Supreme Court of Indiana Decisions 2021

Clark County REMC v. Reis  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00343

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the trial court granting summary judgment to Plaintiffs in this dispute over whether a board policy created a binding contract with the former directors of the board of a county…

K.G. v. Smith  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00561

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this case brought by K.G.'s parent, who alleged that she suffered emotional distress as a result of the sexual…

Hall v. State  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-LW-00660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and sentencing her to life without parole for her murder charge and to thirty-five years'…

Lowe v. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District  
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court granting summary judgment for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and dismissing Clarence Lowe's tort claim, holding that the District is a…

Ladra v. State  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that when the government knows of an existing defect in a public thoroughfare and when it has ample opportunity to respond, immunity does not apply under the Indiana Tort Claims Act simply because…

Staat v. Indiana Department of Transportation  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00240

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of the government and dismissing Plaintiff's claim that the negligence of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in…

Wilkes v. Celadon Group, Inc.  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19S-CT-00564

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment for a shipper and its agent and against a commercial truck driver who sustained injuries when his cargo fell on him, holding that this…

In the Matter of P. Adam Davis
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-DI-00027
Griffin v. Menard Inc.  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00119

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendant in this personal injury case, holding that the trial court did not err. Plaintiffs were shopping for a sink in Menard, Inc. when a box…

Rotert v. Stiles  
Date: October 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-TR-00452

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court granting Defendant's motion for summary judgment in this dispute over a challenged provision in a revocable trust, holding that the challenged provision was not…

Miller v. Patel  
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00455

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate panel affirming the decision of the trial court to deny Appellant's request to amend her complaint alleging negligence against numerous healthcare providers to…

Bradbury v. State  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-PC-00441

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the post-conviction court concluding that Defendant's counsel was not ineffective during his criminal proceedings, holding that counsel provided constitutionally effective…

Ramirez v. State  
Date: September 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-LW-00430

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murdering twenty-three-month-old P.H. and neglecting three-year-old R.H., resulting in serious bodily injury, holding that none of the…

Southlake Indiana LLC v. Lake County Assessor  
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-TA-00239

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that when a property's assessment increases by more than five percent over the previous year and the Indiana Board of Tax Review finds incorrect both parties' assessment, a statutory clause…

Reece v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00435

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment on Plaintiff's negligence claim based on a determination that no duty was owed in this case, holding that there was no…

Culver Community Teachers Ass'n v. Indiana Education Employment Relations Board  
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-PL-00064

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying a petition for judicial review of the finding of the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board that four Teachers Associations and their respective…

Larkin v. State  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00427

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of involuntary manslaughter as a lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter, holding that the district court did not err in instructing the jury on involuntary…

Bunnell v. State  
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00139

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress on the grounds that the affidavit supporting the search warrant failed to specify the deputies' "training and experience"…

Blackford v. Welborn Clinic  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00085

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court granting summary judgment to Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's fraudulent concealment claim, holding that Plaintiff's claim was untimely. Plaintiff, having been…

Renner v. Shepard-Bazant  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the trial court awarding Plaintiff $132,000 in damages in connection with her negligence complaint, holding that the trial court erred in failing to apply the…

Muir Woods Section One Ass'n Inc. v. Marion County Assessor  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-TA-00158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this property valuation matter for further proceedings, holding that the use of a now-defunct tax appeal form challenging assessments to certain homeowners' association lands for the years…

In the Matter of Michael Christian Steele
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19S-DI-00427
Cutchin v. Beard  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CQ-00048

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted a question certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and answered that the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act applies when a plaintiff alleges that a qualified…

Isom v. State  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 45S00-1508-PD-00508

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the post-conviction court denying Appellant's petition for post-conviction relief raising challenges to the effectiveness or his trial and appellate counsel, holding that…

Berg v. Berg  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-DC-00320

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court finding that Husband had breached a provision of the parties' settlement agreement entered into during their dissolution of marriage action, holding that the…

State v. Jones  
Date: June 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court directing the State to produce a confidential informant (CI) for a face-to-face interview with Defendant's counsel, holding that because the trial court did not…

Temme v. State  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00310

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion arguing that he should receive credit time from the date of his erroneous release through his readmission to the Department of…

City of Marion v. London Witte Group, LLC  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-MI-00567

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of an appellate panel finding that the City of Marion's claims alleging corruption in the old City administration were time barred, holding that, under…

In the Matter of Robert Dale Cheesebourough
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-DI-00377
State v. Timbs  
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-MI-00289

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ruled that the forfeiture of Tyson Timbs's his white Land Rover was unconstitutional, holding that Timbs met his high burden to show that the harshness of his Land Rover's forfeiture was grossly…

State v. Diego  
Date: June 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court suppressing statements made by Defendant during a police interview, holding that the circumstances did not amount to a custodial interrogation. At issue was…

Combs v. State  
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-CR-00616

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress the fruits of an inventory search of the company van he was driving, holding that the van's seizure and search were…

Wright v. State  
Date: May 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-LW-00260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court denying Defendant's request to represent himself during trial, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's request to…

State v. Ellis  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized during the search of his home, holding that a waiver of the "right against search and seizure" clearly…

New Nello Operating Co., Inc. v. CompressAir  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-CC-00578

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court for CompressAir and thus rejected CompressAir's claim that a certain transfer was fraudulent and remanded with instructions to enter judgment for New Nello…

Branscomb v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P.  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-CQ-00515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered in the negative a certified question as to whether a store manager can be held liable for negligence when he is not directly involved in the accident at issue. In the underlying personal…

Harris v. State  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-CR-00546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of attempted murder, holding that the trial court did not err in not allowing Defendant's mother as a witness to stay in the courtroom…

G&G Oil Co. of Indiana v. Continental Western Insurance Co.  
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-PL-00617

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Continental Western Insurance Company and dismissing G&G Oil Company of Indiana's claim for losses from a ransomware attack, holding that…

Michael Poore, et al. v. Indianapolis Public Schools
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00105
DANNY LEE WILLIAMS v. State of Indiana
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00113
In the Matter of Michael Allen Blickman
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18S-DI-00553
J.P. v. V.B.  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-AD-00090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the trial court finding that Mother's consent was not required for the adoption of her child, holding that sufficient evidence supported the trial court's determinations. The…

City of Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals v. UJ-Eighty Corp.  
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-PL-00077

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court reversing the order of the City of Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) affirming the decision of the City of Bloomington citing UJ-Eighty Corporation for a…

Cooper's Hawk Indianapolis, LLC v. Ray  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00056

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal from the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion for summary judgment, holding that the appeal was forfeited. Plaintiff was injured when she…

In the Matter of Bradley David Cooper
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19S-DI-00418
Tate v. State  
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19S-LW-00444

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of molesting and murdering an eighteen-month-old boy, holding that the trial court did not commit fundamental error by admitting improper character evidence and…

Hartman v. BigInch Fabricators & Construction Holding Co.  
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20S-PL-00618

Justia Opinion Summary: In this challenge to an appraiser's valuation of corporate shares, the Supreme Court held that the shareholder agreement's valuation term clearly contemplated a fair market valuation of the selling shareholder's…

Rodriquez Anderson v. State of Indiana
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00028
Doe v. Carmel Operator, LLC  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00015

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving an agreement to arbitrate, the Supreme Court reiterated the elements of equitable estoppel required for an outside party not contemplated by the agreement to enforce an arbitration clause against a…

Doe v. Carmel Operator, LLC  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21S-CT-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the determination of the trial court that Jane Doe could compel her legal guardian (Guardian) to arbitrate her claims against it and affirmed the trial court's order compelling Guardian to…

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