WALKER, Jack Michael, et al.,                                                              ) 
                                                                                                )    Supreme Court case no.
                  appellants,                                                                   )    17S03-9806-CV-670
             v.                                                                                 )    Court of Appeals case no.
                                                                                                )    17A03-9806-CV-279
      CAMPBELL, Jennifer Rene and                                                               )
  Kevin Eugene,                                                                                 )    DeKalb Circuit Court case no.
                                                                                                )    17C01-9710-AD-016
                  appellees.                                                                    )

This matter comes before the Court on Appellees' petition to transfer from a decision of the Court of Appeals. See Ind.Appellate Rule 11(B ). The materials show that the trial court granted the adoption petition filed by Appellees, Jennifer Rene Campbell and Kevin Eugene Campbell. Thereafter, Appellants, Jack Michael Walker, as the putative biological father, and

Jack L. Walker and Stella Walker, as grandparents, initiated an appeal, but after briefing had been completed, Appellants moved to dismiss the appeal on grounds that a settlement had been reached. In a published opinion, the Court of Appeals, among other things, declined to grant Appellants' motion to dismiss, held that certain adoption statutes were unconstitutional in some respects, reversed the trial court's order granting the adoption, and remanded for further proceedings. Walker v. Campbell, 711 N.E.2d 42 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999), (Opinion by Bailey, J., with whom Najam, J., concurs. Sharpnack, C.J., dissents with opinion) reh'g denied

    The Court has reviewed the Court of Appeals opinion, the record of proceedings, the briefs filed in the Court of Appeals, and the materials submitted in connection with the transfer petition, and has discussed the case in conference. Being duly advised, and pursuant to Appellate Rule 11(B), Appellees' petition to transfer is granted and the Court of Appeals opinion is hereby vacated and held for naught. The Court, now having jurisdiction of the appeal and all issues as if originally filed in this Court, Appellants' motion to dismiss is granted, and the appeal is dismissed.

    West Publishing is directed to publish this order.

    The Clerk is directed to send copies of this order to attorneys of record and West Publishing.
    Done at Indianapolis, Indiana this 24th day of November, 1999.

                        Randall T. Shepard
                        Chief Justice of Indiana
All Justices concur.

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