Opinions Jan. 5, 2015

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The following opinions were released Dec. 31 after IL deadline:
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

State Farm Life Insurance Co. v. Troy Jonas et al.
Civil tort. Vacates judgment of District Court and remands with instructions to dismiss for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. Finds no justiciable controversy existed when Jonas filed his lawsuit against State Farm. Concluded that the disputes about the rate of interest and whether the insurance company must pay the attorney fees that Jonas has incurred in this litigation do not retroactively create jurisdiction.

Indiana Tax Court
Virginia Garwood v. Indiana Department of State Revenue
Tax. Denies state’s motion from summary judgment from Garwood’s claim that she is owed a refund of $122,684.50 – the value of dogs seized from an alleged puppy mill operation under tax warrants later ruled invalid. The court cannot conclude that the Department of Revenue properly denied Garwood’s refund claim as a matter of law. Garwood’s claim for compensatory damages will be heard in the Tax Court without a jury.


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