Alebro v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (Ind. Ct. App. April 18, 2012) In this case, the Court of Appeals reversed the Review Board’s grant of unemployment benefits, holding that if an employee’s explanation for the behavior that led to termination is a different terminable offense, the employer has just cause to terminate the employee.
Westmoreland v. State (Ind. Ct. App. April 17, 2012) This case is Indiana's Court of Appeals' first in-depth discussion of the SCOTUS decision in Arizona v. Johnson, 555 U.S. 323 (2009), which addressed the authority of police officers to conduct pat-down searches of vehicle passengers after routine traffic stops.
The Estate of Smith v. Stutzman (Ind. Ct. App. March 23, 2012) In this case, the Court of Appeals held that the trial court properly set aside a default judgment entered against an employer on a claim brought by an employee who claimed he was injured due to the employer’s negligence.
State Mutual Insurance Company v. Flexdar, Inc. (Ind. March 22, 2012) In a 3-2 decision, our Supreme Court held that the pollution exclusion in the Defendant’s commercial general liability policy was ambiguous and therefore provided coverage for the Plaintiff’s costs of cleaning up trichloroethylene that was present in its soil and groundwater.
Chaney v. Clarion Health Partners, Inc. (Ind. Ct. App. March 22, 2012) In this case, the Court of Appeals affirmed its initial order awarding appellate fees and costs but modified its published decision based on two errors pointed out by the parties seeking rehearing.
Lakes v. Grange Mutual Casualty Company (Ind. March 20, 2012) This case is one of several Indiana Appellate decisions addressing the phrase “coverage available for payment to the insured” and the Underinsured Motorist Statute, I.C. §27-7-5-4.
Indiana Farm Bureau Ins. Co. v. Harleysville Ins. Co. (Ind. Ct. App. March 16, 2012) Insurance coverage dispute regarding coverage for proceedings related to the remediation of contamination at a gas station gave the Court of Appeals the opportunity to discuss the known loss doctrine and the reasonable notice requirement present in most general liability policies.
Messer v. New Albany Police Department (Ind. Ct. App. March 15, 2012) This case addressed the interaction of the First Amendment right to free speech and the government’s authority to regulate the speech of its own employees.
In re T.M. (Ind. March 13, 2012) and In re K.D. (Ind. March 13, 2012) These companion cases addressed the procedural due process safeguards required in CHINS cases. Specifically, the cases held that parents who request a contested fact-finding hearing have a constitutional due process right to such a hearing.
Garrett v. State (Ind. Ct. App. March 7, 2012) The Court of Appeals held it was reversible error to refuse to instruct the jury on the lesser-included offense of possession of methamphetamine in addition to the charge of dealing methamphetamine.
Thatcher v. City of Kokomo (Ind. March 6, 2012) In this case, the Indiana Supreme Court answered two certified questions from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana regarding the 1977 Fund, a disability and pension fund for police officers and firefighters
Hanna v. Indiana Farms Mutual Insurance Company (Ind. Ct. App. Feb. 29, 2012) This case involves an underinsured motorists (UIM) claim brought by the parents of a child killed in a two-car collision during a drag race.
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