Supreme Court reverses course, denies transfer in dental dispute

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The Indiana Supreme Court has decided not to assume jurisdiction and instead reinstated an opinion from the Court of Appeals of Indiana in a dispute between a dentist and her former employer.

An order signed by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush on June 10 notes the court originally granted the petition for transfer in Family Dental Care, P.C. v. Christine Mousa, 180 N.E.3d 383 (Ind. Ct. App. 2021).

Dr. Christine Mousa had been awarded $94,466 in unpaid wages, prejudgment interest and liquidated damages after Family Dental Care terminated her employment. The Court of Appeals partially affirmed but reversed the grant of liquidated damages to Mousa.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week but, according to the order, after a discussion among the justices, the court “determined that it should not assume jurisdiction over this appeal … .”

Consequently, the Supreme Court’s order in Family Dental Care, P.C. v. Christine Mousa, 22S-PL-141, has been vacated and transfer denied while the COA opinion was reinstated as precedent.

Justices Steven David and Christopher Goff dissented from the denial of transfer, but neither wrote separately.

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