Opinions Feb. 21, 2019

Indiana Court of Appeals 
Ryan A. Benefiel v. Junko M. Stalker

Juvenile paternity. Affirms the Hamilton Circuit Court’s order that Ryan Benefiel pay $20,000 in attorney’s fees incurred by Junko Makiah Stalker during their paternity action. Finds Benefiel’s behavior caused additional attorney fees to be incurred by Stalker. Also finds the parties’ economic conditions support an award of attorney’s fees. 
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Opinions Feb. 20, 2019

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jonathon Barthalow v. State of Indiana

Criminal. Affirms Jonathon Barthalow’s conviction of Level 3 felony burglary. Finds there is sufficient evidence to support Barthalow’s conviction. Finds the Wayne Circuit Court did not commit fundamental error in failing to provide the jury with the definition of bodily injury.
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Opinions Feb. 19, 2019

Indiana Court of Appeals 
Darlene Perkins v. Kathy Fillio

Civil plenary. Reverses and remands the Washington Circuit Court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of Kathy Fillio and against Darlene Perkins. Finds the trial court erred in granting summary judgment in favor of Fillio on Perkins’s premises liability claim due to the existence of genuine issues of material fact. Also finds Perkins did not designate evidence sufficient to generate a genuine issue of material fact as to negligent entrustment or negligent supervision, nor did she preserve her claim of vicarious liability for appellate review.
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Opinions Feb. 18, 2019

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Parent-Child Relationship of Ma.H., Le.H., Lo.H., W.H., La.H., Me.H., and S.W. (Children) and M.H. (Father) and R.H. (Mother); et al. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services

Juvenile termination of parental rights. Reverses and remands the Wells Circuit Court’s termination of M.H. and R.H.’s parental rights to their seven children. Finds the trial court’s requirement that M.H. admit to sexually abusing stepdaughter R.W. as part of sex offender treatment violated his Fifth Amendment rights. Remands for reinstatement of the CHINS cases, a re-examination of the requirements for reunification and a revised dispositional order outlining the services consistent with the holdings in the opinion that M.H. and R.H. must complete to reunify with the children. Judge Margret Robb dissents with separate opinion. 
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Opinions Feb. 15, 2019

The following 7th Circuit Court opinions were posted after IL deadline Thursday.
ARC Welding Supply, Co. Inc. v. American Welding & Gas, Inc.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division. Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Affirms the Southern District Court’s entry of judgment in favor of American Welding & Gas Inc. and the award of damages in the amount of $33,765.52, plus interest. Finds the court did not err in basing its damage award on a $125 cylinder valuation. Also finds American’s agreement with ARC Welding Supply Co. does not contain language that would require its audit to be completed within 180 days, nor that $150,000 be owed to ARC if American fails to complete the audit by that deadline.
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Opinions Feb. 14, 2019

The following 7th Circuit Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday.
Red Barn Motors, Inc. v. NextGear Capital, Inc.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Vacates the Southern District Court’s decision to rescind class certification for Red Barns Motors’ numerous claims against NextGear Capital, including breach of contract, constructive fraud and RICO violations and conspiracy. Finds the district court’s denial of the class certification lacks sufficient reasoning and explanation. Remands for further proceedings.
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Opinions Feb. 13, 2019

Indiana Court of Appeals
State of Indiana v. D.R.

Juvenile. Affirms the Vigo Circuit Court’s denial of the state’s motion to waive D.R. to adult court on an allegation that he committed what would be Level 5 felony reckless homicide if committed by an adult. The trial court’s determination that D.R. overcame the presumption of waiver is not against the facts and circumstances of the case. Denies D.R.’s motion to dismiss the state’s interlocutory appeal, finding the state was permitted to appeal the denial of waiver under the circumstance of the case.
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Opinions Feb. 12, 2019

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Danny Ray v. Nancy Berryhill

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman.
Civil. Vacates the denial of supplemental security income and disability insurance benefits to Danny Ray, finding an administrative law judge erroneously discredited Ray, failed to treat his prior job as “composite,” and improperly assessed his functional abilities compared to the job requirements for a bus monitor in the general economy. Remands to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana with instructions to remand the case to the Social Security Administration for further proceedings.
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Opinions Feb. 11, 2019

The following 7th Circuit Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Friday.
Ronnie L. Winsted, Jr. v. Nancy A. Berryhill

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division. Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore.
Civil. Remands the denial of Ronnie Winsted’s application for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. Finds the administrative law judge did not consider Winsted’s difficulties with concentration, persistence, and pace. Finds the ALJ did not adequately explain how the limitations he placed on Winsted’s residual functional capacity accounted for his concentration-functioning difficulties. Remands to the Social Security Administration.
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Opinions Feb. 8, 2019

Indiana Court of Appeals 
Bryan Alexander, Karl Cameron, William Love, Charlie Lovins, Kevin McMurray and Matt Oelker, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated v. Linkmeyer Development II, LLC, et al.

Civil plenary. Affirms the denial of a motion for summary judgment brought by a class of laborers formerly employed by Linkmeyer Development II, LLC and its members Steve Linkmeyer and Brian Bischoff and the partial grant of summary judgment to Linkmeyer Development, Linkmeyer and Bischoff on an unjust enrichment claim. Also affirms the partial denial of Linkmeyer Development, Linkmeyer and Bischoff’s summary judgment motion on claims brought under Indiana wage laws. Finds the Dearborn Circuit Court did not err. Judge John Baker concurs in part and dissents in part with separate opinion
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