OCTOBER 2003 SITTING

OF THE INDIANA SUPREME COURT



Wednesday, October 1, 2003

The argument will be conducted at the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

10:30 a.m.     Board of School Commissioners v. Michael Walpole

The Marion Superior Court issued an order enjoining the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from proceeding with a hearing on a teacher termination until discovery could be completed. The Indiana Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction over the appeal of that order on an emergency basis.

                Attorneys for Board of School Commissioners    
                Ellen E. Boshkoff
                Roberta S. Recker
                Jessica P. Barth
                Indianapolis, IN

                B. Keith Shake
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorneys for Walpole        
                Richard J. Darko
                Eric M. Hylton
                Andrielle M. Metzel
                Indianapolis, IN




Wednesday, October 1, 2003

1:30 p.m.     MPACT CONSTRUCTION GROUP, LLC. v. SUPERIOR CONCRETE CONSTRUCTORS, INC., et al.

A general contractor on a construction project moved to compel arbitration of legal claims involving the general contractor, various subcontractors, and property owner. The Gibson Circuit Court denied the motion to compel arbitration. The Court of Appeals affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. MPACT Construction Group, LLC v. Superior Concrete, Constructors, Inc., 785 N.E.2d 632 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted transfer, vacating the Court of Appeals’ opinions, and has assumed jurisdiction over the case and set it for oral argument.


            Attorneys for Appellant
            Steven S. Hoar
            Evansville, IN
            Don L. Smith
            Nashville, TN

            Attorneys for Appellees
            Angela L. Freel            James D. Johnson
            Evansville, IN             Evansville, IN
            Jerry Stilwell                R. Steven Krohn
            Princeton, IN                 James E. Stoltz
            Robert F. Stayman            Evansville, IN
            Evansville, IN



Wednesday, October 1, 2003

2:15 p.m.     Ritchie R. Halsema v. State of Indiana
Frank L. Halsema v. State of Indiana

Frank Halsema and Ritchie Halsema were convicted of drug related crimes in Tippecanoe Superior Court. The Supreme Court has granted petitions to transfer jurisdiction in both appeals, vacating the Court of Appeals’ opinions reported at 783 N.E.2d 1199 and 784 N.E.2d 591, and has consolidated the appeals for purposes of oral argument.

                Attorney for Frank Halsema
                Phillip R. Smith
                Lafayette, IN

                Attorney for Ritchie Halsema
                Thomas J. O’Brien
                Lafayette, IN

                Attorney for State
                Monika Prekopa Talbot
                Indianapolis, IN



Thursday, October 2, 2003

9:00 a.m.     Lake County Auditor v. Lonnie Burks
    
The Lake Superior Court declared that Burks was entitled to the surplus resulting from a tax sale of residential property as the only surviving heir of the owner of record. The Court of Appeals reversed. Lake County Auditor v. Burks, 785 N.E.2d 583 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted transfer and assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for Appellant
                    Edward R. Hall
                    Merrillville, IN

                    Attorney for Appellee
                    David Paul Allen
                    Hammond, IN
                                    

Thursday, October 2, 2003

9:45 a.m.     Associated Medical Networks, LTD v. Dr. William Lewis, et al.

Two physicians and a medical center filed this class action complaint against health insurance companies. The complaint alleged that the insurance companies failed to honor insured patients’ assignments of benefits to physicians. The Marion Superior Court certified the case as a class action. The Court of Appeals affirmed. Associated Medical Networks, Ltd. v. Lewis, 785 N.E.2d 230 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The insurance companies are petitioning to transfer jurisdiction to the Supreme Court.

            Attorney for Appellants
                Thomas G. Stayton
                John Joseph Tanner
                Daniel R. Roy
            Indianapolis, IN

                Attorneys for Appellees
                Irwin B. Levin
                David J. Cutshaw
            Indianapolis, IN                 

Thursday, October 2, 2003
10:30 a.m.     State of Indiana v. Robert Bulington

The Tippecanoe Superior Court granted a motion to suppress certain evidence. The State of Indiana appealed and the Court of Appeals reversed. State v. Bulington, 783 N.E.2d 338 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). Robert Bulington has filed a petition asking the Indiana Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the appeal.


                Attorneys for Bulington
            E. Kent Moore
                Lafayette, IN
    
Attorneys for State
                Monika Prekopa Talbot
                Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, October 2, 2003
1:30 p.m.     D & M Healthcare v. Indiana Family & Social Services

Nursing homes sought a declaration judgment in the Marion Superior Court regarding the validity of certain legislation. The judgment of the trial court was reversed on appeal. D & M Healthcare, Inc. v. Ind. Family and Social Services, 793 N.E. 2d 241 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The State has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                Attorneys for D & M
                J. Michael Grubbs
            Peter J. Rusthoven
                Thomas F. Shea
                Julie C. Sipe
                Indianapolis, IN

Attorneys for Indiana Family and Social Services
                Steve Carter
            Frances H. Barrow
                Indianapolis, IN
            
                Attorneys for Governor Kernan
Karl L. Mulvaney
            Nana Quay-Smith
                Rafael A. Sanchez
                Indianapolis, IN

Monday, October 20, 2003

1:30 p.m.     Sterling Riggs v. State of Indiana

Sterling Riggs was convicted of murder and criminal deviate conduct in the Marion Superior Court. The Court of Appeals affirmed in an unpublished memorandum decision and Riggs has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                Attorney for Riggs
                Timothy J. O’Connor
                Indianapolis, IN

Attorneys for State
        Cynthia L. Ploughe
                Indianapolis, IN

Monday, October 20, 2003

2:45 p.m.     Clarence Fraley v. Clarence Minger, et al.

The Ripley Circuit Court ruled that the Mingers acquired title to real estate by adverse possession. The Court of Appeals reversed in Fraley v. Minger, 786 N.E.2d 288 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court granted transfer thus vacating the Court of Appeals opinion and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

Attorney for Fraley
Todd A. Richardson
Matthew S. Tarkington
Indianapolis, IN

Rita J. Baldwin
                Zionsville, IN

                Attorney for Minger
Larry L. Eaton
Versailles, IN


Wednesday, October 22, 2003            
            
9:00 a.m.     Phillip A. Stroud v. State of Indiana

Appellant Stroud was convicted of murdering three people and was sentenced to death by the St. Joseph Superior Court. In this direct appeal, appellant argues the convictions and sentence should be reversed.

                    Attorney for Stroud
                    Eric K. Koselke
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Brent Westerfeld
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for State
                    James B. Martin
                    Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

9:45 a.m.     Benjamin Ritchie v. State of Indiana

Appellant Ritchie was convicted of murder and other offenses. He was sentenced to death by the Marion Superior Court. In the direct appeal, appellant argues the murder conviction and death sentence should be reversed.

                            Attorney for Ritchie
                Mark Small
            Kevin McShane
                Indianapolis, IN        
    
                Attorney for State
                Stephen Creason
            Indianapolis, IN


Wednesday, October 22, 2003

10:30 a.m.     William A. Seals v. State of Indiana

William Seals was convicted of murder in the Decatur Circuit Court. The Court of Appeals affirmed in an unpublished memorandum decision and Seals has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the appeal.

Attorney for Seals
            Leanna Weismann
            Lawrenceburg, IN

            Attorney for State
            Justin F. Roebel
            Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

9:30 a.m.     Steven Kendall v. State of Indiana

Steven Kendall was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated battery in the Marion Superior Court. The Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part. Kendall v. State, 790 N.E.2d 122 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The State of Indiana has petitioned to transfer jurisdiction to the Supreme Court.

                Attorney for Kendall
                Lesa Lux Johnson
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for State
                Steve Carter
                Jodi Kathryn Stein
                Indianapolis, IN


Wednesday, October 29, 2003

10:15 a.m.     Sherman C. Debro v. State of Indiana

Sherman Debro challenges his plea agreement and sentence, following a guilty plea to a charge of criminal recklessness entered by the Monroe Circuit Court. The Court of Appeals reversed, but the Indiana Supreme Court has vacated that opinion, reported at 784 N.E.2d 1029, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                Attorney for Debro
                Michael J. Spencer
                Bloomington, IN

                Attorney for State
                Richard C. Webster
                Indianapolis, IN
                
Thursday, October 30, 2003

9:00 a.m.     ISP.com LLC and ISP.net LLC v. David J. Theising, Receiver of IQUEST INTERNET, Inc.

The ISP defendants moved to compel arbitration of certain claims, but the Hamilton Superior Court denied that motion. The Court of Appeals affirmed. ISP.com LLC v. Theising, 783 N.E.2d 1228 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted transfer and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                Attorney for Appellants
                Jeffrey R. Gaither
            T. Joseph Wendt
                Indianapolis, IN
    
                Attorneys for Appellee
                John C. Hoard
                R. Brock Jordan
            David Theising
                Indianapolis, IN                 

Thursday, October 30, 2003
9:45 a.m.     Julie Marie Bojrab v. George David Bojrab

The Allen Superior Court entered a dissolution decree that was affirmed in part and reversed in part by the Court of Appeals. Bojrab v. Bojrab, 786 N.E.2d 713 (Ind. ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted transfer of jurisdiction, thus vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                 Attorney for J. Bojrab
                Nana Quay-Smith
                Karl L. Mulvaney
                Candace L. Sage
                Denise W. Chavis
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for D. Bojrab
                Stephen P. Rothberg
                Fort Wayne, IN

Thursday, October 30, 2003

10:30 a.m.     Stephen & Melinda Vaughn v. Daniels Co. (West Virginia), Inc.

Stephen Vaughn was injured while assembling a coal sump. He filed a complaint against Daniels Company, who prepared the blueprints and specifications for the sump. The Daviess Circuit Court entered summary judgment for Daniels Company. The Court of Appeals reversed. Vaughn v. Daniels Co. (West Virginia), Inc., 777 N.E.2d 1110 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002), reh’g granted to clarify dissent, 782 N.E.2d 1062 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). Daniels Company seeks transfer of jurisdiction to the Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Daniels Company (West Virginia), Inc.
Jeffrey W. Ahlers
Todd C. Barsumian

Attorneys for Stephen and Melinda Vaughn
Peter Campbell King
J. Kevin King