to judgment as a matter of law because Chapin did not produce sufficient evidence to support an actual or constructive discharge.

Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of Anonymous
No. 10S00-1006-DI-288
Discipline. The high court privately reprimands a Clark County attorney for violating Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 5.5(a) for assisting in the unauthorized practice of law in this state. Respondent agreed to serve as local counsel for Kentucky attorney John Redelberger who represented an Indiana client. Once in court, the judge informed Respondent that Redelberger was not licensed to practice law in Indiana. Respondent told Redelberger he must seek temporary admission and sent Redelberger a copy of the applicable rule; however neither followed through on obtaining temporary admission. The Supreme Court noted that Indiana attorneys serving as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys are hereby advised of the importance of their duty to ensure complete and timely compliance with all the requirements of Admission and Discipline Rule 3(2).

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Unsupervised Estate of Judith E. Phillips v. Rainer Assmann (NFP)
40A05-1001-EU-33
Estate, Unsupervised. Affirms trial court judgment in favor of Assmann for $34,514.04, concluding it did not abuse its discretion in ruling on the competence of Assmann’s testimony under the Dead Man’s Statute.

Daniel E. Hoagland, et al. v. Dorothy H. Mosier, et al. (NFP)
76A03-0911-CV-521
Civil. Affirms trial court’s judgment approving a signed memorandum of agreement and quieting title to each party’s lot.

Ahmed Bellamy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1002-CR-54
Criminal. Affirms trial court order that Bellamy serve the remainder of his outstanding sentence imposed after his probation revocation.

The following opion was posted after IL deadline Thursday.

Indiana Tax Court
6787 Steelworkers Hall, Inc. v. John R. Scott, Assessor of Porter County
No. 49T10-0906-TA-27
Tax. Affirms Indiana Board of Tax Review’s determination that Local 6787’s banquet facility is not predominately used for education or charitable purposes and therefore is 100 percent taxable.
 

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  1. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  2. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  3. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  4. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  5. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

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