APRIL 2002 SITTING OF THE SUPREME COURT




Kenneth R. Chaffee, M.D. v. Heather L. Seslar

Thursday, April 4, 2002 at 9:30 a.m.

After a sterilization procedure performed by Defendant, Plaintiff became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy child. Plaintiff asserts that Defendant committed medical malpractice. The Dekalb Circuit Court held that Plaintiff could recover child-rearing expenses if she prevails. The Court of Appeals affirmed, see Chaffee v. Seslar, 751 N.E.2d 773 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001), and Defendant seeks transfer of the appeal to the Supreme Court.


                Attorneys for Chaffee
                Edward L. Murphy, Jr.
                Diana C. Bauer
                Fort Wayne, IN

                Attorney for Seslar
                John C. Grimm
                Auburn, IN

            





Estate of Eryk T. Heck v. Raymond E. Stoffer, et al.

Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 9:30 a.m.

The Estate of Heck filed a wrongful death action against the Stoffers after Heck, a deputy sheriff, was shot by the Stoffers’ adult son with a handgun owned by the Stoffers. The Allen Circuit Court dismissed the wrongful death complaint. A divided Court of Appeals affirmed, concluding in part that under the facts plead, the Stoffers did not owe Heck a duty of care. See Estate of Heck v. Stoffer, 752 N.E.2d 192 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001). The Supreme Court has granted transfer.


Attorneys for Estate of Heck
Holly A. Brady
John C. Theisen
Fort Wayne, IN

Attorneys for Raymond and Patricia Stoffer
Jeffrey P. Smith
David K. Hawk
Fort Wayne, IN

Attorneys for Ray Stoffer & Son Construction, Inc.
Thomas W. Belleperche
Brian L. England
Fort Wayne, IN