Opinions 7/1/15

July 1, 2015

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
The following opinion was issued after IL deadline Tuesday.
David Lawson v. Sun Microsystems, Inc.
13-1502 and 13-1503
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Chief Judge Richard Young
Civil. Reverses jury award to Lawson for $1.5 million and remands with instructions to enter judgment for Sun Microsystems. Finds the employee compensation plan that was instituted when Sun acquired StorageTek Inc., is unambiguous and Lawson is not entitled to the jury award of $1.5 million.  

Indiana Court of Appeals
Joseph M. Johnson, III v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor. Rejects the argument by Johnson, a Decatur attorney, that the trespassing statute is unconstitutional as applied in his case. Finds Johnson did stand in the threshold of his former girlfriend’s apartment. She had repeatedly asked him to leave her alone. Concludes Johnson’s belief that he had a right to stand in the doorway of his girlfriend’s apartment and that she did not have the authority to order him to leave is not reasonable.

Jeffrey Billeaud, Jr. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)

Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury and Class D felony resisting law enforcement.

J.B. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication constituting Class D felony theft if committed by an adult and Class A misdemeanor dangerous possession of a firearm.

Paul Jackson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery.

In re the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of D.V., L.P.V., and J.M., Minor Children, T.F. (Mother) and L.V. (Father) v. Ind. Dept. Child Services et al (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Relationship of Je.Q., Ja.Q., and N.Q., Children, and T.Q.(Mother) & A.Q. (Father) v. The Ind. Dept. of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.