Opinions July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
The following opinions were issued after IL deadline Wednesday.

U.S.A. v. Willie J. Harris
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Philip P. Simon
Criminal. Affirms convictions of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud with identification documents, production and trafficking in counterfeit devices, and aggravated identity theft. Finds a notebook taken from Harris’ truck was admissible at trial and the evidence was sufficient to support his convictions. Also finds the District Court did not err in applying sentencing enhancements.

Darryl Pierce and Sharon Pierce, et al. v. Visteon Corp. and Visteon Systems, LLC
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney. Affirms a District Court ruling denying an increase in legal fees for class counsel Ronald Welty, who sought a share of his clients’ compensation on top of compensation ordered under a fee-shifting statute. Holds that clients not be ordered to pay counsel from a class-action damages award when counsel is compensated under a fee-shifting award.

July 2, 2015
Indiana Court of Appeals
Town of Fortville v. Certain Fortville Annexation Territory Landowners
Miscellaneous/annexation. Reversed trial court denial of annexation, finding the court erred when it found Fortville had not presented evidence that the area to be annexed was needed and can be used for Fortville’s future development. Remands for further proceedings.

David Butler v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts each of Class C felony robbery and Class D felony official misconduct.