Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of Kenneth E. Lauter
Discipline. A per curiam decision publicly reprimands attorney Kenneth E. Lauter of Morgan County because he didn’t indicate to the client what the additional retainer should be or how it would be determined, thus violating Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 1.5 (b) and (c).
Justices Brent Dickson and Robert Rucker dissented, believing that the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission did not prove a charged violation by clear and convincing evidence and that the hearing officer correctly found no violation and recommended a finding in favor of Lauter.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Beverly S. Brown, et al.
Civil. Affirms trial court ruling that the Adult Wrongful Death Statute does allow compensation for attorney fees and other costs.
Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of D.B. and A.B.; R.B. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.
Gordon Northrup, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court properly denied motion for sentence modification.
Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.