The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer late last week to three cases to rule on issues of double recovery, evidence obtained through search warrants, and emotional distress.
The court granted transfer to Ronald Mayes v. Second Injury Fund, No. 93A02-0702-EX-162, in which Mayes appealed the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board’s denial of his petition for compensation from the Second Injury Fund. Mayes argued his settlement with a third-party tortfeasor shouldn’t bar his recovery as a matter of law. At issue in the appeal is Indiana Code Section 22-3-2-13, which prevents double recovery. The Court of Appeals affirmed the board’s decision, finding Mayes failed to carry his burden to prove he was entitled to compensation from the fund, and even if he was, he failed to prove further compensation would not result in double recovery.
In Willie Eaton v. State, No. 89A04-0611-CR-641, the Court of Appeals reversed Eaton’s convictions of dealing cocaine and possession of marijuana following a jury trial because the evidence obtained during a second warrant was gained by the state because of the unlawful search of Eaton’s residence under the first warrant. The state’s request for the first warrant did not set forth facts that constitute probable cause to search Eaton’s home.
Finally, the court granted transfer by opinion in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. D.L.B., No. 89S05-0802-CV-102, and two other cases to decide the issue of emotional distress claims. The Supreme Court found D.L.B., a minor child, could not make a claim of emotional distress through State Farm because he was not directly involved in the accident he witnessed that killed his cousin. For more information on this case, read the Feb. 29 story from Indiana Lawyer Daily.