Supreme Court of Indiana Decisions 2021

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 injur...

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 durin...

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 tri...

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 medical-p...

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 shares....

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 arbi...

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