Supreme Court of Indiana Decisions 2022

In the Matter of Ralph Winston Staples
Date: November 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-DI-00476
Payne-Elliott v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Inc.  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CP-00302

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing this action under Indiana Trial Rule 12(B)(6) but modified the judgment to reflect that the dismissal was without prejudice, holding that the…

McCoy v. State  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00294

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's convictions for several drug-related offenses, holding that the trial court abused its discretion by admitting evidence obtained during a search of Defendant's home. Officer Cody…

624 Broadway, LLC v. Gary Housing Authority  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CT-00140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the the order of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of the Gary Housing Authority and dismissing allegations that the Housing Authority's notice of its administrative taking of…

Minges v. State  
Date: August 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court overruled State ex rel. Keaton v. Circuit Court of Rush County, 475 N.E.2d 1146 (Ind. 1985), which held that criminal trial courts do not have inherent authority to require the State to produce complete…

City Of Gary v. Nicholson  
Date: July 21, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-MI-00252

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this action in which Plaintiffs challenged the City of Gary's local ordinance designed to protect the rights of immigrants, holding that Plaintiffs lacked standing to bring this…

National Collegiate Athletic Ass'n v. Finnerty  
Date: July 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00409

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal the Supreme Court declined to adopt the apex doctrine, which can prevent parties from deposing top-level corporate executives absent the requesting party making certain initial showings,…

Miller v. State  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00059

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of six offenses, including unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in violation of Ind. Code 35-50-2-8, holding that none of Defendant's allegations…

State v. Neukam  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00567

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court against the State on the State's delinquency petition that it filed against Anthony Neukam, holding that neither the juvenile court nor the circuit court had…

Church v. State  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court declining to allow Defendant, who was charged with several counts of child molesting, from deposing the child victim under the recently-enacted Ind. Code…

Parks v. Illinois Casualty Co.  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-PL-00008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment for Illinois Casualty Company in this declaratory judgment action, holding that a liquor liability exclusion in the relevant policy…

Bruder v. Seneca Mortgage Services, LLC  
Date: June 14, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-PL-00195

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favor of Seneca Mortgage Services after finding that Neal Bruder breached the parties' consulting agreement by failing to pay the consultant's fee, holding…

In re Commitment of E.F.  
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-MH-00194

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of a panel of the court of appeals dismissing an appeal in this temporary commitment case on the grounds that the appeal was moot, holding that "public interest exception" to…

Holcomb v. Bray  
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-PL-00518

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the order of the trial court finding that HEA-1123 is constitutional, holding that Governor Eric J. Holcomb was not procedurally barred from seeking declaratory…

Fix v. State  
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for level-2 felony burglary while armed with a deadly weapon but reversed his sentence, holding that the length of Defendant's aggregate sentence exceeded the consecutive…

Strack v. State  
Date: May 2, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00137

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to four charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of marijuana, holding that any error was…

Ramirez v. State  
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00373

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of one count of felony child molestation, holding that the trial court denied Defendant's requests for a continuance. An impermissible local rule and an improperly…

In the Matter of Jared Michel Thomas
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-DI-00016
Community Health Network, Inc. v. McKenzie  
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 20S-CT-00648

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case where an employee of a health-care provider improperly accessed and disclosed information from numerous patients' medical records the Supreme Court held that the health-care provider was not liable.…

ResCare Health Services Inc. v. Indiana Family & Social Services Administration  
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-MI-00372

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court denying ResCare Health Service's request for a declaratory judgment, holding that ResCare sufficiently pleaded its declaratory judgment request. ResCare, which…

Abbott v. State  
Date: March 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-PL-00347

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court in this civil forfeiture action, holding that Appellant's designated evidence regarding the origins of much of his seized cash was…

Arrendale v. Orthopaedics Northeast, P.C.  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00370

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case considering Sword v. NKC Hospitals, Inc., 417 N.E.2d 142 (Ind. 1999), and the Restatement (Second) of Torts section 429's reasoning and application to a non-hospital diagnostic medical imaging center, the…

Wilson v. Anonymous Defendant 1  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00371

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Anonymous Defendant 1 - a physician group - in this vicarious liability case, holding that disputed issues of material fact existed,…

Conley v. State  
Date: March 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-PC-00256

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the post-conviction court concluding that Defendant did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel at sentencing, holding that Defendant did not receive ineffective…

Service Steel Warehouse Co., L.P. v. United States Steel Corp.  
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CC-00408

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute arising from a supplier's sale of steel for a project to a fabricator who did not perform any work on the project site, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court granting summary judgment…

Roetter v. Roetter  
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-DC-00568

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in this marital dissolution case, holding that a trial court need not follow a rigid, technical formula in dividing the marital estate so long as the court…

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor v. Duke Energy Indiana, LLC  
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-EX-00432

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed a portion of the utility regulatory commission's order that approved in part Duke Energy's request to increase its rates for retail consumers, holding that, absent specific statutory…

Lake Imaging LLC v. Franciscan Alliance, Inc.  
Date: March 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00478

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a breach of contract claim for failure to indemnify need not follow the procedures contained in the Medical Malpractice Act (MMA). While Joseph Shaughnessy was a patient at Franciscan…

Solarize Indiana, Inc. v. Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co.  
Date: March 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-EX-00236

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal brought by Solarize Indiana, Inc. seeking judicial review of the administration decision of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approving two filings submitted by…

In the Matter of Michael Christian Steele
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20S-DI-00474
Termination: S T v. Indiana Department of Child Services
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-JT-00077
In the Matter of Jason Michael Smith
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 20S-DI-00577
Progressive Southeastern Insurance Co. v. Brown  
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00496

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court held that the MCS-90 endorsement, which provides that if a motor vehicle is involved in an accident the insurer may be required to pay any final judgment against the insured…

Lake County Board of Commissioners v. State  
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-MI-00064

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that probation officers are state employees for purposes of Ind. Code 4-6-2-1.5, which requires the Attorney General to defend state employees, and that the statute applies to probation officers.…

Tyre Bradbury v. State of Indiana
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-PC-00441
Dewees v. State  
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's order denying Petitioner's motion for bond reduction or conditional pretrial release, holding that the General Assembly's recent codification of Criminal Rule 26 and the…

McDonald v. State  
Date: January 31, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00046

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court summarily affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals dismissing in part, affirming in part, and reversing in part the judgment of the trial court in this criminal case but reversed the court of…

In the Matter of the Certified Question: Kevin Isom v. Ron Neal
Date: January 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CQ-00545
Residences at Ivy Quad Unit Owners Ass'n, Inc. v. Ivy Quad Development, LLC  
Date: January 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-PL-00294

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the trial court granting dismissal of Plaintiff's claims for breach of the implied warranty of habitability and negligence as to four of the…

State v. Katz  
Date: January 18, 2022
Docket Number: 20S-CR-00632

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant's motion to dismiss the charges brought against him and finding that Ind. Code 35-45-4-8 violated the state and federal constitutions, holding…

WTHR-TV v. Hamilton Southeastern Schools  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-MI-00345

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court in favor of Hamilton Southeastern Schools (HSE) and dismissing WTHR-TV's complaint seeking documents in a HSE employee's personnel…

I J v. State of Indiana
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-JV-00014
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