Supreme Court of Indiana Decisions 2020

Johnson v. State  
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-CR-61

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the trial court denying Defendant's request to file a belated notice of appeal of his twelve-year sentence, holding that the general waiver of Defendant's "right to appeal" was...

Jackson v. State  
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-CR-315

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court revised Defendant's sentence for three counts of level 3 felony rape but otherwise affirmed the court of appeals' decision affirming Defendant's convictions and sentence, holding that exceeding the sent...

Payne v. State  
Date: May 18, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-CR-313

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's guilty but mentally ill (GBMI) conviction to find him not guilty of reason of insanity (NGRI), holding that the State presented insufficient demeanor evidence with which to rebut th...

In the Matter of Curtis T. Hill, Jr.  
Date: May 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-DI-156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court found that Respondent, the Attorney General of Indiana, committed acts of misdemeanor battery, conduct that violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 8.4(b) and 8.4(d), and that Respondent should be s...

FMS Nephrology Partners North Central Indiana Dialysis Centers, LLC v. Meritain Health, Inc.  
Date: May 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-PL-302

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendants, holding that the trial court erred by entering summary judgment for defendant health-insurance plans, which were governed by the Emplo...

In the Matter of Scott J. Lennox
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-DI-628
R.L. v. Indiana Department of Child Services & Child Advocates, Inc.  
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-JC-296

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the juvenile court finding that R.L. was a child in need of services (CHINS), holding that the Department of Child Services (DCS) should have been barred from filing a successiv...

J.C. v. Indiana Department of Child Services  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-JT-235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals that a parent is not entitled to dismissal of a termination of parental rights petition due to the juvenile court's failure to complete a hearing within the...

Perkins v. Memorial Hospital of South Bend  
Date: March 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-CT-233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's wrongful termination claim, holding that the record did not s...

Robertson v. State  
Date: March 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-PL-432

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court denying a county bookkeeper's motion to dismiss the claims brought against it by the Indiana Attorney General for misappropriation o...

City of New Albany v. Board of Commissioners of County of Floyd  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-MI-674

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the ownership of a criminal justice center the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court ordering that the title of the center be given to Floyd County, holding that the turn-over provis...

Salyer v. Washington Regular Baptist Church Cemetery  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-PL-102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the trial court concluding that Plaintiff, who purchased a gravesite and later discovered that the cemetery resold the gravesite and allowed someone else to be buried th...

In the Matter of Raymond Gupta
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-DI-71
Burton v. Benner  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-CT-549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court awarding summary judgment in favor of Indiana State Trooper Martin Benner and dismissing Plaintiff's claim against Benner in his personal capacity after the two...

Cavanaugh's Sports Bar & Eatery, Ltd. v. Porterfield  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-CT-88

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court denying Cavanaugh's Sports Bar & Eatery's motion for summary judgment as to Eric Porterfield's complaint alleging...

Estabrook v. Mazak Corp  
Date: March 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-CQ-590

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered in the negative a question certified from the federal district court and held that Ind. Code 34-20-3-1(b) is a statute of repose that cannot be extended by a manufacturer's post-delivery repair...

Heuring v. State  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-CR-528

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized from his home and his father's barn, holding that the search warrants obtained in this case were invalid beca...

In re M.S.  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-JC-505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court denying Mother's motion to dismiss the petition filed by the Department of Child Services (DCS) alleging M.S. was a child in need of services (CHINS), holding th...

Collins Asset Group, LLC v. Alkhemer Alialy  
Date: February 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-CC-531

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court dismissing a lender's complaint seeking to recover on an accelerated promissory note, holding that, under either of two statutes of limitations, the lender can asse...

Blair v. EMC Mortgage, LLC  
Date: February 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-MF-530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court foreclosing a mortgage but finding that Lender was entitled to recover only payments and interest that accrued after a certain date due to Indiana's six-year sta...

S.H. v. D.W.  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-PO-118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court entering a second two-year protective order against Respondent, holding that there was insufficient evidence showing that Respondent presented a present, credibl...

In the Matter of Joseph W. Burton
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19S-DI-309
In the Matter of Nicole D. Fraley
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18S-DI-304
In re Adoption of C.A.H. v. R.S.E.  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 20S-AD-5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court's finding that Father's consent to the adoption of his child was irrevocably implied in this contested adoption proceeding, holding that a parent's implied consent to the adopti...

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